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Supporting waterways restoration with Conservation Volunteers

2 February 2024

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) that aligns with our commitment to protect the health of our water. We are delighted to sponsor Conservation Volunteers, who deliver environmental restoration projects across the motu with a focus on waterways protection, habitat and biodiversity restoration.

Water. It’s such an everyday thing. But that’s what makes it so important. Every day, every living thing needs it. Protecting and caring for the health of our water so that every community has access to safe water for life – we believe that’s worth striving for, and our support of Conservation Volunteers will help grow initiatives to foster community engagement in environmental conservation, empowering people in our communities to become kaitiaki (guardians).

At the heart of our collaboration is a shared passion for preserving and safeguarding our waterways. Conservation Volunteers share our dedication to sustainability, and together, we’ll make a positive impact on the health of our waterways’ ecosystems for the Papakura Stream Restoration Project and Otākaro Avon River Corridor projects, amongst others.

“Our partnership with Conservation Volunteers NZ represents our commitment to social engagement and the protection and restoration of waterways as a taonga across Aotearoa. Supporting CVNZ initiatives is a further commitment from Citycare Water to deliver safe water for life”, says Tim Gibson, CEO of Citycare Water.

We’re excited about the positive changes we can bring about by supporting and working hand in hand with an organisation that shares Citycare Water’s values and is committed to making a real difference.

Together, we’re not just preserving waterways; we’re building a legacy of social and environmental responsibility for generations to come.


About Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ)

CVNZ empowers the people of Aotearoa to become kaitiaki (guardians) for nature in their communities. A not-for-profit registered charitable trust with the kaupapa of delivering both social and environmental outcomes, CVNZ has offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Punakāiki and engages with thousands of volunteers per year. Their restoration projects across NZ include many large-scale projects focused on waterways protection, habitat and biodiversity restoration, and pest plant and animal control.

Since 2006, CVNZ staff and volunteers have made a huge impact on conservation. They have managed more than 13,100 community events where they have planted more than 1.86 million native plants, removed 1,183 hectares of invasive weeds, collected 120,000kg of litter, as well as extensive predator control, seed collection, propagation, fencing and track and trail maintenance.

CVNZ believe that connecting people to nature can make a huge impact on their interactions with our natural environment and the wellbeing of our communities. That’s why, alongside their community engagement, they run pathways to employment programmes in partnership with the Ministry for Social Development. These projects work with beneficiaries from Work and Income and employ them for 12 weeks of training in conservation. To date, approximately 700 participants have gone through the programme.

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