Waikawa Catchment Group

The Waikawa Catchment covers an area with established natural biodiversity, defined by the Waikawa stream that flows into the estuary. It includes the Coast, Native Bush, Farmland and the Waikawa Estuary. 

Group Chair

Allan Marshall - Chair


Group Coordinator

Tessa Miller
021 400 431



Beyond Regulation - a whole of Mataura project

Waikawa River Restoration Plan Project

Number of members in the CG


Date the CG started


Types of people in the group

A wide network of community members working together. 

Current Projects

Waikawa Catchment Group involvement with the Waikawa Integrated Catchment Management Plan 

Environment Southland and the Ministry for the Environment have invested in the Waikawa catchment, to create a Waikawa Integrated Catchment Management Plan (ICMP).  

The ICMP is a non-statutory, engagement-led plan that will capture the community‚Äôs aspirations for the Waikawa catchment and will identify initiatives and activities to help achieve those aspirations. When complete, the ICMP will be a publicly available web-based ArcGIS StoryMap that will summarise and display information data, images and stories connected to locations. It will invite continual engagement and input by the wider community long after this project is complete to continue to inform future pieces of work. 

Help to create a plan for the future management of the Waikawa River. Add your thoughts through the Catchment Online Survey. Follow the link below to contribute. or  

email to 

This survey is open until the 19th of February 2024.  

Waikawa River restoration plan.

Previous events

Previous events include an Introduction to MCI, Stream Habitat Assessments, Pest control event and On Farm Management Discussion Groups. 

Future Plans

Future plans include surveying Pest control with their catchment members, establishing a base of existing traps, pest issues, people interest in helping with their own pest control and then hopefully growing this and recording success. 

The group has a desire to continue to learn about their catchment, what's happening in the water, bush and on farm, growing this knowledge base and continuing to learn. 


Vision: To have a catchment we are proud of, to have a river with the highest of water quality and a community which is committed to its environment.

Values: Long-term community commitment to care for our catchment. To maintain and enhance all the elements in our environment. To work together to lead by example.


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