A lot of our mahi in March was focussed on Te Pourepo O Kaituna, a historic wetland that our crew has been helping to restore over the past year.
In the late 1970’s, a huge flood along the Kaituna River washed kahikatea seeds up onto the pastures. 50 years later these seeds have grown into a mature forest.
Our mission is to help restore the area surrounding these Kahikatea and create a 230-hectare wetland that will help to reduce flooding, create habitat for native species and improve the water quality of the lower Kaituna. So far, the crew has spent over 700 hours in Te Pourepo O Kaituna spraying and removing pest plants and giving the recently planted natives some much needed awhi.
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