“Water” You Up To This EcoWest Festival?


Spend your day at one of our many water-themed events.  Whether it’s helping restore it, reduce your use of it, or just appreciating it, you will find great water events at this year’s EcoWest Festival.



1. Manutewhau Awa Clean Up

We are nothing without our beautiful environment.  Join us as we work to protect the natural resources of Massey by collecting the rubbish that pollutes our stream and walkways.  This is about more than collecting rubbish, it is about community pride and neighbors working together.  Help protect our stream to create a sustainable environment for generations to come.  Gloves/bags provided, sturdy footwear advised.  Free Event.

Saturday 24 March, 10am-12pm, Leataata Preschool, 91-91 Moire Road

2. WaterWise Workshop

High water bills?  Want to be a water-conscious kiwi? We’ll run through all areas of water saving for your home, including showing you how to fit your own water saving devices.  We will provide snacks and you’ll receive free water saving products to take away and install at home.  Free Event.  To book email [email protected].

Saturday 24 March, 2.30-3.30pm, EcoMatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn

3. VIP Kayak Day

This one-off paddle venture is to raise funds for Matuku Link, a conservation and education venture in the Bethells Valley.  Protection of wildlife, replanting the wetland forest and converting an old barn to a Wetland Education Centre are our aims.  The navigable part of Waitakere river is accessible only from private land and on this day only, access will be allowed.  Tickets are $60, all materials included.  To book email [email protected] or call 0212207136.  

Saturday 7 April, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, Mataku Link, 111 Bethells Road

4. Make Your Own Maienza

Maienza (Microorganism Active Impact ENZyme Action) is a natural probiotic solution which is used for growing strong and healthy plants, a budget-friendly chemical alternative for household cleaning, removes odors from drains and improves the quality of wastewater.  Cone and learn how to make your own Maienza, using ingredients easily available from the kitchen.  Tickets are $25.  To book go to www.ecowest.org.nz or call 826 0555.

Saturday 24 March, 10.30am-12.30pm, EcoMatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn

5. Wetland Care at Eric Armishaw Park

On the shoreline of the Waitemata Harbour, Eric Armishaw Park is home to many migratory shorebirds including little pied cormorant, white-faced heron, and bar-tailed godwit.  Volunteers have been clearing weeds and planting natives to provide an improved habitat, we’d love your help to continue this important work to bring back more birds to this area.  Free Event.  To book email [email protected] or call 0800 567686.

Saturday 7 April, 9am-1pm, Eric Armishaw Park, Point Chevalier

6. Love Your Stream Days

Help bring health back to our urban streams by joining Pam or Gabi on our Love Your Stream Days!  On Wednesdays and Fridays the Project Twin Streams Glen Eden Team and volunteers work along the Waikumete stream doing all sorts of activities such as planting natives, mulching, weeding, carrying out research and more!  As well as learning about stream restoration and monitoring, you will be sure to have a good time working with like-minded people to keep our streams beautiful.  Free Event.  To book email [email protected] or call 826 0554.

Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am-3pm, Glen Eden

7. Workshops Out West

Join us in the garden for a spot of lunchtime learning every Wednesday afternoon.  Week 1 features composting, week 2 shows you how to grow your own pantry plot, week 3 is about using recyclables in the garden and week 4 focuses on rain water harvesting.  You’ll find us at the bottom of the train station steps just beyond Esquires Coffee.  Free Event.  

Wednesdays, 12.30pm, The Garden, 2-4 Henderson Valley Road

8. Restore Rosebank

Find out about Rosebank’s fascinating history and enjoy fantastic views while helping to restore one of our special places.  During this practical session hosted by the Whau River Catchment Trust we will be protecting and caring for the native vegetation.  Gloves, tools, and refreshments provided.  Location changes weekly so please contact or check out the Facebook page.  Free Event.  To book email [email protected] or call 021 295 0302.

Wednesdays 10am-12pm, Rosebank Road, Avondale

9. Nor-Western Ride: Te Atatū to Waterview Reserve

Join Bike Te Atatū for a slow, family-friendly ride along Te Atatū and north-western cycleways to Waterview Reserve (including splash pad, skatepark, and playground), with a side trip to Waterview Coffee Project.  Free Event.

Saturday 14 April, 10am-12.30pm, Harbourview-Orangihina Reserve, Te Atatū Peninsula

10. Sunnyvale Backyard Stream Testing

Join us on a tour of backyard streams in Sunnyvale, which are currently being restored with help from the neighbours.  We will start at the Waari Stream and do a stream test to check the water quality.  We’ll then walk to the stream behind Sunnyvale Hall to do another test and compare the streams.  Free Event.  To book email [email protected].

Saturday 7 April, 1-3pm, The Grange Preschool, 48 Awaroa Road