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Whangawehi Catchment Management Group

The Whangawehi Community (represented by Tangata Whenua, landowners, District and Regional Council) share a desire to maintain or improve the different cultural, ecological, recreational & economical values of the Whangawehi Catchment. Central to this aim is the need to address water quality issues & the loss of habitat for important freshwater & estuarine species.

Takatu Landcare Group

We are landowners or residents on the Takatu Peninsula. 

The Group's purpose is to preserve and conserve the natural environment in this region. In particular to support and extend the work achieved at the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary. There are several community groups operating under the umbrella Group, including at Baddleys/ Campells Bays, Christian/Waikauri Bays and Buckletons Bay. Our current priorities are stoat and weed control, and restoration of a significant wetland area.

Lake Runanga Restoration

We are restoring Lake Runanga back to its former health and fostering the return of locally extinct species back into the wetland and adjoining re-established bush. The overall lake level (350 ha.) has been restored to historic levels and now we are focusing our efforts on fencing off the lake from adjoining farmland, controlling willows within the wetland and re-establishing native forest around the lake as well as implementing long term predator control. 2.2km of fencing has already been done and 3000 plants planted. This winter will see a further 20,000 native plants planted.

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. 


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