Some of the Ahuriri Estuary Restoration Group at work
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Join a dedicated group of DOC volunteers to protect the wide range of habitats that support over 70 species of birds.

DOC volunteer group, the Ahuriri Estuary Restoration Working Group work to protect and improve the Ahuriri Estuary. The group focuses mainly on weed control and native planting each winter.

Occasionally the group travel to other reserves in Hawke’s Bay to give them a little love and attention.  We would love you to join us.


First Thursday of every month, 8:30 am to 12 pm (except January). 


The group aims to enhance Ahuriri Estuary by focusing on weed control. We mainly target sea lavender, ice plant and broom.

Volunteers usually work on the lower estuary, covering about 40 hectares and sometimes expanding further up.

Planting days are held each winter. The group plant 300 – 600 native species per year, including:

  • mānuka
  • kōwhai
  • tī kōuka/cabbage trees
  • harakeke/flax
  • taupata

At times, saltmarsh ribbonwood is also planted around the margins of the estuarine area.

What to expect

You’ll be using gardening tools and doing physical work. Volunteers need to have a reasonable level of fitness and be comfortable using gardening tools. No specific skills are required.

What to bring

  • Gardening gloves
  • Sturdy boots
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm clothing
  • Wet weather gear
  • Personal medication

Morning tea and gardening tools are provided. You are welcome to bring their own tools if you prefer. 

How to apply

Register your interest on our application form.


For further information about this volunteer activity contact:
Phone: +64 6 834 3111

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