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June 10, 2019

The Waikato RiverCare team is pleased to announce the successful completion of our largest Waikato River project to date, the 5.63Ha Taupiri Ki Waenganui project.

What started as a 1.1ha riparian project in 2014 progressively expanded with the help and support of landowners, our generous sponsors and members of the Huntly community into an ecosystem restoration initiative which included the establishment of a 0.9ha ephemeral we...

April 8, 2019

The deliberate removal of timber rails from fencing protecting a $80k restoration project on the Te Onetea Stream has left project partners and the adjoining landowner staggered by this thoughtless act.

The pictured railing is part of a $20,000.00 investment by the Waikato District Council to support restoration efforts lead by Waikato RiverCare to exclude stock from the stream and to plant native trees along 1,570m of the Te O...

February 17, 2019

Waikato RiverCare has received calls and emails from concerned members of the public regarding some planting sites struggling to cope with the hot, dry conditions.

Waikato RiverCare is aware that some sites that were planted last year are finding the dry conditions difficult, however the organisation, like many businesses in the rural sector, is dependent on mother nature to provide regular seasonal rain.

It is hoped the plants...

September 24, 2018

This planting season Waikato RiverCare planted 38,675 plants across eleven projects.  This year’s project planting got off to an excellent start with river and ground water levels significantly lower than at the same time last year. Big thanks to this year’s plant suppliers Kauri Park Nurseries and our lead planting contractors Native Awa Limited on a job well done over the last six weeks. Our plant suppliers Kauri Park did a...

February 19, 2018

It is always an exciting time at Waikato RiverCare when new projects get off the ground, and 2018 sees work underway on not one but four new sites! This equates to almost 7km of additional riparian planting in the Waikato River catchment covering 6.87ha, plus a further 4.2ha surrounding an ephemeral wetland.


Last week Waikato RiverCare marked the start of the Gateway Project, located just north of Meremere on the Waikato Expre...

November 2, 2017

The start of spring, usually an ideal time for planting, saw the banks of Waikato waterways completely inundated with high water levels following the wettest winter since records began with a year’s rain falling in nine months.

This was hugely disappointing for our eager volunteers from NZI, Spark, Watercare Services, Ohinewai School, Kimihia Primary School, Huntly College and Place Group, who were geared up for a planting day...

October 13, 2017

Waikato RiverCare is excited to be once again supporting the Kilwell Lower Waikato Trout Fishing Contest this year. The contest, which takes place between Karapiro Dam and the Waikato Heads, began at 5am last Saturday 7th October and contestants have until 1pm Sunday 15th October to weigh in their prize winning trout. We are delighted to see contestants of all ages out enjoying the recreational benefits of our awa.

This fishing...

July 10, 2017

Lake Ohinewai, one of our WCEET funded projects, has undergone a huge transformation over the last year. It has been a big job to remove the abundant weeds that were present at the project prior to site preparation beginning. However, the team has done a great job, and, despite having to battle the weather, it is now ready for planting in August / September this year.

Waikato Weed Spraying and Spray Rig Ltd have been busy compl...

March 15, 2017

Our thoughts and support goes out to those people in Auckland and the Coromandel who have been affected by the heavy rains over the weekend, where many homes and businesses have flooded.

The heavy rains caused a significant flood event for some of our projects with Waikato Regional Council’s water level logger recording a 3.5m rise in the Mangawara Stream in just a few short hours. Waikato RiverCare Inc. currently has four proj...

February 27, 2017

The teams from Watercare and Waikato RiverCare Incorporated after signing the new agreement. Credit: Maxine Clayton

Watercare is helping to ensure the well-being of the Waikato River is in good hands, with a $50,000. annual sponsorship to Waikato RiverCare Inc. for their riparian planting.


Last week, Watercare officials, including chief executive, Raveen Jaduram, and water supply manager, Priyan Perea, met with Waikato RiverCar...

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