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Friends of the Otaki River Inc.
Otaki River Corridor Restoration Programme
River Estuary Restoration Programme
River Walkway Development
Te Horo School Plant Propagation Programme
The organisation was formed primarily as a local group to be the community liason in association with Wellington Regional Council in formalising and implementing a Floodplain Protection Plan for the Otaki River. The constitution of the group allows for an executive committee of 18 being made up of appointed members from various interested groups, local authorities.
iwi and elected personnel. There is a current total membership at present of approximately 230 Since the inauguration of the group and the settling in of the Floodplain Programme, there has been a change of emphasis and now restoration and planting occupy the greater portion of the Friends involvement.
There has been a plant nursery established and each year some 5000 - 6000 now more than 30,000 plants
native plants are propagated and planted by the Friends and local community.
Part of the restoration area is located at the river estuary, some 25ha. A preliminary three year restoration programme in association with DOC was concluded in June 2011. This is a huge area in an extremely harsh environment. Results of plantings were moderate with a high proportion of plants lost through the climatic conditions along with some vandalism.
Progress of the species plant will be monitored.