The Waiwhetū Stream

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The Friends of Waiwhetu Stream were the winners of the Environment Section of the Hutt City Community Awards last night (8 July).

Committee members Ros Wech and Henry Steele were there on the night to receive the award which recognises all the work the volunteers do.

Well done everyone


18 October 2021

7 pm Pelorus House

93 Hutt Park Road, Gracefield

All welcome.

We are having a presentation by Wilderlab

If you'd like to contact us please use this email address



New initiative: We need weed warriors to help us rid the stream banks of weeds so the natives can grow. Can you help out every 3rd Sunday of the month for a few hours to hand weed plants?

No experience necessary. Training and tools provided

Contact Ros if interested

Check out Predator-Free Fairfield  a local group also keen on restoring the ecology of the area.

See a problem? If you see pollution or anything odd in the stream report it to the Hutt City Council on their website.

Website updated 16 September 2021


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


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




Get involved

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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.

Fish Surveys: Come along and count the fish on selected days. Next Survey 27/28 November 2020, Near Birdwood Avenue

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.

Committee meetings: Come along and find out what we do and how to help out. Contact us for details. Usually 7.30 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