Community groups

Southland Ecological Restoration Network

Southland Ecological Restoration Network (SERN) is a network of Southland people “bringing back the natives”. Their aim is to promote the restoration of native ecological sites in Southland.

The SERN website features a number of local restoration projects, with contact information and photos for each project. There is also at least one field day a year to bring people involved in restoration together, to encourage and share knowledge and also celebrate all the good work going on around Southland.

SERN openly invites volunteers to approach restoration project contacts if they wish to lend a hand.

River Liaison Committees

Environment Southland has established seven River Liaison Committees comprised of representatives evenly spread throughout each river catchment and elected annually by their communities.

Their role is to advise and assist Council in the development of annual maintenance works programmes and budgets, and provide an important local contact for each river community regarding special river and land drainage management issues.

For River Liaison Committee assistance on river or land drainage issues, contact the committee chairman for your catchment.

​Mataura River Liaison CommitteeBevan Watt03 208 1992
021 900 476
Oreti River Liaison CommitteeHamish English027 488 0604
Aparima River Liaison CommitteeGrant McGregor027 436 0384
Te Anau Rivers Liaison CommitteeBarry Taylor03 249 7053
Makarewa River Liaison CommitteeWarren MacPherson03 236 4077
​Waituna Liaison Committee
​Ewen Pirie
​03 239 5859
Waiau River Liaison CommitteePeter Horrell03 226 6728
Waimatuku Stream Liaison CommitteeTony Strang03 224 6213


We offer assistance to groups or individuals wanting to start up their own environmental care group. For advice or funding requests, contact Shaun Cunningham on 0800 76 88 45.

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