Protecting Oratia’s Heritage


The Oratia Heritage Society was formed in February 2017 in response to Watercare’s proposal to move families from their homes in order to build a water treatment plant in Parker Road, Oratia.
We remain committed to honouring Oratia’s past and preserving and enhancing our heritage valley for future generations, so we’re currently reviewing our mission statement and our committee structure and considering projects for future focus.
Our initial thoughts are that we’d like to work alongside the Oratia Residents & Ratepayers Association to make Oratia an even better place to live. 
We’ve started gathering ideas for our next campaigns or projects and we’d like to hear yours too.
We are committed to continuing to keeping a watching brief on Watercare, in particular their plans for 130 Parker Road. 
Members have also started the Oratia Native Wildlife Project, which aims to tackle the valley’s pests and weeds, and expressed concerns about speeding on our narrow, winding roads, the lack of footpaths and the unsatisfactory recent road works outside the school on West Coast Road. We’ll be talking to the Oratia Residents & Ratepayers Association about ways we can work with them on those kinds of issues.
We are also working on documenting the social heritage of the valley through the Oratia Guardians photo series and oral histories.  
If you have any ideas for preserving Oratia’s natural or social heritage or making it a better place for future generations, please jot them down in the form on our Have Your Say page
For more information and to join our mailing list please email