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History of Castlepoint Ratepayers and Residents Assn and Te Hika a Papauma
Manaakitia a Papatūānuku mai i a Rangiwhakaoma [Castlepoint Scenic Reserve]- ko Wairarapa Helping Mother Earth restore Castlepoint Scenic Reserve, Wairarapa Te Hika a Papauma [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 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.
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.
We are planning to plant 500 spinifex on the 26 August.
We plan to remove all the wilding pines from the fore dunes and back dune areas this year.