Upper Waitematā regeneration
Clearwater Cove working bees
Working with UWEN, local schools and passionate volunteers

Upper Waitematā regeneration

Active in the area since 2012, Kaipātiki Project developed a volunteer native plant nursery and food gardens at Engine Bay in Hobsonville Point.

We are an active member of the Upper Waitematā Ecology Network (UWEN) which is an open forum for a range of groups and organisations who collaborate to restore and regenerate the ecologies of the Upper Waitematā Harbour. 

We engage the community to participate in species and freshwater monitoring and regenerating their local environment, working with local volunteers, groups and schools regularly to accelerate the necessary work required to improve the native ecosystems in this area. 

Clearwater Cove regeneration

We run community regeneration activities at Waipareira Bay or Clearwater Cove Reserve, including its adjacent wetlands near the West Harbour Marina. Recognised by DOC as one of Auckland's most significant estuarial wetlands, it unfortunately suffers from neglect and invasive weed infestations. This area serves as a haven for animal pests like rats and possums, posing a direct threat to local wildlife, including elusive species such as the Moho Pererū/NZ Banded Rail and Tuturiwhatu/Banded Dotterel.

Waipareira Bay or Clearwater Cove isn't just another coastal area—it's an ecological gem. With its diverse coastal saline, wetland, and forest ecosystems, it provides crucial feeding and nesting grounds for coastal waders and marsh birds. Its rarity in Auckland's landscape makes its preservation all the more critical. Its strategic location fosters connectivity between fragmented natural environments within the upper and inner Waitematā Harbour, offering a vital refuge for biodiversity.

Clearwater Cove volunteering
Other initiatives

Pekapeka tou roa - Long Tailed Bats

In 2022, a new collaboration between Kaipātiki Project and Community Waitakere was established to undertake surveys of Pekapeka tou roa (Long Tailed Bats) across Kaipātiki and the wider Auckland North-West local board areas. This ongoing study is aimed at filling in some big gaps in our knowledge of bat presence in these areas by training local people to use automatic and handheld bat detectors.  

Lucas Creek area regeneration

We engage with a range of community, organisations and stakeholders to establish a continuous line of animal pest control adjacent to the estuary in Lucas Creek, building on animal predator control to include bird monitoring and explore opportunities to undertake weed removal and replanting of natives. 

Habitat Hobsonville group

Kaipātiki Project was instrumental in establishing a new community restoration volunteer group Habitat Hobsonville to reflect their passion for restoration of the natural habitat. The group has joined the UWEN and collaborates with Kaipātiki Project and other groups around the Upper Waitematā. We continue to encourage and enable other neighbourhood groups to start regular restoration work. 

Kia ora and thanks to our funders and partners, who make it all possible! 

Auckland CouncilUHLB

Stout Trust


Habitat Hobsonville

UWENCommunity Waitakere