Get involved

How you can help the river…

There are loads of things you can do to help make the Ōpāwaho-Heathcote River an ecologically healthy river that people take pride in, enjoy, and care for. We’ve compiled a list of things you can do to help below – click on the links for more information – or email us with another idea. It’s very likely that we can help you to make it happen!

Become a member of OHRN – it’s free!! – and receive our bi-annual Newsletter about the river.

Like the Opawaho Heathcote River Facebook page

Join one of the Network groups undertaking restoration and maintenance in reserves along the river

Assist with the annual Mother of All Clean Ups (usually the same weekend as Mother’s Day, which is usually the second Sunday in May)

Tell people that street gutters and drains are connected to Christchurch rivers, and is not treated by the local sewerage plant.

Look into installing a LittaTrap™ in your stormwater drain.

Take your friends for walks along the river, especially through reserves that are maintained by the river network groups

Pick up any litter you see. (It helps if you take a rubbish bag with you on your walks)

Wash your car on the grass so the water doesn’t flow onto the street and eventually into the river; and don’t use soap

If you have a dog, pick up its poo, especially on river banks and in parks.

Wash any DIY paint brushes in the laundry sink, or at a garden tap – avoid any water with paint in it flowing into storm water drains by tipping dirty water in an out of the way spot in the garden.

Ask your mechanic if they can supply copper-free brake pads for your car.

Get your sewer pipes checked for any cracks, and fix them

Watch the ducks instead of feeding them. Bread is not good for them and causes excessive poo

Don’t apply garden fertilisers, or sprays (especially moss killers) just before a heavy rain event – otherwise, the nutrients might run straight off the garden into stormwater

Minimise the hard surfaces on your property – use permeable pavers instead of asphalt for paths, create a garden, lawn –  and help to soak up rainwater or slow down runoff into stormwater drains. Rain barrels and tanks help too!

Make a donation towards the work of theŌpāwaho Heathcote River Network – see at right