Waipu Waters -  who are we?

We are committed to creating and coordinating resources, and mobilising volunteers to achieve our objectives. When the community Waipu River Walk project developed, there were discussions on water quality resulting in a subcommittee focused on water quality. Waipu Waters was formed and joined with an older Waipu water conservation group. Those embryonic footprints have led to a Bio-Blitz event in Waipu which was highly successful with results published in both local and national media.
Our voyage of discovery continues including being incorporated into the strong Piroa Brynderwyn Landcare five-year plan encompassing a clear set of objectives concerned with water quality.
We continue to gain momentum and resources to achieve our objectives.

Mission Statement
We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving and enhancing Waipu’s water environment. We are committed to creating and coordinating resources and mobilising volunteers to achieve our objectives. 

- Create a clean water environment, free of harmful pollution and its downstream impacts.
- Increase public understanding and promote sound land use polices to ensure clean river water quality and drinking water in   the Waipu district.
- Provide the information and leadership to the community and members needed to advance our mission.
- Provide a stream health monitoring service.

- Initiate Catchment groups in the area where landowners collectively take responsibility for the health of the rivers that run in their catchments.
- Liaise with regional and district councils for funding.
- Develop and run a community nursery of native plants for riparian zones.
- Plant appropriate and approved plants using best practise. 

Fish Passage & Stream Health


Waipu's Catchment Group - up & running


Nursery Shindig Opening

A fun gathering was had by Waipu locals to celebrate the opening of the Waipu Waters Community Nursery in November.

Motivated by a collective goal of improving the health of our rivers, the Waipu Waters Community Nursery was formed. The nursery was initiated in May 2022 by the conservation group, Waipu Waters. Working with Piroa Conservation Trust, the nursery aims to produce 20,000 native plants annually for riparian margins, wetlands, and the restoration of migratory paths.
Currently the nursery is growing plants for the Waipu River Walk, the Waipu to Waipu Cove Cycle and Walkway and for local farmers who are interested in planting their riverbanks. Recipients wishing to obtain plants must either pay for the trees or put in some time to produce and plant them. All plants that leave the nursery must be planted in the ground and not left for the landowner to plant at their convenience. All seeds are eco-sourced locally as there are variations of every species within a small radius of a few kilometres.

Dave Brown of Tahamoana Angora goat farm has allowed the use of a discarded nursery on his land for the project. The first working bee was held in June, when over twenty volunteers took on the task of clearing the area which had been dormant for around a decade. Dave also helped with logistics and landscaping.

After a successful start a regular gathering was established. Volunteers have been turning up every second Sunday of the month to continue clearing weeds, repair growing sites and develop a sustainable working nursery. Coralie Roberts has taken the role of nursery manager and has initiated a seed potting operation known as ‘Potting Thursdays’. A small group attend the productive yet social gatherings resulting in approx. 5000 native plants being potted. If you are keen to attend, the potting sessions occur 5.30pm to 8pm every week with a shared dinner afterwards. The nursery would welcome new volunteers - if interested please contact Coralie [email protected] or phone 027432 0293.
Volunteers are also wanted for the second Sunday of every month - contact Peter [email protected] simple builder