Waimatuku Catchment Group Catchment Group

Catchment Community Group

Catchment area

Regions: Southland

Waimatuku Catchment Group is apart of the larger Aparima catchment group - ACE (Aparima Community Environment).


The Waimatuku Catchment is home to a peatland of regional significance, Bayswater Bog. It is one of the largest remains of native vegetation on the Southland Plains and is thought to be around 20,000 years old. Bayswater Bog provides a habitat for unique New Zealand species, including carnivorous sundews, swamp sun orchids and a population of native skinks.
Further down the catchment, the Waimatuku Stream feeds into the Waimatuku Estuary which is a shallow tidal mouth estuary – a popular fishing spot.
The catchment is long and narrow in shape with predominately sheep, beef and dairy farming on flat and artificially drained land.

Catchment Group Goals
- Increase community involvement in the water quality discussion
- Learn more about local biodiversity
- Explore new technologies to improve the environmental performance of our farms
- Build relationships with other Catchment Groups

For more information, or to join the catchment group, contact our Catchment Coordinator, Rachael Halder 021 566 229 or rachael@thrivingsouthland.co.nz

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