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The Waiwhetū Stream

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In December 2022 the Friends of Waiwhetū Stream published a book of their ten-year journey to restore the stream.

You can download a copy of the book here

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Volunteers Paul Bellamy and daughters Miyo (8) and Asayo (6)  fully decked out with gloves and pickers as they pick up rubbish near Te Whiti Park.  Paul is wearing our new sun hats - contact the committee if you'd like one.

AGM - Monday 6 November 2023. 7 pm at Pelorus House

Data, data and monitoring the stream.

Several organisations monitor the water quality and general health of the stream. 

Visit Water Wellington's site here

Visit LAWA heret 

Visit Greater Wellington' s Waiwhetu aquifer monitoring here 


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Winter plantings 

Great work by about 20 volunteers planting 500 native plants on Sunday 23 July

Opposite 45 Riverside Drive South.

Thank you everyone

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A very big thank you to all our volunteers - a group photo of us at Pelorus House on Sunday 10 September.

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Regular volunteers Charlie (left) and Justin (right) Harrington pick up rubbish near Norton Park Bridge.  Since 2014 the number of 50 L rubbish bags collected every year has being decreasing.y.

The Waiwhetu Stream now has its own Wikipedia page, thanks to editor Marshall Clark. You can link to it here and edit 

Website updated 14 September 



Putting out the Fyke nets for the February fish survey this year

Waiwhetū: Star-reflecting stream

The Friends of Waiwhetū Stream is an active community group established in 2011 to work towards a healthy ecosystem for the Waiwhetū Stream in Lower Hutt.

The Waiwhetū Stream starts in the Eastern Hutt Hills in the suburbs of Taita and Naenae and flows out to the mouth of the Hutt River. As the Hutt Valley was settled, the stream underwent changes which were often disruptive of its natural state. In places the natural stream was straightened with concrete channels, vegetation cleared and rubbish and pollutants entered the stream.​

To rehabilitate the stream Friends of Waiwhetū volunteers undertake many activities to improve the natural ecosystem. Planting native vegetation, eradicating weeds and clearing rubbish are some of the many activities carried out. Contact us to learn more and get involved. Check us out on Facebook or Email:

We're also proud to support the Naenae Nature Trust (on Facebook) and the Friends of Awamutu Grove (Contact Amber 0272725410)

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The beautiful sculpture at the northern end of Te Whiti Park was funded in part through the money from the 2014 Wellington Community Awards. Hutt City Council also supported the installation.

Created by Jason Dench ( the sculpture is a kowhai tree and the stream.

AWARD finalists

Friends of Waiwhetu finalists in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Community Awards  for 2019



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Get involved


Kotuku, photographed in 2011 by Arthur Davis

There are several ways you can volunteer:

Plantings: Turn up with good footwear, gardening gloves and a spade, although some are provided

Weed control:  Pulling out weeds, spraying or helping spread mulch. Contact rosw62@gmail for info.

Fish Surveys: Come along and count the fish on selected days. Look out for upcoming dates on the website

Rishworth Reserve

Located at the end of Rishworth Street, come along every Wednesday at 10 am to help plant natives and carrying out weeding.

Rubbish collection: The first weekend in every month volunteers collect rubbish. Sturdy shoes or gumboots and good gardening gloves. Bags and pickers supplied. The stream is divided into sections and on a typical collection 40 people will collect over 20 bags of rubbish. If you'd like to be involved contact us.

Committee meetings: Come along and find out what we do and how to help out. Contact us for details. Usually 7.15 pm, every second Monday of the Month at Pelorus Trust House

Hutt City Council and Wellington Airport Regional Community Award 2014

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The many stages of Waiwhetū Stream

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A small concrete channel flowing through Naenae


A more natural stream in Fairfield, Waterloo and Waiwhetū


A wider stream through Gracefield and Seaview

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