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Level 4 Lockdown and Landcare Pest Management Fieldwork

Pest Management field work is able to remain operational under Alert Level 4 rules this time around. 

 

Therefore you will see Sam Whitley’s ute parked around the area as he continues to maintain trap lines whilst working within strict Ministry of Health protocols.

 

Our resource Centre however remains closed during Level 4 restrictions.  Traps and bait supplies will not be issued during this period.

The nursery team will continue to tend seedlings. Please do not call in or approach staff during ongoing Level 4 restrictions.

Questions and enquiries remain welcome and should be directed to landcare@awhitu.org.nz.

Thank you for your patience.  Stay safe and we look forward to opening again soon!

Forestry projects restore biodiversity, waterways, and jobs to Awhitu Peninsula

Date: 01 Mar 2021

Media contact: MPI media team

Telephone: 029 894 0328

Email: media@mpi.govt.nz

Restoring native trees and biodiversity and improving waterways on Auckland’s Awhitu Peninsula will be accelerated thanks to 2 projects supported and funded by the One Billion Trees Fund, administered by Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand).

Henry Weston, acting deputy director-general, Te Uru Rākau, says these projects will enable between 15 and 20 jobs to be created for propagation, tree planting and maintenance, and for the expansion of Matakawau Community Nursery’s infrastructure to upscale seedling production from 15,000 to 62,500 stems per year.

The 4-year Te Korowai o Papatūanuku Awhitu Peninsula Project received nearly $1.7 million to grow and plant 250,000 native trees, including the planting and maintenance of up to 49 hectares of high ecological value sites.

“The project is being led by partners Awhitu Landcare, Ngāti Te Ata and Auckland Council, and is a great example of how working in collaboration with our stakeholders delivers environmental and economic outcomes and value for our regions,” says Mr Weston.

Eligible landowners in ecologically sensitive areas will get access to a planting plan, and subsidised native trees to plant and maintain. Planting and maintenance will be undertaken by Awhitu Landcare and Ngāti Te Ata.

“The project will include investment into Ngāti Te Ata’s cultural landscape restoration activities, supporting Kaitiakitanga through a training programme on seed propagation and Mātauranga Māori learnings,” Mr Weston explained.

Auckland Council’s head of natural environment delivery, Phil Brown, said it was a great opportunity to partner with mana whenua, community, and government agencies on this project.

“It’s so satisfying to see the work the Landcare group is carrying out to protect our environment. Any work that benefits the environment, benefits us all,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Weston says waterways in the Auckland region will also benefit from an $80,000 investment by Te Uru Rākau in the Million Metres Streams Project.

Established by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) in 2014, the project’s goal is to plant one million metres (1,000 km) of waterways to restore water quality and habitat health. SBN connects businesses, people, and landowners as part of the project.

“This investment will help support the organisation and the delivery of 20 projects to restore approximately 20 kilometres of waterways with 100,000 seedlings over the next 8 months.”

Alaina Pomeroy, Million Metres Streams Project lead, says Million Metres works with passionate people around Aotearoa to help them take care of their waterways.

“While our work is national in scope, we are currently working with community groups that are focussed on planting in wetlands and streams that flow into Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.”

The Hauraki Gulf will benefit from these projects, with waterway restoration reducing erosion and sediment movement into the Gulf.

Visit Million Metres Streams Project website for more information about their work.

Saturday Volunteers

Are you passionate about the peninsula and willing to donate two hours of your time on a Saturday morning? 

We are looking for a team of volunteers to man our Resource Centre on a rostered basis. You will be supplying landowners with pest control materials between the hours of 10.00am and noon.  Training will be provided.  

To register you interest please contact Anne on 09 235 1616, email landcare@awhitu.org.nz or drop in Wed-Friday 9.00am – noon.

Matakawau Raft Race Donation..

The Great Annual Matakawau Raft Race was held on Sunday 31 January. The weather, tide, wind and turnout of people made it yet another ‘great’ day to remember. $350 was raised for Awhitu Landcare from race entry fees, donations and a very successful sausage sizzle.

Many thanks to Race Organisers, generous donors and of course sausage eaters for continuing to support Landcare’s efforts!

Congratulations on another successful family fun day out.

Te Korowai o Papatūānuku

Regenerating the Awhitu Peninsula with 250,000 native plants

Awhitu Landcare has been approved for funding from Te Uru Rākau, Forestry New Zealand, as part of the One Billion Trees programme. This means that Awhitu Landcare, in partnership with Ngāti Te Ataand Auckland Council, can propagate and supply 250,000 eco-sourced native plants over the next four years to local landowners and iwi. Support is also available for planting plans, ecologist assessments and project management.

The name of this project is Te Korowai o Papatūānuku which means ‘the cloak of Mother Earth’.

Are you interested in subsidised plants and planting project support?

We are calling for early registrations of interest from landowners who would like assistance with restoration planting on their land in 2021.

Eligibility for subsidised planting:

To be eligible for support, a planting project will need to meet certain criteria. Broadly speaking the subsidy applies to projects that enhance or restore the unique natural and cultural environment on the peninsula. The area to be planted must fit into one of the following categories:

-       Area of ecological significance, eg streams and wetlands or bordering remnant forest

-       Area of cultural significance or heritage 

-       Area of important biodiversity as identified by Auckland Council

-       Area that links biodiverse areas to create corridors for movement of native birds and other species

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please register anyway and we can investigate whether your project fits into the required criteria.

 

Email landcare@awhitu.org.nz or phone 09 235 1616.

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