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 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

Meet new friends

Our community plant nursery at Matakawau hasn’t missed a beat over summer, with many volunteers helping – thank you people! Lending a hand in the nursery is a great way to socialise and meet new friends. Every Tues and Thurs morning (9.30 to 12.30) we welcome anyone able to donate a few hours. If you are unfamiliar about what happens in a nursery, don’t worry, we’re on hand - and there's something to suit every capability. We’re a friendly lot and we’d love to see you there one day. Sowing a tray of seed and watching it grow into hundreds of healthy young plants, ready to grace the environment, is a truly rewarding pastime. Tiny miracles take place before your very eyes. Read more...