An Advisory Group comprising local community and Council members, responsible for developing a recently gazetted 52 ha public recreational reserve with a comprehensive management plan focused on restoration and recreational amenities. Two restoration projects, comprising some 9,000 native plants, have been/are almost completed on riparian margins under willow canopy. High success rate, but ongoing weed maintenance and finding volunteers is a major problem.
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Rivers, streams and lakes
The objectives of TFWG are:
The provision of information that will contribute to the well being of the forest and environs.
The protection and enhancement of existing native vegetation remnants.
Working towards establishing appropriate linkages to Talbot Forest, to provide wildlife corridors.
Our mission is raising community awareness and mobilising community energy to improve the ecological health of the Whau River catchment.
Core WRCT activities include:
· On-going riparian restoration projects in public parks and reserves such as Kurt Brehmer Reserve, Sister Rene Shadbolt Park, Archibald Park, Wingate Reserve etc
The estuary consists an area of approximately 75 hectares – 65 ha on the south side of the Waikanae River which is managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and 10 ha on the northern side, managed by Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC). The group works very closely with DOC, KCDC, and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
We use the term ‘representative’ because there are limitations to full restoration, such as species that have since become extinct and exotic species that cannot be controlled or excluded. The context in which we are working has also irreversibly changed. What was once part of a vast unbroken ecosystem is now essentially a 225ha island surrounded by suburbs and scrubland.
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.
We have a working bee from 10.00-12.00 on the last Sunday of every month except December.
We usually meet at The Jetty which is 250m upstream from the park entrance at bottom of Brooklyn Road. Just come along - all very welcome.
The group was initially started to remove and control weeds in Central Park but has now evolved into a group of people interested in a range of activities: