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Wellington Restoration Day Blog #1 Haere mai ki te Kāpiti – Welcome to Restoration Day on the Kāpiti Coast

Blog by Department of Conservation

Looking over the crest of Pukerua Bay hill, you know where you are.

Kāpiti Island’s distinctive silhouette welcomes every northbound traveler. Rising above a sparkling, or surly, Te Rau-o-te-rangi channel, Kāpiti frames the view as it has the history and ecology of the coastal district to which it gives its name, and of which it has become a resonant symbol.

Sweeping coastal dune systems, drained wetland plains and two major river estuaries connect the land and sea environments of Kāpiti. The Waikanae river flows from the forested Tararua Ranges, through a nationally significant estuary and out to a thriving marine reserve surrounding the island sanctuary.

In return, birdlife recovering in predator-free peace and quiet, flows back.

Coastal environments define Kāpiti and surround the Wellington region. Their rich variety is matched by a diversity of threats and restoration challenges.

This year Restoration Day on the Kāpiti Coast will focus on ‘Caring for our Coasts’ to meet those challenges. From creating sun-baked lizard habitat, to defending against coastal erosion, to refilling the kete with kai moana – restoration groups will tell their stories and share their wisdom.

People are critically present in this landscape; they have shaped its past and will shape its future. We live with, and sustain ourselves from, the sea and the land. In return we need to protect, enhance and rebuild degraded coastal environments.

We look forward to celebrating the incredible work of all the region’s restoration groups at this year’s Restoration Day at El Rancho, Waikanae Beach, Kāpiti Coast.

Find more information about Wellington Restoration Day and how to register on the Wellington Restoration Day 2019 webpage.