Our Community working to restore the well-being / mauri of Te Wai o Pareira

OUR Goals

  • Build awareness and knowledge of the Awa

  • Be advocates for Te Wai o Pareira with authorities and the wider community

  • Work actively to clean up the Awa

  • Build a sense of community of concern and action around the Awa

Long term we aspire to restore Te Wai o Pareira to a healthy and safe state that supports diverse and abundant  life​


Te Wai o Pareira/Henderson Creek borders and defines Te Atatu Peninsula. The awa has influenced both the natural and human history of Te Atatu Peninsula.
Te Wai o Pareira is a natural treasure. It supports diverse and abundant life. Our human community swims, sails, rows, kayaks and fishes in the awa. The awa’s well-being is linked to the health of our community.
For the past 170 years the awa has suffered from the challenges of land clearance, industrial and agricultural pollution, frequent sewerage and stormwater inflows and leachate contamination. The consequences of this are now obvious.
Te Wai o Pareira is the responsibility of this community. We need to advocate for the awa, as it cannot speak for itself. We need to work to restore the awa to a healthier state so it can once again support abundant life.


Currently, River Care Group Te Wai o Pareira is an informal, volunteer led community group.   Our achievements in little over a year and a half include:

  • Created the Rivercare Group - Te Wai o Pareira Facebook page that now has over 370 followers. We regularly post on this and the Te Atatu Peninsula page

  • Have built a growing body of support and now have 156 people on our mailing list

  • Have a growing number of volunteers working across a range of Rivercare initiatives 

  • Held two successful public meetings with over 120 people attending. 12,000 flyers distributed and numerous signs put up

  • Worked closely with Safeswim to develop, and contribute, to Safeswim modelling for Taipari and Chapman Strands. We have a group of volunteers trained to undertake on-going water quality testing that will inform the model. Once operational, we will know when the awa is safe to swim in

  • Collaborated with 'Down to Earth Kiwis' in a massive river clean up. Between DTEK and our Rivercare Group, we removed 2.65 tonnes of rubbish from the Whau River and Te Wai o Pareira

  • Developed our graphics, brand and merchandise. We have a fabulous logo. T-shirts, caps and bumper stickers . Getting these out into the public domain will further promote our mahi

  • .Built relationships with our Local Board, local water sports and community groups, Council Agencies, NIWA, local and regional environmental groups

  • Participated in the formation of the Te Atatu Peninsula Te Tai Ao/Conservation Network - a collaboration of environmental groups working in the Te Atatu area

  • Undertaken and presented research on the history, impacts and current status of the Taipari Strand landfill 

  • Presented to Sustainability students at Auckland University and have begun building a working relationship with the university   

  • Are collaborating with Sustainable Coastlines in undertaking a litter audit at sites on the awa to better understand the volume and type of gross litter present

  • Have begun exploring infrastructure solutions to prevent gross litter entering our waterways via the storm-water system