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Planting along the Stream

Please contact FoWS before planting any plants. We plant only local, eco-sourced native plants and we plan where these are best planted for the stream and surroundings.

Matariki Community Planting Event: Sunday 30 June

Meet at 1.30 pm, Riverside Drive South (Turn right at the Wainui Road bridge and keep going till you see our flag)

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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 projects carried out. Contact us to learn more and get involved.

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Refreshing of the picnic tables and benches is underway by Greater Wellington. FWS would like to thank GW for this work, the tables look fantastic with their new coat of paint.

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Stream Bed Clean

On Saturday 23 March 2024, 10 hardy volunteers in three groups spread out to sweep the stream bed and pick up rubbish.

A total of 11 bags of rubbish were collected.

Very few large items (except one letterbox and a big cooking pot).

This time around floatation devices were used and proved to be very successful. FWS would like to thank all those that came and helped out. 

A job well done!

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What We Do


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The many stages of Waiwhetū Stream

Data and monitoring the stream

Wikipedia Page

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

The Waiwhetu Stream now has its own Wikipedia page, thanks to editor Marshall Clark. 

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