The Hoteo Project

The Hōteo River has long suffered from extreme bank erosion.  Communities are choosing structured engineering systems to strengthen our streambanks and save the whenua.  The Hōteo Project is a five-year project to research which mitigating systems work best in this unique environment.

IKHMG is one of seven partners involved in the Hōteo Project including Million MetresAuckland Council, Te Uri O Hau, Beef + Lamb, Ngati Manuhiri, Ngā Maunga Whakahii and the Sustainable Business Network (SBN).


Although we had to pause any spend in the project since the beginning of the first lockdown, we were able to scramble to get a number of fencing and planting projects across the line. So far through the project we have fenced off nearly 2km of waterways and planted over 25,000 plants, protecting 6.4 ha (64,609 square metres) of riparian corridors

and wetlands. Community planting days were held (during level 1) and the local Kaipara Flats

fencer has been very busy – let’s hope for much more of the same as we go forward!



Assistance with planting and fencing is available - if you live along the 12km stretch of the Project reach (from the confluence of the Hōteo River – 12km upstream), or are on the main tributaries, you may be eligible to get assistance with fencing and planting of your waterway. The project is offering to pay 75% of your projects costs (including any alternative water supply you may require from fencing off the stream), and your 25% contribution can be the labour (planting bee anyone?) or simply 25% of the cost. This is a great opportunity to get those projects done that you have wanted to do for years!


If this is something you are interested in or would like to check if you qualify for the funding please email the Hōteo Project Programme Managers Laurene at or Sarah Nolan at

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Kaipara Flats School were involved in a school planting day where over 1250 plants were planted. The kids also received a Tikouka or cabbage tree to take home, plant and nurture.

Hoteo river