The plants, as far as we know, are native to this area. There are over 7,000 plants made of from about 100 species.
As the plants are becoming established bird numbers are increasing and we are encouraging other wild life.
The 6.8 ha Kaitawa Reserve is situated in the valley of the Wharemauku Stream, east of SH1, at Paraparaumu. Riwai Street divides the scenic/ recreation reserve into two parts, with a mix of open space, forest remnants, and areas of re-vegetation dissected by meandering streams.
Wellington Botanical Society have described it in this way:
“It is a significant remnant coastal wetland ecosystem, representative of the many which have been destroyed throughout the region in modern times. We were very impressed with the range of species hanging on in there …..” More
Friends of A’Deane’s Bush want to see this area as a wildlife sanctuary where plants and animals flourish, and locals and visitors are encouraged to learn about and engage in ecological restoration.
This 40 ha lowland forest features rimu, matai, kahikatea and totara – and exhibits great diversity of native plants and animals. The 1km track passes one of NZ’s largest standing totara.
Waimeha Lagoon Restoration
Started in 1999 the group's aim is the restoration of the lagoon and dune areas to the original flora. Waimeha Lagoon is a highly valued wetland reserve featuring birdlife and rare flora. The Group is eradicating invasive weeds growing throughout the Lagoon and dunes and reestablishing the original flora. Through the efforts of the group parts of the reserve now feature rare and threatened lowland forest and wetland species.
Mainland Island Restoration Operation (MIRO) is a group of volunteers who work in partnership with Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) to restore the forest and lakes ecosystem of the East Harbour Regional Park (EHRP). Central to this is the elimination of animal pests - possums, rats and stoats – within a Mainland Island of 300 hectare within the Northern Forest.
An artificial Lake and Wetlands project on the North Eastern outskirts of Masterton.
Wildlife habitat with easy access and well formed tracks for walkers and cyclists.
Wharemauku Stream rises in hills inland from Paraparaumu. The main stream flows through Paraparaumu Town Centre, then winds its way through Raumati to exit near the Raumati Beach shops. The aim of FOWS is to foster improved water quality and stream environment, in a stream which is a significant feature of an urban environment. A special feature of the stream is the role it plays in flood control and dispersal.
Queen Elizabeth Park (638ha) is a public regional park for which the Friends of QEP have a very clear vision: "Our vision is Queen Elizabeth Park as a sand country landscape with natural, historic and cultural features that all can enjoy". We mean to achieve this vision by recognising the park as irreplaceable public land and honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi together with links to those with mana whenua and kaitiakitanga.