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History of Paekawakawa Reserve
Paekawakawa Reserve forms part of the prominent ridge in Island Bay and takes its name — meaning the place of many Kawakawa — from the Māori name for the local area. The 1.4 ha (3.5 acre) area of land was purchased by the Island Bay Natural Heritage Charitable Trust from a property developer in 2006 and is now protected under an Open Space Covenant with the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. The Reserve is owned by the community and administered by the Trust. Securing the purchase the land would not have been possible without the foresight and dedication of Robert Logan, and the generous financial support from Trustees and supporters of the project. The site is now predominantly regenerating native bush, but also includes a number of mature exotic trees planted in the 1960s by well known Island Bay resident Dr Suckling. The reserve is also home to many native birds and we aim to preserve and enhance the biodiversity to create a community Reserve that connects with the local network of green spaces, including the City to Sea Walkway, Tapu Te Ranga Marae and Oku Street Reserve. The Trust has recently carried out significant work in the Reserve — the building of tracks into and within the Reserve, removal of a number of unwanted tree species and weed clearing — with the grateful support of the Wellington City Council and QEII National Trust. There is still a lot of work to be done, especially with pest management and planting programmes, and we welcome the on-going support of the Island Bay community in achieving our vision of Paekawakawa Reserve enhancing local biodiversity and being enjoyed by the community.