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Castlepoint Ratepayers and Residents Assn and Te Hika a Pāpāuma

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Neville Zander
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(06) 377 0678
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Castlepoint Scenic Reserve
New Zealand

Manaakitia a Papatūānuku mai i a Rangiwhakaoma  [Castlepoint Scenic Reserve]- ko Wairarapa

Helping Mother Earth restore Castlepoint Scenic Reserve, Wairarapa

Te Hika a Pāpāuma  [Whakataki Marae] and Castlepoint Ratepayers and Residents Association is a community partnership assisted by the Department of Conservation and formed to help the Earth Mother restore the Ecology of Castlepoint Scenic Reserve.

We commissioned Wildlands Consultants in 2017 to prepare an Ecology Restoration Plan and the Mauri Protection Agency a Cultural Values Assessment for Rangiwhakaoma-Castlepoint Scenic Reserve. The Reserve comprises indigenous vegetation types that are relatively stable or improving with increasing indigenous species richness.  But there are the areas that are not progressing as quickly and where Papatūānuku (Mother Earth) could do with a helping hand.  The historic photos and earlier description of vegetation types illustrate which areas are on the way to restoring themselves, and which need more of a helping hand. 

Rangiwhakaoma-Castlepoint Scenic Reserve is the only known location for naturally occurring Castlepoint daisy and a bright orange day-flying moth.  The reserve also provides habitat for a range of other threatened and at risk plant, bird, lizard, invertebrate species.

Ten management units have been identified that include a range of vegetation and habitat types from dunes, vegetated and bare rock, to indigenous forest and scrub and pasture grassland.  The management units are: Matire Pa-Castle Point,    the Dunes,  Rangiwhakaoma-The Reef,    the Beach,   Taurepi-Deliverance Cove,   Matira boulderfields,   Matira-Castle Rock,   The Pines,   The Escarpment and Christmas Bay Escarpment.

In total 83.95 hectares of habitat and vegetation types have been mapped, but over one-third of this area (35.41 hectares) does not require vegetation restoration or significant management.  Priorities for restoration have been identified for each management unit, and also for the whole of Rangiwhakaoma-Castlepoint Scenic Reserve.  The management actions can be staged over time, and the location of the restoration projects refined by the community.  Highest priority restoration actions within the reserve are building on the previously successful dune restoration, and managing environmental weeds.

Community Planting Day

Our Community Planting day on 16 June was well supported with 70 volunteers taking part. We were supported by DoC staff Garry Foster and Jim Flack providing technical suppoert and sausage sizzel. It was a nice fine day and following Karakias and Health and safety briefing the 1000 spinifex and 500 pingao were planted by 1 pm .
The Girl Guides and parents provided 22 volunteers along with Te Hika a Papauma, Castlepoint Residents, Regional and District Council staff and the general public.

Girl Guide Planting Day

We planted 500 spinifex on the 26 August 2018 starting at 9:30 am and all finished by 11

Planting was at the Gap [600m South of Church to supplement the shortfall of plants

on the Community Panting Day and to fill bare spaces on the adjoining established dune. 

We had 10 Girl Guides and their parents and 15 Volunteers including a surfer and a family of 3 from Hastings.

Weather fine and no wind. A perfect Day.


Wilding Pine Removal
We plan to remove all the wilding pines from the fore dunes and back dune areas this year.

We are negotiating with the Leader of the land-based training programme at Ngā Kanohi Marae to remove the Wilding Pines.


DOC Community Conservation Fund