Love Our Wetlands – Waiheke

Waiheke Resources Trust began mobilising volunteers to plant 3200 locally eco-sourced native plants

The Love Our Wetlands Waiheke project is by the Waiheke Resources Trust and proudly funded by the Waiheke Local Board.


Love Our Wetlands Waiheke is a local initiative led and guided by local experts. The project works with the Waiheke community and volunteer groups towards the ecological restoration and protection of 4 significant wetland habitats and surrounding environments on Waiheke Island – Te Matuku, Te Whau, Rangihoua & Matiatia Headland.

This is our third year. We have already planted 6,333 native trees with the help of more than 600 volunteers & 2,000 hours of volunteer effort!

The project uses a volunteer workforce consisting of local schools, community groups and individuals at community planting days and also corporate volunteer groups that contact us through our partnership with Volunteer Auckland. These groups have been working on both planting and removing invasive weeds from the wetlands. The support of these groups have a huge part in the success of the project.

Why are wetlands important?


Wetlands are one of our richest natural resources, here are just some of the reasons why we love our wetlands!

Wetlands are like the kidneys of the earth. Wetlands improve water quality, they help to process nutrients, trap sediment & soils & filter contaminants for the water as it flow from the land out to the ocean.

Wetlands trap carbon. The peet bogs found in wetlands mean that any fallen tree and plant debits can lay undisturbed for centuries trapping the carbon in the bog.

Wetlands reduce flooding effects. They act like sponges sucking up water during floods and releasing it in drought.

Wetlands are a nursery and habitat to many rare and endangered bird, fish & plant species. More species of wildlife inhabit a wetland than bushland the same size.

In New Zealand only 10% of wetlands remain. Being an island community we are more connected to the waterways and ocean that surrounds us. If you would like to be involved in the restoration work happening in your community click here to find out how.

650 volunteers, over 2000 volunteer hours & 6333 eco-sourced native trees planted!

The Love Our Wetlands Waiheke project welcomes groups from around New Zealand looking to engage with environmental community projects.

We are able to assist with planning your travel to and around Waiheke, and can also arrange visits to local vineyards or attractions should you wish to make the most of the visit.

One of our knowledgeable Volunteer Coordinators will meet your group at the Queens Wharf in Auckland and once on Waiheke a bus will pick you up and journey out to one of the 4 Wetlands - Te Matuku, Rangihoua, Te Whau & Matiatia. Once at the wetland the day will be spent planting, removing weeds, learning about local history, native plant, animal and fish species and all about our amazing natural resources - Wetlands!


We've started a campaign with the Million Metres Streams Project to raise the funds to further restore 1483 metres of the Rangihoua Wetland.

We can envision a wetland oasis of manuka, kanuka, totara, puriri, kowhai and harakeke at this site. We are planting more than 2,500 square metres and 1483 metres of waterway with 1,020 more native trees going in this year.
We’ve worked with the experts to develop a diverse planting plan. Our plants come from Waiheke Native Plant Nursery and Gulf Trees. This means your donation will put dollars into the local community. It also means the plants are from around here, so will thrive in this environment.

We love our wetlands and we would love your support!


To show your support by either pledging a metre or sharing with your friends and whanau visit our Million Metres page here.

This year the Love Our Wetlands Waiheke project is very pleased to welcome our new sponsor Fullers. With Fullers support we are able to offer subsidised ferry travel to community, school and corporate volunteer groups coming from off island.

This fantastic partnership with Fullers is enabling more volunteers to engage with the project which supports more trees, less weeds and the opportunity to host groups to experience Waiheke’s valuable natural resources.

We work closely with Volunteering Auckland and here is what they have to say about the benefits of engaging your employees in volunteer community projects.

Benefits for the employer:

  • Volunteering provides an opportunity for your company to make a real difference in the community and initiate or further develop your Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
  • Volunteering gives staff an opportunity to contribute to the wider community, growing business loyalty and leading to a more positive internal environment, lowering staff turnover, and increasing motivation and productivity.
  • Volunteering is an effective branding and promotional strategy to raise public profile, it’s one of the simplest and most effective marketing tools for your business.
  • Volunteering strengthens both internal networks across teams and departments in the company and external networks in the community to open up business opportunities.
Benefits for the community:

  • Providing manpower to community projects to get important work done.
  • Potential to build resilience and capacity though providing valuable skills.
  • Opportunity to strengthen networks and form new relationships with businesses.
  • Opportunity to enlist new volunteers.

To learn more about Volunteer Auckland visit their website here

Join us as we restore the natural waters ways of Waiheke Island!


Love Our Wetlands Waiheke supports these United Nations Sustainable Development Goals