Biodiversity Cluster


Manawatū River Catchment initiatives

Within the Manawatū River Catchment numerous community initiatives are underway to enhance watersheds, improve water quality, protect our local native flora and fauna, and conserve and extend habitat, collectively enhancing our terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. These initiatives include:

  • Seed collecting and native plant growing;
  • Bush restoration;
  • Wetlands development and restoration;
  • Riparian planting;
  • Urban biodiversity planting;
  • Pest control (weeds and animals);
  • Advising farmers;
  • Citizen science;
  • Advocacy on environmental regulation and policy;
  • Wildlife rehabilitation;
  • Education and awareness-raising;
  • Raising funds to support collaborative initiatives;

A number of groups involved in also have representatives participating in the large scale initiatives of the Manawatū River Leaders' Forum and Te Apiti (Manawatū Gorge) Biodiversity Project.

The Manawatu River Source to Sea project

Since 2014/15 many of the groups involved in these initiatives, representatives of local government and DoC, farmers and members of the public have been coming together regularly as the Biodiversity Cluster, to network and share ideas, skills and resources, and to provide joint feedback to local and regional councils.

From these meetings a new and exciting community-led and catchment-wide initiative known as “Manawatū River Source to Sea” is developing.

This proposal for a “Source-to-Sea” programme intends to bring together the many projects throughout the catchment which are working towards enhancing biodiversity, the health of rivers and the wellbeing of communities.

A vision, mission and objectives have been developed and a written action plan document has been drafted to enable the plan to be presented to key stakeholders for their feedback. Work towards the development of a GIS map to visually link important biodiversity sites and projects is also well underway.

Our vision:

What Manawatū River Source to Sea will look like in 2040

“Manawatū River Source to Sea” is an integrated network of biodiversity-focused initiatives, including sustainable business activities and other nature-related activities that collectively contribute to the enhancement of biodiversity and provide benefits to the Manawatū River Catchment community.

Our mission:

Our overall approach to reach our objectives

To collaborate and connect with the Manawatū River Catchment community in a manner that drives the enhancement of biodiversity and the parallel development of a sustainable extended nature- based experience from source to sea.

To find out more:

To find out more about the project email

How might you get involved?

Biodiversity Cluster members would be happy to have more volunteers! If you'd like help finding a group or project that is a good match for your skills, interests, and availability, contact Sally (

You can also learn more about many participating organisations by browsing ENM's member group directory. You can "Filter by organisation type" by selecting "Biodiversity and conservation projects" and also "Freshwater quality".

Advice and other support is also available to groups in the Manawatū River catchment area who wish to get involved in biodiversity action. The Biodiversity Cluster welcomes new members.

Check out the links below for documents summarizing the Manawatu River Source to Sea project

Source to Sea 4-page Brochure

Source to Sea 12-page Summary

Source to Sea 12-page Summary