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Nature and Whenua

Nature and Whenua

Protecting and enhancing our nature and whenua is crucially important. Council is involved in a number of projects and initiatives designed to look after native plants and environments and works closely with a number of agencies to enhance our natural surroundings.

Sand dunes

Beaches and sand dune restorations

Volunteers in Himatangi Beach continue to work alongside Council in the restoration of native grasses of the sand dunes (which are reputed to be the largest in New Zealand), and improve their overall health.

Ōroua stream

Ōroua Catchment Care Group

Set up in 2012, the group has been established to improve the health of the Ōroua River and restore the mana of the awa. This is part of the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord and Manawatū District Council is a stakeholder.


Wetlands for the Wastewater Treatment Plant

Council is constructing a native plant wetland at the Wastewater Treatment Plan. The wetland will help to remove more nitrates and nutrients from treated wastewater before it enters into the Ōroua River and improve the health of the river systems.

The native plants have been nurtured and supplied by Council's Kawakawa Road Native Plant Nursery!

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Jobs for Nature

Jobs for Nature has supplied funding to Ngāti Kauwhata, who have been working alongside Council on various projects that will improve environmental health.

These projects include the Wetlands at the Manawatū Wastewater Treatment Plant, Awahuri Forest – Kitchener Park regeneration.

small kawakawa seedlings

Kawakawa Road Native Plant Nursery

The native plant nursery was initially set up to provide plants for the buffer around the Wastewater Treatment Plant. However, with an ever increasing demand for native plants, the nursery is now a major supplier to Horizons Regional Council and other agencies, as well as for community projects like the Missing Wingman Trust’s Living Memorial at Mt Stewart.

In the last 12 months the nursery has supplied around 75,000 native seedlings to projects across the district.

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Awahuri Forest - Kitchener Park Forest Trust

Awahuri Forest – Kitchener Park is the last remaining podocarp forest in lower Manawatū and Council is responsible for the forest.

In 2014, we established the Awahuri Forest – Kitchener Park Trust to look after the day to day management of the forest and aid in its regeneration.