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Updated 23 December 2014 5:12pm

There are a number of ways that you can get involved with the management and enhancement of the Waikanae River Environment.

Waikanae River Walkover

The GWRC Flood Protection Department holds an annual public walkover of the Waikanae River, where flood protection projects, operational activities and environmental enhancements are discussed. To register your interest in attending, please email or phone 0800 4WN REG (0800 496 734).


Friends of Waikanae River (FWR)

The FWR have a formal role in monitoring the management of the Waikanae River for flood protection and liaises regularly with Flood Protection Department.

They work closely with all interested people to identify opportunities for restoration of the river environment and try and ensure they happen.

The FWR have planted over 75,000 plants in the river corridor over the past 15 years, making a huge contribution to the restoration of the river corridor.

The FWR have set up a nursery where they grow eco-sourced native plants for each planting season in winter. They hold regular working bees.

For more information or to join, contact Heather McKenzie, Secretary on 04 902 1000, or visit

Waikanae Estuary Care Group

This group is involved in restoration in the Estuary area. For more information visit

Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai

Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai are the mana whenua iwi for the Waikanae River, and engage with GWRC on matters relating to river management and environmental enhancement. For more information visit