Volcano to Sea Project.

The Auckland office is now closed. Auckland formed the base for delivery of the highly successful Volcano to Sea project. This three year catchment management project was funded by the Ministry for the Environment and delivered by NZ Landcare Trust and came to a conclusion in May 2015.

Further information about this work is available from


Latest: New Publication Shares Knowledge and Experience

Available now, the 'Community Urban Restoration and Education Guide', has been designed to share the knowledge and experience gained by NZ Landcare Trust while delivering the Volcano to Sea project. 

The book has been published in both printed and digital formats.For further details or to download a digital version of the book simply visit the dedicated webpage> 

If you would like to register for a printed copy email Melinda Dresser: 



Volcano To Sea Project due to Wrap-up in Style

NZ Landcare Trust's successful 'Volcano to Sea' project reaches a conclusion at the end of May 2015 and plans are in place to celebrate its many achievements through a community planting event and the release of an informative publication. This innovative urban community catchment management project has made huge strides over three years,  bringing a multi-cultural community together in an effort to support biodiversity restoration along the Pakuranga Stream and Whakaaranga Creek in the heart of Auckland's Howick ward. See the full news story here>

Details of the Community & Corporate Planting Day can be found on the calendar page>




Project overview

The aim of Volcano to Sea is to develop a new, innovative catchment scale initiative in Auckland which links communities, remnant natural features and the sea. Volcano to Sea will capture the imagination of schools and community members, harnessing their enthusiasm to make positive changes in their local environment.

The catchment is located in the culturally diverse Howick ward of Auckland City. Pigeon Mountain / O Huiarangi, a dormant volcano, lies at the head of the catchment. The Whakaaranga creek and Pakuranga stream are the main catchment waterways, both of which run into the Tamaki River. A Community Urban Restoration and Education Plan, developed by the project, will enable key learnings and processes to be applied to other urban catchments around New Zealand.

Key objectives of Volcano to Sea are:

  • Encourage stewardship of the environment by schools and the local community
  • Enhance local biodiversity, contribute towards improved water quality in the area and embrace iwi cultural values
  • Support and strengthen collaboration between schools, communities, project partners and iwi
  • Develop resources focussing on ecological restoration and catchment management
  • Enable schools and community members to collect scientific data and share their results with the wider community
  • Develop an educational programme to facilitate learning about the catchment and associated area ecology, socio-cultural values and restoration processes.

Nearly 20 Planting Events in June 2014!

The Trust's Volcano to Sea Project will be busier than ever in June, with nearly 20 community planting events scheduled to take place, including two high profile events.

Celebrate World Environment Day with a large riparian tree planting day on 5th of June.  This is the launch of Sustainable Coastlines’ nationwide 'Love Your Water' training tour. The event – situated at Whakaaranga Reserve in Half Moon Bay.

Matariki (Maori new year) on 28 June will provide the local community with yet another chance to roll up their sleeves for a large event. The plan is to plant 1500 native trees and shrubs followed by a community BBQ that will include fun activities for families and children.

Read full article >


Guide to Educational Resources

A number of excellent resources are available from a range of organisations, providing useful information that compliments the work carried out on the Volcano to Sea project. The Trust has pulled together a handy list identifying a key selection:

Volcano to Sea Educational Resources> (file size340KB)


Neutrogena Naturals, Beauty Editor Planting Day

It was a warm sunny morning at the Cascades Reserve in Auckland on Wednesday 18 September. Conditions were damp underfoot and rain was forecast ahead - perfect opportunity for a dynamic group of beauty editors and journalists to plant native trees!...  more ›



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Project Launch Celebration - 8 March 2013

The local community turned out in good numbers to support the launch of the Volcano to Sea project on Friday 8th March, with approximately 350 local people joining the celebrations at Pigeon Mt Ohuiarangi in Auckland. Food and entertainment played an important role helping ensure everyone had a great time. The excellent turn-out bodes well for the project, which has an emphasis on encouraging local people to get involved in the delivery of an environmental restoration project in the heart of Auckland... more>