Over 200 students and whānau took part in a series of community planting days along the Waitaua Stream in Tikipunga in June 2021 as part of the Blue/Green Network Programme.
Run by Whitebait Connection and Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust and supported by Whangarei District Council, the planting days saw over 1,500 riparian native plants get planted along the Waitaua Stream where it flows adjacent to the Totara Parklands Estate subdivision.
A group of people on a Community Planting day:
The plants will improve water quality in the Upper Hātea catchment, and boost amenity along a future walking and cycling trail that will eventually connect Gillingham Road to Whangārei Falls.
Riparian vegetation is a key element of the Blue-Green Programme, which aims to integrate cycling and walking infrastructure with ecological restoration, improved storm-water management, and flood protection.
The planting events coincided with Whangārei Matariki Festival 2021.