Cain and Jane at Lower Waituna Creek

Lower Waituna Creek Transformation Project

Waterways – With Descriptor

About the project

The Lower Waituna Creek transformation project is a multi-phase ecological restoration, wetland reconnection and water management project. It is being undertaken in partnership with the Department of Conservation’s Arawai-Kakariki programme and the Whakamana Te Waituna project.

Mostly being carried out on public land, this ‘proof of concept’ project includes completing hydraulic assessments, and designing and implementing riparian in-stream habitat improvement, and nutrient and sediment management interventions e.g. sediment traps, two-stage channels, nutrient filters.


This project will demonstrate the use of different restoration and water management concepts that could potentially be scaled up and implemented throughout the catchment.


  • Concept planning completed in 2016
  • Hydraulic assessments and detailed planning and design for Phase 1 completed end of 2017
  • Phase 1 construction, including installing instream habitat structures, bank re-profiling, and plantings completed March 2018
  • Fish and habitat monitoring completed March 2018
  • Phase 2 concept planning underway as part of Whakamana te Waituna through 2018

News updates

  • Kokopu moved downstream in Feb 2018 due to extreme drought - vlog here
  • Part of the creek has been restored, read more here
Jane Bowen

Jane Bowen

DOC Site Lead, Waituna
Cain and Jane with Reza and Silvia

Phase 1 Installation

Completed March 2018

Progress: 100%

Phase 2 Design and Installation

Due to be completed by the end of 2019

Progress: 20%

White heron


  • Phase 2 planning and design in 2018

Waituna Creek Transformation Timelapse