Two walkers crossing a stream in a forest
Anawhata, Waitakere Ranges

In the Auckland Region, native forest and wetlands once flanked sparkling streams.

Today, due to land clearance and urban development, only 19 per cent of our 10,000km long stream network passes through native forest.

Our unique native fish need healthy streams and clear passages between open seas and inland streams.

Protecting our waterways from development, enhancing existing areas of native streamside and wetland vegetation, and replanting what has been lost, will ensure our streams flow clear into the future.

For more information on streamside (riparian) planting, see our streamside planting guide (PDF 506KB).

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