Matua Estuary Care Group

Matua Estuary Care Group  MECG

Next Working Bee      TBA           

 Elmes Reserve Jetty

Bring along good footwear, a hoe, hat, sunblock, drink bottle and a sunny disposition.

Tauranga Estuary Care map

Matua is indeed fortunate to have an attractive estuary environment but in order to enhance and maintain it proactive care is required. Passionate local residents established the Matua Estuary Care Group in July 2006. Our goal is quite simple: working in partnership with Environment BOP to control the spread of mangroves and remove rubbish, which will enable the Matua estuary to again become more enjoyable and readily accessible to the wider community.

The Care group operates under resource consent #65219 which allows it to remove mature and juvenile mangroves within approved areas located around the estuary. Adult mangrove removal can only be undertaken during the months of January through until the end of August whereas juvenile mangroves may be removed all year round. In addition to removal the adult mangroves are stacked and eventually burned on the estuary.


An active committee organises working bees, which generally take place in the weekends and while hard work are very enjoyable. Regardless of age or fitness a job can always be found for the willing volunteer. We have an active workforce database operating and we welcome all local residents to register so that we will continue to improve our estuary environment.Working bees can be fun with the care group enjoying regular social activities. The care group also hosts other community and educational groups on to the estuary to participate in estuary management working bees.

The second of the estuary  bird counts was held with no birds seen amongst the mangrove but a range of birds on the mudflats including blue heron, kingfisher, Tui, Godwit, stilt and oystercatchers.

The Conservation Minister has given his approval for mechanical removal of mangroves in the Tauranga Harbour. This will save Care groups having to do the hard back breaking work on the mature mangroves. The machinery now being trialled.


To learn more about our care group email your contact details to chairman Jerry Cowper,  or contact Environment BOP on 0800 env bop (368267).

For more information on the mangrove removement program please click on the following link: