Village Green Resoration Project

Improving Muriwai's Natural Environment

The reserve area in Muriwai encompassing the playing field, tennis courts and a pond is locally known as the ‘Village Green’.

In addition to some significant recreational facilities and the Community Centre and Surf Club there is also a wetland, pond and large areas of weeds that are currently not enjoyed by residents because they are inaccessible.

It has previously been used as a dumping ground for rubbish and weeds infest most of the green areas, the wetlands have been degraded by invasive plant species and in its current neglected form it is under-utilized by the community.

Some years ago local resident Julie Boys created a plan to enhance the Village Green, improving access for users and linking re-vegetated enclaves and recreational areas with paths, this plan was never fully implemented.

In 2012 after many months of working with residents, the community, Surf Club and Auckland Council, MeACT produced the first detailed long term restoration plan for the 'green' areas of the Muriwai Village Green. This is a long term plan with the work of dedicated locals will see this neglected area transformed.

When completed a series of attractive native plantings will complement the recreational areas and these will be linked by formed walking paths and boardwalks.Local landscape architect Dewlyn Shepherd assisted with developing the plan and the project is being managed by local horticultural practitioner Erin Griffin.Stage one with weed clearing commenced in 2012 and the first replanting started in Autumn 2013.

On completion it is envisaged that this project would create an attractive and valued community asset for generations to come.

To get involved with this exciting project please contact

Erin Griffin on 411 7287 or

A full detailed plan of the Muriwai Village Green Restoration project can be downloaded here.


A weed infested wasteland.


Hard Mahi - a huge community effort.


Boardwalks, natives and wetlands.