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We’re Here to Help

Awhitu Landcare volunteers write regular newsletters called ‘Enviro News’, and these are published in our local Paper, the Waiuku Post. Past copies are available here. For people new to the area we produced a booklet in 2008 ‘Welcome to Awhitu’ which describes the Peninsula from an environmental perspective. You can view this in four sections:

Our volunteer committee meets monthly to report on, oversee, and plan, all the Awhitu Landcare projects. All our activities are guided by the group’s Constitution, which sets out the objectives we are working towards, and the way the Group is managed. A copy of our Constitution is available here. Our formal Annual General Meeting is held every June.

Reference Books

We have a growing library of our own reference books which we are happy to share.

  • National Pest Plant Accord - co-operative agreedment between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI), unitary and regional councils and Department of Conservation
  • Wetland Restoration – a handbook for NZ Freshwater systems – M Peters & B Clarkson
  • New Zealand’s Native Trees – J Dawson & R Lucas
  • Nature Guide to the New Zealand Forest – J Dawson & R Lucas
  • Continuous Cover Forestry – a handbook for the management of New Zealand Forests – I Barton
  • Native Trees – planting and early management for wood production – D Bergin & L Gea
  • Pohutakawa – Ecology, establishment, growth and management – D Bergin & G Hoskin
  • Farming with Native Trees – A guide for farmers from Northland to Waikato – M Dodd & H Ritchie
  • Kauri – Ecology, establishment, growth and management – D Bergin & G Steward
  • Totara – Establishment, growth and management – D Bergin
  • Seedling Field Guide to common pest plants of Auckland Region – Weedfree Trust
  • Seedling Field Guide to common natives of Auckland Region – Weedfree Trust
  • Pingao – The golden sand sedge – guidelines for propagation and establishment
  • Maioro to Manukau Heads – T Aspin
  • Indigenous Forestry – Sustainable Management – Ministry of Forestry/NZ Farm Forestry Association 1998
  • Native Forest Monitoring – a guide for forest owners and managers – P Hanford


We have many booklets available, including case study booklets from Landcare Trust.

  • Benefits of Biodiversity for Farmers
  • Action on the Ground
  • Volcano to Sea project
  • Best Management practices for enhancing water quality in the Waikato
  • Landcare - A Practical Guide
  • Community-owned rural catchment management - a guide for partners
  • What’s important - preventing leakage of bacteria, nutrients and sediments from our pastoral farming systems
  • Biodiversity case studies = farmers leading biodiversity enhancement
  • Managing land for the future - Kaimai Mamaku catchment

Every so often we come across interesting articles which we would like to share.

There are many helpful websites assisting with environmental issues, here are just a few of them.

Do you have any suggestions for information we could add to our Resources? If so, please just let us know.