The Pourewa valley is a hidden gem on our doorstep, lying just 6km from Auckland's CBD, and forming part of a greenbelt stretching from Orakei - Glen Innes. It is one of the last remaining areas of urban forest in Auckland. With the development of the Eastern Shared Path walkway/cycleway, this beautiful and ecologically significant area will soon be enjoyed by a far greater number of commuters and visitors.
The Pourewa Restoration Group are a small group of locals transforming an important area of bush in the heart of Auckland city.
We have a vision of the Pourewa valley being an oasis of native bush in the heart of an ever expanding Auckland City. A place where the community can walk through, be surrounded by native bush and feel a world away from the stresses of city living.
Please join us in the transformation and protection of an area that will be appreciated by generations to come. If you are interested in assisting us in controlling these weeds, planting native trees and encouraging birdlife back into this area we would be delighted to hear from you.
Any support and skills are welcome whether it is helping with weeding, planting and track laying or even assiting with applications and accounts or organisation of planting days.
We are there most Sunday mornings at 9:00 so look forward to seeing you there. Please contact us before you come to check that we will be there.
Many thanks to those that have provided support and funding!
Please see our Facebook page now for our latest updates and news on the restoration work in Selwyn Bush and Selwyn Park.
9 October 2021
Just a quick update. Restoration of Selwyn Bush is going very well. Much of the open canopy is reducing with plants growing very well this year. We are currently up to 10 volunteers which is a record for us.
Major progress in the Pourewa Valley with the construction of the shared path through the valley. This will be a huge asset for Auckland as well as tourist attraction. See here for updates.
Also significant progress in the aim of restoring the whole valley. Nga Kaitiaki Hapori o Pourewa (translated means The Community Guardians of Pourewa) is a community led working group that has been set up to work on an integrated plan for the Pourewa Valley to ensure the long term preservation of the flora and fauna as well as ensure easy access for the community. For more information see here.
22 October 2018
KNZB Pourewa Valley clean up
We are pleased to announce another Keep New Zealand Beautiful cleanup day on the 30th September at Selwyn Bush. Grab your gumboots and come along to help restore this unique and beautiful piece of urban forest in our neighbourhood. Afternoon tea provided! Meet up behind the Barfoot and Thompson Stadium at 1:00pm. Aim to finish around 3pm.
Thanks again to the Meadowbank and St Johns Residents Association for organising this event and the great support from the Orakei Local Board.
15 October 2018
Huge pest reduction happening in the lower valley at the moment with a estimated 600 rats and 40 possums killed in just a few months. Many thanks to John La Roche and his team for there great work in helping to significantly reduce pest numbers in the Pourewa Valley! :)
8th October 2017, Eastern Bays Songbirds Project
Very excited to see the start of a new community project to bring back birds into our community, The Eastern Bays Songbirds Project. As they say on their website -
'Our local reserves and the pest free islands of the Hauraki Gulf host growing populations of birds. The native birds from Motuihe, Motutapu and Rangitoto are already reintroducing themselves to areas of Auckland. By removing pests and providing the right food trees and habitat we can help nature regenerate and halt the decline of our taonga.
Through the efforts of locals, other areas of New Zealand have seen their existing bird population multiply many times. This is our dream for the Eastern Bays.'
It is a wonderful development for the area and particularly the Pourewa Valley which will benefit greatly from this project. This project is going to need a huge amount of community support so if you are in the Eastern Bays area please volunteer, there are many ways you can help out from agreeing to have a trap on your land to being a street coordinator. For more information see -
15th June 2017. The birds are back!
We have been trapping down in Selwyn Bush for over 4 years and we are starting to see the fruits/sounds of our labour. Below is a recording of the magnificent birdsong down in Selwyn Bush currently.
20th June 2016
Excited to announce that we are now officially an incorporated society. Special thanks to our president Carmel Claridge for her work to achieve this.
26th May 2016
An "at risk" Longfin eel identified in Pourewa Creek
Latest find by one of our volunteers, Shaun Lee, sightings and photos of a longfin eel in the Pourewa Creek. The longfin eel is ranked as ‘At Risk - Declining’ in the New Zealand Threat Classification System listings (2009). It is only found in New Zealand. Great to see that a creek in the heart of Auckland city can sustain an important marine species. See http://www.longfineel.co.nz/longfin-tuna/
1st January 2016
Kia ora tātou
Happy New year to you all!
This year is a critical year for the Pourewa Valley as we look to work with all parties involved in the preservation of the valley as well as the new access ways into it. The construction of the shared path is already underway in Glen Innes so it is important that we work with the council, local board and listen to the community to ensure the best outcome is achieved.
If you would like to assist please contact us now.
August 2015 Friends of Pourewa Valley
Major changes ahead! We are pleased to announce the first meeting to start the process of forming the Friends of Pourewa Valley group. It's main goal will be to protect and conserve the environment whilst working with the community to ensure all residents have a say in the access ways to the new Glenn Innes to Tamaki Drive walk/cycle way.
If you are keen to be involved please come to our meeting on the 30th August 2pm at the Meadowbank Community Center, click here for more info.
Another great CVNZ team visit last week, thanks Wendy and the crew for a great job!
December 2014: CVNZ team
Last visit by CVNZ this year, some great work carried out by the volunteers and led by Wendy. See photos here
August 2014: CVNZ team
The first CVNZ team in for the new season and they made wonderful progress in a very weedy area by the stream, see photos
July 2014: Operational update
Operational plan has been updated, see links below -
May 2014: New logo!!
We now have a wonderful logo for the Pourewa Restoration Group. Many thanks to Sean Lee for producing this for us.
Our new Selwyn Bush Ecological Plan is now completed and an operational plan based on the Ecological Plan is now in place for the next 4 months. These will allow us to prioritise work, utilise best practise techniques, and make best use of the resources available to us. It will also allow our volunteers, funders and other supporters to see what restoration work is happening and when.
To view the new plans click below - note the Ecological Plan is 40 pages long so may take a couple of minutes to download.
For more information on Selwyn Bush click here -
Pourewa Restoration Group has been awarded $6,000 in funding from the Auckland City Council Environment Initiative Fund! Many thanks to Auckland Council for their continued support of funding, expertise and materials.
Previous news items
17/12/12 Work has just been completed on clearing through a joining track to allow easy access for volunteers between the top and bottom of the selwyn bush valley. Many thanks to the Auckland City Council EIF fund for funding contractors to work on this. This new track will assist us greatly in projects ahead.
19/5/2012 The first Forest & Bird planting day and 800 plants planted by 18 volunteers on a fine Sunday morning. A very many thanks to all those that helped out and once again many thanks to Jane for the organising and running of the day and the tasty sausage sizzle at the end!
12/5/2012: The 2nd major planting day for this year with another 350 plants planted in Selwyn Park, many thanks to Diana and her team from Conservation Volunteers and the city council for providing the plants.
17/4/2012: The first planting day for the year thanks to Conservation Volunteers who planted close to 200 plants today in the Selwyn Park area. Many more planting days to follow -see Calendar
26/2/2012 : Another important day for us in our aim to encourage native birds back into the valley, a training day for the first animal pest control lines running through Selwyn Bush. Expertise, traps and materials were kindly provided by David Bowden from Auckland City Council and the event was well organised as usual by CVNZ.
8/2/2012: A very big welcome to the folk from Forest & Bird, the latest group to support the restoration of the Purewa Valley. A big thank you to Jane Ferguson who will be coordinating the volunteers from F&B every wednesday morning and on some Sundays - see our Calendar for more info
16/10/2011: Many thanks to over 20 volunteers who helped out in our latest volunteer day today. For further details please see our Diary
1/10/2011: Many thanks to Clair Hobi and volunteers from Conservation Volunteers New Zealand for their hard work and support in the last few months.
13/4/2011: Just arrived,a very helpful donation of herbicides from the Biosecurity Community Officer at Auckland Council, Malcolm Harrison. Many thanks for all of your advice and support.
12/2/2011: The Purewa Restoration group has just been awarded a second Weedbusters award.