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Cobden Aromahana Ecological Restoration Group

Improve inanga spawning and a wetland ecosystem on Cobden Island by re-instatement of former water channels using a hydaulic excavator, followed by riparian plantings, as well as weed and predator control. Also, a total of 56 bird species have been recorded of which 18 are threatened. A bird hide is under construction, and there are proposals to build interpretation panels and develop the area's recreational potential. The Group is a partnership between local volunteers, the Grey District Council, the West Coast Whitebaiters Association and the Department of Conservation.

Marunui Conservation

Marunui Conservation manages a 423ha property on the southern slopes of the Brynderwyn Hills near Mangawhai. The company was founded for conservation purposes and seeks to protect, enhance and celebrate the natural, historical, visual and recreational values of the land. The entire area is covered by a QE II National Trust open space covenant which includes the requirement to protect the indigenous flora and fauna in perpetuity.

Wakatipu Reforestation Trust

The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust was established in 2013 to grow and plant native species in the Wakatipu basin.  By 2014 the Trust had set up its nursery in Jardine Park, Kelvin Heights, Queenstown.  The Trust works with DOC, the Council, schools, business and other community groups to identify, plant and maintain areas of native plants.  

The Vision:  Protect and restore the native biodiversity of the Wakatipu Basin through revegetation projects, collaboration, education and advocacy. 

Tukurua Blueberries Bush

Small scale (c 0.5 ha) restoration of lowland and lowland wetland flora on pakihi. Planting from scratch with natives of local provenance wherever possible. The aim is to recreate what was here before land clearance with the whole suite of natives. The "group" is comprised of... the landowner. Sourcing local plants and ensuring the trees planted cover as much of the original flora as possible are the only real problems I face. I am building on the previous owners plantings which began c.2008.


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