We are working in collaboration with local iwi at Te Hakari Wetland. This 33.7 acre wetland was originally farmland, and is being restored as a conservation area to improve the quality of its surrounding waterways.
The restoration project, managed by Manaaki Taha Moana began in 2002.
Since then members have done annual planting of native species such as koromiko, toitoi, ngaio and koheke. They aim to interplant with kawakawa this year.
Manaaki Taha Moana also controls pests in the area such as cats, rats, stoats and ferrets.
Forest & Bird is working alongside Manaaki Taha Moana by doing monthly surveys of bird populations in the area, including both native and introduced ducks, swans, shags, silvereyes, swallows and tui.
Once the wetland is fully restored with native plant species, Manaaki Taha Moana aim to build a predator-proof fence and introduce more bird species, including fernbirds.