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Friends of Onoke Spit

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Denise & Dougal Mackenzie
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New Zealand

Onoke Spit lies at the foot of Lake Onoke where the Ruamahanga river enters the ocean at the head of Palliser Bay. It is the southernmost part of Wairarapa Moana.

Friends of Onoke Spit have 3 aims:


  1. Preserve the existing flora (such as sand tussock, sand daphne, raoulia, pingao) and fauna (such as Caspian terns, black fronted terns, banded dotterils, katipo spider and spotted skink)  already on Onoke Spit by controlling plant (such as  gorse, marram grass, horned poppy, lupin, senecio, harestail) and animal pests (such as mustelids, rats, feral cats and hedgehogs).


  1. Restore the rare vegetation areas by gradually replacing large weed infested areas with new native planting which will provide suitable habitat for birds and reptiles.


  1. Promote and educate both local and more distant visitors to the unique qualities of this unspoilt area.
Palliser Estate Wines, Wharekauhau Country Estate
Department of Conservation, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Ornithological Society of NZ –OSNZ, Kahutara School

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Plants in the ground


Stoats killed


square metres of weeds controlled

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