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Wetland information and contacts

There are many organisations and books that can offer practical advice and help with your wetland restoration project. Some nurseries specialise in native plants and can help with advice as well as providing plants.

On this page: Organisations, Funding sources, Native plant nurseries, Recommended reading


Waikato Regional Council

Find out if you will require a resource consent for your planned activities. Contact us for practical advice on wetland restoration and pest control. Create your own wetland plan using our template and the completed example as a guide. It will help you to ask the right questions when seeking advice.

Waikato Regional Council staff can also help establish a Landcare group in your area for community involvement in conservation projects.

Your project may qualify for funding through the following Waikato Regional Council initiatives:

  • Environmental Initiatives Fund. The Fund provides one-off grants to projects that directly enhance and/or benefit the environment or provide environmental education.
  • Project Watershed, if your property is located in the Waikato or Waipa river catchments. This Project co-ordinates soil conservation, flood protection and river management for these catchments, and includes protecting wetlands.

District and city councils

District councils support voluntary protection measures and may offer some form of rates relief or other incentive for fencing costs and protection initiatives. Contact your local council for information.

Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Council

The council provides strong support and experience in constructing and enhancing wetlands and farm ponds for game-bird habitat. They also enter into protection covenants.

Contact them at:
RD 9, Hamilton
Phone (07) 849 1666

Conservation Corps

The practical component of this training course may be incorporated into your conservation project if it is under a QEII covenant.

Manager, Youth Core Programmes
Ministry of Youth Affairs
PO Box 10-300
Phone (04) 471 2158
Fax (04) 471 2233

Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation staff can provide information on forest fragment plants and animals and restoration advice. You'll also find 'Protecting and Restoring our Natural Heritage: A Practical Guide' on their website.

Waikato Conservancy Office
Department of Conservation
Private Bag 3072 (18 London Street)
Phone (07) 838 3363

Ducks Unlimited

A non-profit, voluntary organisation, Ducks Unlimited is dedicated to the protection, restoration and development of wetlands. They have expertise in conserving endangered waterfowl and nest box construction. They produce a regular newsletter.

Lottery Grants Board

The Board offers funds to a wide range of non-profit groups. Find out more about the Lottery Grants Board on the Department of Internal Affairs website (under Community Grants Schemes).

Or contact the Board:
Phone 0800 824 824

National Wetland Trust

The National Wetland Trust was established in 1999 to increase the appreciation of wetlands and their values by all New Zealanders. The Trust plans to build a state-of-the-art wetland interpretation centre near Lake Kopuera, in the northern Waikato region.

Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) National Trust

The Trust is an independent organisation set up to help landowners protect important features on their land while retaining ownership. See the QEII National Trust website for your local representative.

Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society

The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society is a conservation group whose aim is the preservation and protection of our native animals and natural features. The society is a valuable contact point in the community, working closely with landowners on a range of projects. Check out the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society website to contact your local branch.

Work and Income New Zealand

Work and Income New Zealand run Community Task Force, a subsidised work scheme that employs workers for non-profit projects within the local community. Contact your nearest office for details.

Funding sources

Listed below are some of the organisations providing funding for projects in the Waikato.
Lion Foundation:
0800 802 908
The Ron D and E A Greenwood Environmental Trust:
Ron Greenwood,
Managing Trustee
PO Box 10-359, Wellington.
Waikato Foundation Trust:
(07) 838 6624
Nature Heritage Fund:
Executive Officer
(04) 471 0726
The Tindall Foundation:
(09) 488 0170
WEL Energy Trust:
Executive Officer
(07) 838 0093
Pacific Development and Conservation Trust:
(04) 495 9387
Transpower Landcare Trust Grants Programme:
PO Box 16-269, Christchurch.
Phone freephone
(0508 526 322)
Phone (03) 349 2630
Fax (03) 349 2640
World Wide Fund for Nature:
(04) 499 2930
Robert C Bruce Trust:
(06) 358 4012
Trust Waikato:
Chief Executive
(07) 838 2660
Youth Service Corps:
Youth Corps Programmes
(04) 471 2158

Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust:
PO Box 445
Hamilton 3240
0800 BIODIV (0800 246 348)

This Trust assists organisations, agencies and individuals with projects which foster and enhance the sustainable management of ecological resources in the Lake Taupo and Waikato River catchments.

Native plant nurseries

Some nurseries will need prior notice (1-2 years for very large orders) to ensure the native plants you receive are collected from your local district for propagation. This is to make sure that you don't introduce varieties that are different from those that would naturally occur in your area. You can also do this by collecting your own seed locally. Note that you will need a permit to do this if you’re taking seed from a reserve.

Albany Nurseries
PO Box 35, Albany Village, Albany, Auckland
(09) 4159291

Annton Nursery Ltd
1896 Hamilton Road
Phone: 07 827 4144
Fax: 07 827 4784

Cambridge Nursery
193 Mangatautari Road
(07) 827 4105

Full Boom Flora Nurseries Ltd
524 Morrinsville Road
RD4, Newstead
PO Box 13010, Hamilton
Phone (07) 856 4515
Fax (07) 856 5177

Hauora Native Plant Nursery
163 Bulltown Road, Waihi
Phone 027 272 7158

Karioi Nursery
17 Calvert Road, Whale Bay
PO Box 26, Raglan
Phone (07) 825 8634

Mamaku Native Nursery
Dansey Road, Mamaku
Phone (07) 332 5728

Mandeville Gardens
16 Main Road
RD1 Tuakau (near Tuakau Bridge)
(09) 232 8433

Native Tree Company
SH 27, Hauraki Plains
Phone (07) 867 3250

Naturally Native New Zealand Plants
30 Gamman Mill Road
Phone 0800 33 44 56
Fax 0800 334 457

Oratia Native Plant Nursery
625 West Coast Road, Oratia, Auckland
Phone (09) 818 6467

Peter Morris Nursery
67D Fuchsia Lane
Matangi, RD4
Phone (07) 829 5763 (answerphone)
By appointment only

Taupo Native Plant Nursery
PO Box 437, Taupo
Phone (07) 378 5450
Fax (07) 378 6038

Wayne Bennett
63 Hakarimata Road
(07) 824 7167
By appointment only

If you are in the northern Waikato contact Ecosourced Waikato: a non-profit organisation supporting the use of ecosourced native plants for ecological restoration. Free advice on restoration planting projects, setting up and running community nurseries, seed and sometimes seedlings available - contact Wayne Bennett (details above).

Recommended reading1

Interested in… Try
Dams, ponds, wildlife needs, weed control or planting advice
  • Robert Buxton (1991) New Zealand’s wetlands: A management guide. Available from: Department of Conservation, Science Publications, P.O. Box 10-420, Wellington. $21.95 incl. postage.
Weed and pest control, plant propagation, planting advice
  • Tim Porteous (1993) Native forest restoration: A practical guide for landowners. Available from: QEII National Trust, P.O. Box 3341, Wellington, or Gerry Kessels, (07) 825 9025. $29.95 incl. postage.
Constructed pond design, planting advice
  • Chris Tanner and Vivian Kloosterman (1997) Guidelines for constructed wetland treatment of farm dairy wastewaters in New Zealand. Available from: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research P.O. Box 11115, Hamilton. $22.50 incl. postage.
Wetland plants and animals, management, creation, restoration
  • The Open Polytech of New Zealand (1994) New Zealand wetlands. Available from: The Open Polytech of New Zealand, Private Bag 31 914, Lower Hutt.
  • Paul Champion and Willy Shaw. (2000) Management practices for marginal zones of wetlands and lakes. NIWA Client Report for the Department of Conservation. Available from NIWA, Hamilton (07) 856 7026.
  • Davis, M. and Meurk, C. (2001) Protecting and restoring our natural heritage: A practical guide. Department of Conservation.
  • Waikato Botanical Society, 2002: Botany of the Waikato. Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Waikato, Hamilton.


  1. All these books can be viewed at the Waikato Regional Council Library, 401 Grey Street, Hamilton East.