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Leigh Harbour Valley Society

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Kathryn Erikson
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Leigh Harbour catchment, Leigh
New Zealand
Concerned landowners in the valley behind Leigh Harbour and alongside the Leigh Harbour walkway have joined forces to restore the area’s coastal bush and waterways. This effort mainly involves controlling pest plants and animals, with planting on wetland areas and along the coast. The Leigh Harbour Valley Society Inc. was formed in February 2009, and currently has 30 members. One of the society’s first acts was to commission a forest restoration plan, which was funded by the Department of Conservation and produced by the ecological consultancy Te Ngahere, in June 2009. This report highlighted the serious weed problems in many parts of the catchment and recommended control strategies.
The Auckland Council has funded three fencing projects to exclude stock from waterways in farmed parts of the Leigh Harbour catchment, and local landowner Sir Duncan McMullin has generously withdrawn stock from a steep paddock containing another tributary. We are currently awaiting the outcome of an application to fund fencing of the final major waterway to which stock have access. We have nearly finished planting native vegetation inside two of the fenced areas and plan to do the other areas over the next 1-2 years.
We would greatly appreciate any form of assistance with our project. We run frequent working bees on weekends.


Auckland Council, BNZ staff volunteers programme, Conservation Volunteers, Department of Conservation, Project Crimson, Trees for Survival, Wai Care, Weedbusters