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Karamea Kaiawhina O Te Wahapuu - Karamea Estuary Enhancement Project

Year Started: 
Contact Person: 
George Snowden; Chair
Group Members: 
Karamea Estuary at mouth of Karamea River; Buller District South Island
New Zealand

The shared aim is to preserve, enhance, and promote the historic and natural values of the Karamea Estuary and surrounds. This local community group (KEEP), Karamea Area School students and the Department of Conservation are creating a walkway around the Karamea Estuary. The emphasis is on raising community awareness of the ecological and historic values of the estuary by encouraging community members and school students to participate in conservation activities around the estuary such as planting, weed control, learning about the estuary and surrounds and developing a walkway. The project has provided educational opportunities and active involvement from community and local students; group members are confident that this will be central to the success of the project. The goal is to create a walkway around the Karamea Estuary foreshore, to revegetate the area with indigenous flora, to enable locals and visitors to view and value the heritage and natural features of this estuarine area. A key issue at the estuary is the unmanaged trampling of the fragile saltmarsh/mudflat ecosystem. Visitors to the area are not aware of the values of these sensitive communities and drive or walk over sections of the estuary. KEEP have identified a need for appropriate access around the site. A need to develop a supportive climate; not an intrusive one, that protects what is left of the indigenous habitat. A formed track has been created by KEEP with the goal of creating a boardwalk across a section of the march in order to protect the estuary and allow further opportunities for conservation education and enhancement of an area that has clear biodiversity values and historic significance.

Group can be contacted by using the email contact form.



Department of Conservation, Pub Charities, Honda Tree Fund and BOC
Department of Conservation and Karamea Area School