To restore Mahoe Reserve to a healthy indigenous ecosystem, highly valued by the community.

About Mahoe Reserve


The project started in 2002 by year 9 students at Lincoln High School who name the reserve after a small tree that would have grown under the larger canopy of trees of the lowland forest.  Since then community members, including schools, kindergartens and other local groups have planted thousands of native trees, shrubs and grasses.  The Mahoe Reserve provides educational opportunities for the local and wider community.  The reserve has been developed as a living classroom where the community have the opportunity to participate in a regeneration project.

The Mahoe Reserve is a model restoration site for the community, providing inspiration to achieve a wider aim – to link regenerating native areas and corridors together to improve suitable habitat and increase biodiversity.

The Mahoe Reserve is a public reserve, you can get involved by attending working bees held on the first Sunday of every month or by joining the Mahoe Reserve Committee.




  • To provide young people an outdoor classroom with an opportunity to participate in a community project that develops attitudes and values towards conservation of the natural environment.
  • To encourage local schools to undertake various ecological and environmental projects as part of their school curriculum.
  • To provide an opportunity for everyone to learn about and enjoy the original natural environment of Lincoln.
  • To improve biodiversity by planting appropriate native plants that provide a food source, shelter and encourage native species to use Mahoe Reserve.
  • To restore plants that are locally sourced so that they are genetically as close as possible to the original plants found in this area, so that a small area of the original forest can be recreated.
  • To use simulated habitat refuges to support species establishment.
  • To provide a link between other fragments to create wildlife corridors that will in the long term, assist the preservation of vulnerable species.

To monitor the presence of mammalian predators such as rodents, mustelids (stoats, weasels and ferrets), hedgehogs, and possums using techniques such as tracking tunnels and wax tags.



Lincoln Township and the Selwyn District were once covered in native scrub, wetlands and forest vegetation.  The shingle at Mahoe Reserve dates back a thousand years when the Waimakariri River flowed through Lincoln.  All changed around 700 years ago as fires destroyed the vegetation, followed by agricultural practices and permanent settlements 150 years ago.  This brought felling of native trees and the drainage of natural wetlands.

In more recent times the pit was formed from the extraction of shingle used for roads and railway projects and then used as an illegal refuse site.


Location of Mahoe Reserve, Lincoln



There are regular working bee’s at the Mahoe Reserve on the first Sunday of every month starting at 2pm.

Images of Mahoe Reserve

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