The rivercare group
- our values

  • To have the well-being of the awa as central to all our activities

  • To maintain respect, integrity, compassion and transparency in all our endeavours

  • To embody and respect Tikanga Maori

How we began

Our Rivercare Group was conceived in early 2019 from a growing sense of concern about the well-being of our much loved awa - Te Wai o Pareira /Henderson Creek/Huruhuru

A poorly managed and significant untreated sewage discharge into the Huruhuru Creek in October 2018 galvanised us into ac[on.

We held our first public meeting in February 2019. From this our Rivercare Group formed and has grown considerably since then. We have been busy building our organisation, growing our understanding, networking and progressing numerous initiatives. Currently we have 10-15 active volunteers, 157 individuals on our mailing list and over 400 members in our Facebook Group.

RiverCare Initial Meeting Feb 19.jpg

Who is involved

Currently the core group progressing the vision of the River Care Group are a small group of volunteers, including Chris Ballantyne,  Russell Cavanagh, Dr Peter Nelson, Jana Beer, David Austin and Kate Storer.  Alan Clist is also providing part time Coordinator support to the group.

We have also been very fortunate to have had the support of Talitha Mentz and  Zimena Dormer-Didovich to get the group established.


We are conscious of the need for more dedicated resources that are required to progress our aims and for that reason we have applied for and been granted some funding from the Auckland Council for the group to become established.

The Auckland Council grant has been provided with the specific goals of enabling us to complete a Strategic Plan, finalise a Health and Safety Plan, basic infrastructure costs and funding for a part time Coordinator.   Building on this foundation we have been granted further funding from Auckland Council through to 30th June 2023 and also received support from Foundation North to support the restarting of the Water Quality Testing programme after this was cancelled due to Covid 19 budget cuts.