Today we had the opportunity to thank some of our many volunteers with an end of year lunch - the chance to relax and socialise, rather than yelling across a windswept valley with spades or thistle grubbers in our hands! It was also the time to pay a special tribute to some very important volunteers who are stepping back from their roles within Landcare. Read more...
Pioneer Group Works to Protect Majestic Peninsula
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Awhitu Landcare is one of the pioneer community environmental groups in New Zealand. Our volunteer work commenced in 1994, and covers the entire 22,000 hectare Awhitu Peninsula – a giant, ancient sand dune.
With gentle harbour beaches on one side, the wild Tasman on the other and rare dune lakes in between, the Awhitu Peninsula is indeed a majestic landscape. It is also a dynamic and fragile environment which needs, and deserves, protecting.
If you’ve never visited Awhitu, come pay a visit, you’ll find there’s lots to explore - here are just a few suggestions.
Our objectives are to be beneficial to the community in the following ways:
- To promote, and where possible facilitate, the protection and restoration of the natural features of the Awhitu environment, including waterways, and to encourage community appreciation of these values
- To carry out a dedicated pest reduction programme throughout the Awhitu Peninsula, employing whichever means prove most effective
- To enhance and expand Awhitu’s natural native vegetation, employing whichever means prove most effective
- To work towards the successful reintroduction of lost species which would have once been present in and around Awhitu
Our vision is a region where the land and waterways sustainably nurture flourishing, diverse communities of NZ plants, animals and people. A community which places high value on the natural Awhitu environment, enjoys its heritage and supports, and is involved in, its conservation.
Landcare volunteers give over 4,000 hours to this work every year and we estimate in the past 21 years more than 120,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted, and over 25,000 pests destroyed.