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Waitaua Awa planting season kicks off

 
This page contains information about the Waitaua Awa Restoration Project that is kicking off.
Updated: 29/04/2018 5:24 p.m.

As the cooler, wetter weather arrives, so do ideal conditions for planting.

The Waitaua Awa Restoration Project is kicking in to gear for the season with five planting days between 28 April and 26 May.

The plants will help to prevent debris running into streams in the catchment, will provide shade for streams and also beautify the area.

A Whitebait Connection Northland Regional Manager and Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust spokesperson said planting days connect communities with the living freshwater treasures their waterways are.

“The project is sponsored by Council and coordinated by Whitebait Connection and the work means communities benefit from seeing river margins restored and more walkways and cycleways along waterways through Council's Blue/ Green network strategy."

Dates for the Waitaua Awa Restoration Project planting days (also advertised on Meetup.com) are:

  • 28 April 2018, 5 May 2018,
  • 12 May2018, 19 May 2018,
  • 26 May 2018.

“On these days we’ll be filling gaps with more native plants amongst the thousands of established riparian plants we installed 2008 - 2015," a spokesperson said.

"Once that's complete, we'll be planting up the drain parallel to Kiripaka Road with wetland plants to add beauty, function and habitat to this area.

“All you need to bring are a few friends or family members to help, a spade and gloves if you have them, plus a full water bottle, sunscreen, lunch, closed shoes, parka, hat, change of clothes and a plastic bag for clothes."

Find out more about the Whitebait Connection's freshwater education programmes on their website.

Whitebait Connection

GPS location for Tikipunga Park: -35.68113, 174.33689.

More information on their facebook page.

Waitaua Awa Restoration Project

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