From the Deck

Newmarket stream restoration project

Our goal is to unite our community in working to clean our stream and ultimately our harbour, combat pest plants and pest animals,  plant many trees,  and create an oasis of bird and plant life in the city.

Community working together since 2018

What We Do

Pest control

We conduct pest control in the restoration area using Good Nature traps, as well as traditional traps and bait stations maintained by Te Ngahere.


We publish newsletters twice/year and communicate with landowners, Te Ngahere, Council, Orakei and Waitemata local boards, Watercare, Conservation Volunteers and other groups to coodinate the project.

Weed control and trash removal

Te Ngahere leads our weed control work according to a 5-year plan to restore the environment. Subtantial amount of deweeding has been done to make room for natives.

We’ve removed a lot of large and small household trash from the site. Rubbish is also removed by volunteers during planting events.


We have organised 4 planting events so far, in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 and planted 4350 trees in the valley. Of late, Te Ngahere has been deweeding, cutting privets and planting native in difficult to access areas of the valley.

We organise social gatherings around our planting events, as well as educational events for the community.

Our Project in Numbers


rat pulses every year


planting events


trees planted

Restoration Plan

Te Ngahere is working in the restoration area in 5 management units. Here is a map that shows where the units are located and what invasive species are dominant in those.

Read about our project on the Te Ngahere website

Newsletters and latest updates

Winter 2022 newsletter

Dear All,  Herewith our update for the winter 2022.   As you will see our planting this year will be undertaken by the professionals due to the risky terrain being planted. However, we will still get together – please come to 9a Swinton Close on Sunday, June 19th, 3.30 – 5.30pm to ask your questions of our experts. And enjoy our snacks,…

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Our Team

If you’d like to know more about From the Deck or the Newmarket stream restoration project,  please contact any of us.

Penny Hansen, 021 585 078.

Carole Davies, 021 848 165

Tushar Sharma

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