Healthy Habitat Heroes

Location: Avondale
Availability: Mon,Tues,Wed,Thur, Fri, Sat 10am to 2pm
Team size: 10 - 30


This organisation is working towards healthier streams along the Whau river through community participation and kaitiakitanga (guardianship and protection). They deliver a wide range of community-based environmental projects, principally in collaboration with the Auckland Council and other key stakeholders within the catchment. This includes programmes and projects in the areas of ecological restoration and conservation.

Not far from Auckland’s North Western motorway, in sight of thousands of commuters, few would notice Rosebank Peninsula and its adjoining Motu Manawa - Pollen Island to the north, and Motu Te Kou - Traherne Island located within Ara Patiki Bay, which together form part of a small but important marine reserve. This is a recognised ecological hotspot on the very doorstep of the largest city in New Zealand, bordered by the industrial zone of Rosebank Peninsula, and divided by a busy motorway. It is a taonga that goes unnoticed by most.

The Matata (Fernbird) used to be one of the most common birds but has been decimated by predation and habitat loss. This project is working to create Fernbird habitat - dense, twiggy, coastal fringes - to encourage this secretive bird to return and nest. The work you do will help to establish and maintain the special plants, like coastal ribbonwood, that this bird needs.

During the planting season (june to October) you will be involved in helping to plant the "Mayors Millions" of which this organisation has 10,000 trees plus a further 10,000 trees from other providers, all to be planted by the end of October!!

This organisation is working to restore Rosebank Peninsular to protect the special species that live here and to provide an area for local people to enjoy and feel proud of.

On this project your team will be helping in the fight to control weeds which threaten native plants, by planting native plants and mulching them with woodchip to keep them moist in the hot summer months.

By participating in this volunteering opportunity you are helping achieve the following United Nations Sustainability Goals ;

Goal 6 -Clean water and sanitation
Goal 10 - Reduced inequalities
Goal 11 - sustainable cities and communities
Goal 14 - Life below water
Goal 15 - Life on land

We enjoyed working outside with the beautiful scenery and understanding the wider purpose of the project and the benefits to the environment. We also learnt the difference between a weed and a plant!
One outcome of the day was environmental awareness with understanding that restoration to Rosebank is a long process which requires community involvement and resources.


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