Love Our Wetlands – Waiheke

Explore the wetlands of Waiheke

Love Our Wetlands Waiheke works with the local community and volunteer groups towards the ecological restoration and protection of seven significant wetland habitats on Waiheke Island –  Te Matuku, Te Whau, Matiatia Headland, Rangihoua, Okahuiti, Te Huruhi Bay and Owhanake.
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Volunteer with us

The project started in 2015 and uses a volunteer workforce consisting of local schools and community groups, individuals and families at planting days and corporate teams.

Volunteers have been working with the Waiheke Resources Trust on removing invasive weeds from the wetlands and planting native trees. The support of volunteers and the Waiheke community plays a huge part in the success of the project.

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Why are wetlands important?


LOWW is currently working to restore seven wetlands on Waiheke, each of which has unique historical, cultural and environmental value. Through this mahi, we are creating vibrant habitats where our native species can thrive.
People who walk through the sites can see and hear the changes as birds return, trees grow, and the wetlands flourish.
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Annual report

See the progress that has been made on Waiheke's wetlands since 2015 and find out what we have planned for the future.

Volunteer groups

Love Our Wetlands welcomes corporate and community groups from across Aotearoa who looking to engage with environmental community projects.

We can 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 your visit.

With the help of our generous sponsor, Fullers, we offer volunteer groups a 50% discount on adult return ferry travel.

Once on the island, our knowledgeable Volunteer Coordinators will meet your group at Matiatia wharf and journey out to one of the 7 wetlands that WRT looks after - Te Matuku, Rangihoua, Te Whau, Okahuiti, Te Huruhi Bay Reserve, Owhanake or Matiatia. Once at the wetland, the day will be spent planting; tree releasing; removing weeds; learning about local history, native plants, animal and fish species;and all about our amazing natural resources - wetlands!

To book a volunteer day, email or fill out our volunteering form.


Our partners

Waiheke Local Board

Waiheke Local Board is our founding funder and has been supporting the project since 2015. The Local Board has contributed $150,000 to the project each year through its restoration contract. Through this partnership, WRT has leveraged other sources of funding to amplify our restoration work.

Million Metres

Million Metres is Aotearoa’s only dedicated programme for connecting local waterway restoration projects with large scale funding and resources. It set out on a mission to restore at least one million metres of waterways across Aotearoa.

In 2017 WRT began its partnership with Million Metres and to date has run 4 campaigns raising a total of $12,4988.20. You can support the current campaign here.

Trees that Count

Trees that Count is a conservation charity bringing together business, community and everyday Kiwis, with the vision of helping plant millions of native trees across the country. Trees that Count and their donors have donated a total of 17,812 native trees to LOWW since 2016.


Fullers has provided subsidised ferry transport for our LOWW volunteer groups since 2016, helping bring people over to nurture and love our wetlands on Waiheke.

Sustainable Business Network - Partnering to Plant

In August 2020 WRT partnered with SBN to deliver the Partnering to Plant (P2P) project with Jobs for Nature government funding. The project expands the ecological restoration work of LOWW and supports a thriving, resilient community by providing the equivalent of 10 full time jobs to those that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

One Billion Trees

Aotearoa's government developed the One Billion Trees Programme to increase tree planting across Aotearoa. The goal is to double the current planting rate to reach one billion trees planted by 2028. WRT was successful in its two year application and received $91,248.00 to support the planting of 10,000 trees in 2021.

Auckland Council

Auckland Council’s Community Coordination and Facilitation Grant provides support for community conservation coordinators to strategically increase collaboration, capacity and on the ground delivery of projects across Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). In 2020 WRT was successful in a two year application to this grant to the value of $50,000. This fund supports the LOWW corporate and community volunteer programme.

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