Tributaries of the Otukaikino River provide potential valuable trout spawning reaches. These areas are being enhanced and protected.

Volunteer at Styx River

What to expect

Join Council rangers in some of our stunning regional parks across the city for community planting days to help with park maintenance.

The Styx Living Laboratory Trust(external link) runs regular working bees focusing on biodiversity monitoring. The Trust was set up in 2002 to develop Styx Mill into a living laboratory focused on learning and research in the Styx River catchment.

What to bring

  • Weather appropriate clothing – layers, rain jacket, hat
  • Sturdy boots or gumboots
  • Gardening gloves
  • Water bottle and snack

Regular working bees

Bird monitoring programme(external link)

  • First Saturday of every month, 9am

Meet in the Styx Mill Conservation Reserve car park, off Styx Mill Road.

Bring sturdy outdoor clothing and footwear in case conditions are wet and muddy. If you can, bring a pen and paper, binoculars and a camera/phone.

For more information contact

  Water quality monitoring programme(external link)

  • Third Saturday of every month, 10am

Meet at the Styx Trust laboratory, located inside the Ranger Base at 130 Hussey Road, Harewood.(external link)

Bring sturdy outdoor clothing and footwear in case conditions are wet and muddy. You will be given instructions on how to take water samples, measurements and observations, and be paired with another volunteer.

Register your attendance by emailing

Freshwater invertebrate monitoring programme(external link)

Monitoring freshwater invertebrate is important in determining changes in habitat, aquatic plants and invertebrate over time.

This programme was active up until the earthquakes and is currently looking for enthusiastic assistance to get restarted. If you can help, contact the Trust(external link).

Community volunteer days

Release and Shine Day at the Rongoā Garden

Sunday 17 November, 10am to 2pm

A very special event where we invite you to strengthen your wairua - mind body and soul - through putting energy into the whenua - land - and yourselves.

‘Releasing’ in restoration terms means to clear the weeds and long grasses away from plants to help them grow strong, and give them more light, moisture and room to grow.

The event will start with a talking circle to help people release themselves, to slow down and take notice of how being in nature refreshes and energises you. We will spend some time together weeding or releasing the plants within the rongoā garden. 

Rongoā practitioner, Aperahama Kipa will lead a guided walk to share the knowledge of the plants and their healing properties and weavers will be giving demonstrations of their craft.

Finish with a shared kai and sing-along – bring your voice, your guitar or your enthusiasm, and a contribution to the BBQ.

  • 565R Marshland Road, Ōuruhia

For more information, contact