Pioneer Group Works to Protect Majestic Peninsula

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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 24 years more than 150,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted, and over 30,000 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

Latest News

Awhitu Peninsula Landcare AGM with guest speaker Ed Chignell Saturday 15th June, 3:30pm, Pollock Hall In a break from tradition, Awhitu Peninsula Landcare are holding their 2019 AGM on a Saturday afternoon in order to give as many peninsula-dwellers the opportunity to attend as possible. Awhitu Peninsula Landcare is utterly committed to the peninsula, but we need to grow the volunteer base in order to build on the fantastic results already achieved in pest control and re-vegetation projects using native seedlings, which we grow from locally eco-sourced seed to provide native plants that will thrive in our area. It is great news that the Government and Auckland Council commitment to Predator Free NZ is feeding a groundswell of concern about environmental issues, and Awhitu PeninsulaLandcare can provide a vehicle to convert concern into action by helping to create an environment where native flora and fauna can flourish. Apart from volunteering for such tasks as potting up of native seedlings and assisting these plants to grow to their best, we need passionate people to help the committee to administer the available funds we access to for pest control and running our native plant nursery. But there are still more opportunities to get involved, from working to make your own backyard predator-free to getting together with neighbours and perhaps targeting a road or some bush area to rid of pests so that the native plants can thrive, and beyond. The possibilities are many and varied, and Awhitu Peninsula Landcare can help in your vision for your area by providing pest control advice, trapping/baiting supplies, and seedlings grown to order from locally-sourced seed. There have been some great results lately with pest control on the peninsula, and to celebrate this and inspire further victories we are fortunate to have engaged an excellent speaker, Predator Free 2050 Ltd's Chief Executive Ed Chignell, to address us at the Awhitu Peninsula Landcare AGM on Saturday June 15th at the Pollock hall. Mr Chignell is the founder of Treescape New Zealand and spent 37 years as co-CEO for the company, which specialises in tree, vegetation and environmental management. This experience and knowledge, along with his vision and passion for a predator-free New Zealand, should make for an inspiring and informative address. All are most welcome to attend both the address and the AGM and we would love to have you involved - in any capacity. Refreshments will be served after the AGM, so please feel free to stay around for a chat with the team about how you may help build a predator-free Awhitu Peninsula. The Awhitu Peninsula Landcare team. Read more...

Every Tues and Thurs 9.30am 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. :-)