Waitete riparian

Started: 2005
Current status: Mostly complete
Involves: Riparian scheme Waitete stream
Partners: MfE
, DOC, 
Landowners, esp Roger Smith, 
James Say Trust
Description: Waitete stream flows along the western edge of Waihi town. A plan to subdivide existing farmland spurred a move to fence off the stream and plant a riparian strip.
The project has been ongoing for 7 years and has involved over 15 kms of fencing and the planting of sedges, shrubs and trees. Parts of the strip now are used as a walkway and a picnic area and maintenance is carried out by HELP Waihi on contract to Hauraki District Council.

Karangahake restoration planting

Started: 2007
Current status: Ongoing
Involves: Planting, maintaining
Partners: DOC, WRC, Ian Bradshaw, nursery, LINZ
Description: Volunteers have been clearing and planting areas of DOC land alongside the old rail trail through the gorge. There are associated efforts to remove some of the weeds (notably privet).
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Hauraki Rail Trail

Started: 2013
Current status: Ongoing
Involves: Planting
Partners: Honda Tree Fund, Rail Trail Trust, WRC, Newmont Waihi Gold, Valder Trust
Description: DOC Planting along Hauraki Rail Trail.

Mangatoetoe Stream

Started: 2013
Current status: Ongoing
Involves: Riparian scheme
Partners: MfE, HDC, James Say Trust, Landowners, Macmahon Contractors, Newmont, Waihi Gold, Honda Tree Fund, Oceana Gold Waihi Operation, WRC
Description: This stream runs through the centre of Waihi. Upper catchment work mostly by Newmont Waihi Gold has resulted in some riparian planting and restoration. HELP Waihi is embarking on restoration of the remainder of the catchment, starting below the State Highway bridge and moving downstream initially. In 2017 the confluence with the Ohinemuri was planted out, though there are still areas in between to address. The Ministry funding finished at the end of 2017 but release work and further clearing and planting is continuing.

Ohinemuri Sedge Trials

Started: 2014
Current status: Ongoing
Involves: Riparian scheme
Partners: WRC EIF grant
Description: HELP Waihi carried out trial plantings of carex geminata and carex secta along the river bank, using different planting densities and control systems. The growth of the plants has been surveyed and assessed to compare the performance of each process.
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Japanese Walnut removal

Started: 2016
Current status: Ongoing
Involves: Poisoning or removal of Japanese Walnuts in Waihi basin
Partners: WRC, HDC, landowners
Description: The walnuts have seeded profusely along the banks of the Ohinemuri River and tributaries. WRC funding covered some removal and a planting project. The planting project was upstream of Pippas Corner on the Rail Trail and is an on-going project.  Upstream walnut removal is being carried out when we can manage it.
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Millstream Walkway Environment Restoration

Started : 2018

Current Status: Ongoing.

Involves : Clearing weed species (such as gorse, wattle, convolvulus, honeysuckle) along the Millstream Walkway, planting with native species and carrying out walking surface improvements.

Partners : HDC, Len Reynolds Trust

Description : Small scale weed removal and native planting has been undertaken over many years by Waihi Walkways members. With the demise of Waihi Walkways, HDC has contracted HELP Waihi to maintain the walkway and some existing walkways members have joined HELP Waihi and are continuing their efforts.  The Len Reynolds grant allows a more comprehensive approach.  Weed removal will be undertaken in late 2018 and early 2019, with planting planned for late autumn and winter. Efforts will be concentrated in the area from the Clarke St entrance to below the Squash Club.

Associated Projects


Started: 2006
Current status: Ongoing
Involves: Wetland planting
Partners: Predator control Environment Society (WBESI)
Description: DOC created new ponding areas on land formerly grazed by cattle (donated to DOC by Snow Brown). Various locals have been maintaining bait lines (2011 on) and WBESI has been central to revegetation programmes (first planting 2010) WBESI has become an associate member of HELP and use the HELP nursery to produce plants.
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Started: 2006
Current status: Ongoing
Involves: Riparian scheme
Description: Uretara Estuary Managers (UEM) are the drivers of a programme to restore the catchment of the Uretara Stream at Katikati. HELP Waihi are contractors to UEM

Otara Creek

Started: 2006
Current status: Ongoing
Involves: Riparian scheme
Partners: Mitigation Auckland Airport
Description: WaiCare Auckland Airport has to carry out mitigation work as part of its cover for loss of waterways in airport expansion. The work was initially overseen by Manukau City Council and WaiCare. HELP has been a contractor for much of the ground clearance, planting and on-going maintenance.
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Rings Beach

Started: 2009
Current status: Ongoing
Catchment restoration Rings Beach volunteers Locals are restoring 35 ha of milled forest, some planted in pines. New plantings represent a wide mix of species and are able to be visited via a network of tracks off the Rings Beach to Matarangi part of the Coromandel Coastal Walkway. HELP has been a major supplier of plants.