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Friends of Onoke Spit History
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.
Trapping of animal pests began in September 2010 and so far we have caught feral cats, rats, stoat, weasel & hedgehogs. Traps used were DOC 250s and Timms killtraps. Bait used was mostly rabbit meat and latterly eggs.
Three patches of thick gorse at the western end of the spit were cleared in January 2011 and planted with native plants in May 2011. These plants have been protected using felt mats and plastic sleeves known as combiguards.
Survival rates so far have been very good. It is planned to do more weed control through the summer months. Some manual weed pulling has also been done to remove marram grass, harestail and small patches of senecio.
More signage has been erected on the spit to alert visitors especially at significant bird nesting times and to drive vehicles in a way as to minimise damage to native plants. We also plan to fence off another 450 m at the western end of the spit to protect the dunes and native plants.
We have also had beach clean-up days and Kahutara School held their annual family picnic day at Onoke Spit in February 2011.