Pioneer Group Works to Protect Majestic Peninsula

Hello there and thanks for visiting our site.

Awhitu Landcare is one of the pioneer community environmental groups in New Zealand. Our volunteer work commenced in 1994, and covers the entire 22,000 hectare Awhitu Peninsula – a giant, ancient sand dune.

With gentle harbour beaches on one side, the wild Tasman on the other and rare dune lakes in between, the Awhitu Peninsula is indeed a majestic landscape. It is also a dynamic and fragile environment which needs, and deserves, protecting.

If you’ve never visited Awhitu, come pay a visit, you’ll find there’s lots to explore - here are just a few suggestions. 

Community Commitment

Our objectives are to be beneficial to the community in the following ways:

  • To promote, and where possible facilitate, the protection and restoration of the natural features of the Awhitu environment, including waterways, and to encourage community appreciation of these values
  • To carry out a dedicated pest reduction programme throughout the Awhitu Peninsula, employing whichever means prove most effective
  • To enhance and expand Awhitu’s natural native vegetation, employing whichever means prove most effective
  • To work towards the successful reintroduction of lost species which would have once been present in and around Awhitu

Our vision is a region where the land and waterways sustainably nurture flourishing, diverse communities of NZ plants, animals and people.  A community which places high value on the natural Awhitu environment, enjoys its heritage and supports, and is involved in, its conservation.

Landcare volunteers give over 4,000 hours to this work every year and we estimate in the past 21 years more than 120,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted, and over 25,000 pests destroyed.

We have lots happening throughout the year, and we’d love you to join us

 Our land sustains us, it is our future.

Latest News

WE'RE HOLDING AN OPEN DAY

Visit our premises in Matakawau, next to the Awhitu School, any time from 10am to 2pm on Sunday 22 October. It's Market Day at the Matakawau Hall just over the road from us - why not combine the two events and enjoy a day out. Look forward to seeing you there! Read more...

Every Tues and Thurs 9am to midday our community plant nursery is open, producing native plants to benefit our environment. Come and see what we get up to, maybe lend a hand, you'll find we're a friendly bunch who enjoy a cuppa together afterwards. It's a great way to meet new friends. :-)