Tena Koutou, Welcome

We are a community group that works with others along the length and breadth of the  Ōpāwaho Heathcote River catchment.

We see the Network as a connector. Our aim is to develop and strengthen relationships between communities (residential, business, educational, recreational and others), the awa and all the community groups who are working towards the goal of returning our awa to a healthier state.

The Network exists to help with community groups restoration projects, their long term goals, to support and advocate for them and the ecological health of the Ōpāwaho Heathcote awa and margins, and to provide regular and stable information to everyone. We hope that this will become a vibrant and inspiring vision for the future.

We work with local authorities such as Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury on river issues, and we also work alongside and for community groups, schools and others that work along the river. Currently the River Network consists of 13 different community groups working to improve the health of the river from its source to the estuary. 

We are also involved in catchment-wide river activities such as the annual Mother of all Clean-ups in May, World Rivers Day, Estuary Fest and other events.


We are always looking for people with a range of skills to continue the growth and development of the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River Network. Come along to one of our committee meetings, held every 4th Saturday of the month at the South Library Board Room at 9:30am or send us an email at opawahoheathcote@gmail.com


Catchment map (click to enlarge)