Stream Restoration

Hibiscus & Bays is made up of a series of 34 catchments bounded by hills from which water flows into streams and rivers and ultimately down to the Hauraki Gulf – Tīkapa Moana/Te Moana-nui-ā-Toi. The Gulf is under significant pressure and the most recent State of the Gulf report indicates a marked decline in the mauri, environmental quality and abundance of marine life.

Restore Hibiscus & Bays aims to restore waterways throughout the 34 catchments within the Hibiscus & Bays, connecting native biodiversity across our significant ecological areas (SEAs) and other fragmented native ecosystems and contributing to the protection of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park – Tīkapa Moana/Te Moana-nui-ā-Toi.

Tuna (eel) at Campbells Bay. Photo by Kane Kvasnicka.

We are currently collaborating with the Sustainable Business Network’s Million Metres initiative to facilitate crowdfunding for habitat restoration along the riparian zones of three of our catchment areas: Campbells Bay, Taiaotea–Rothesay Bay and Awaruku-Long Bay. We are also seeking funding for the restoration of streams in the Waiwera catchments and the implementation of the weed control and native planting components of the Orewa Estuary-Te Ara Tahuna Restoration Plan, in collaboration with Forest and Bird Hibiscus Coast.

Working closely with Council and local groups and projects currently carrying out restoration work in these areas, we are developing catchment-wide stream restoration plans and seeking funding to implement these plans over a five-year period.

These catchment stream restoration programmes will involve:

  • Education for landowners, residents and visitors on the negative effects for our waterways of pollutants and waste
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Native planting 
  • Pest plant control and maintenance

If you or your organisation would like to sponsor one of our stream restoration programmes, please visit the relevant project page on the Million Metres website or email Rachael at manager@restorehb.org.nz to arrange a time to chat.