About Us

Working together for a healthy harbour

Whangamata Harbour Care is a volunteer, community-based group who's objective is, to help restore and protect the harbour.

We do this through, action, advocacy and education.

We have recognised four key concerns:

  1. Our mangroves need to be managed better and cost effectively.

  2. Sedimentation issues need to be addressed and minimised.

  3. Migratory wader birds need a more suitable roosting site, to ensure they get maximum rest before they embark on their migration.

  4. Predator and pest animals need to be reduced to ensure a healthier habitat for our harbour birds.

By addressing these concerns, our future generation will also be able to

enjoy the harbour as we do. 

Our vision is of a healthy sustainable harbour and estuarine environment of mutual benefit to native flora and fauna, and the people of Whangamata.

"This means a nice, safe, clean harbour and estuary - with birds, fish and clean water. Just like the old days - for us to enjoy now and into the future."

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Our Story

Set up in 1997, by a group of concerned citizens, Whangamata Harbour Care members have spent thousands of hours in our harbour and estuaries, repairing the damage we have inflicted on our special resource.

Local volunteers and members, have removed rubbish, controlled vermin and other predators, planted native flora and removed mangrove seedlings - plus much more, in order to protect the biodiversity found in our harbour.

If we want future generations to have the same connection to the harbour as we do, we need to look after it.  We can't rely on Councils to just do the work.  It's up to people power. We all need to do our bit.

 
Vision Statement

Our vision is of a healthy sustainable harbour and estuarine environment of mutual benefit to native flora and fauna, and the people of Whangamata.

"This means a nice, safe, clean harbour and estuary - with birds, fish and clean water. Just like the old days - for us to enjoy now and into the future."