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Here are a few suggestions to help. We can all make a difference to waterways.

Every year, Keep New Zealand Beautiful mobilises over 70,000 volunteers - cleaning up beaches, picking up litter, removing graffiti, planting trees and lots more. They also work in schools teaching our kids to be tidy Kiwis and helping to protect our beautiful country for future generations. Almost all their work is done by volunteers, so why not join them and keep our country (and waterways) beautiful?

NZ Landcare Trust
NZ Landcare Trust partners with farmers, stakeholders, community catchment and landcare groups to make a tangible difference to New Zealand's waterways and landscapes. They're here to help preserve and protect our land, rivers, streams and tributaries for future generations. They run various workshops and events around the country – follow their Facebook page for more details.

Department of Conservation (DOC)

DOC works with hundreds of community conservation groups all around New Zealand – from restoring forests, coasts and wildlife to managing huts, tracks and historic places. They have a huge list of projects and volunteer groups around the country, so why not jump in and get involved, click here.


LAWA stands for Land, Air, Water Aotearoa and, as its name suggests, it's where you can find info about our natural resources - including data on water quality and updates on which waterways are suitable for swimming. LAWA also holds and supports regular events, so check them out here.

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Become a citizen scientist with NIWA
NIWA is currently undertaking a nationwide study to provide better guidance to groups undertaking stream restoration. Once that's done, they'll be looking for 'citizen scientists' to improve our environment by tracking changes in water and habitat quality. If that sounds like something you'd like to be involved in, click to find out more.

Your local council
Regional and local councils are a huge source of info and events – click to find the official page for your local council.

If you have a community project you would like to add, please get in touch with