The Waiwhetū Stream
New Picnic table Te Whiti Park Northern footbridge
The recent high flows on the 8th of December 2019 are part of the stream's natural response to heavy rainfall. Click here for information about flooding by the Waiwhetu.
Weed suppressant trial near Hayward Terrace. Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and FWS are conducting a scientific trial in a nation-first search for eco-friendly flood resistant weed control. Read more here.
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)
Friends of Waiwhetu finalists in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Community Awards for 2019
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.
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 30 bags of rubbish.