Our vision: Queen Elizabeth Park as a sand-country landscape
with natural, historic and cultural features that all can enjoy.
• AGM | SUN 14 OCT | 3PM
The Friends’ AGM will be held on Sunday, October 14 this year at 3pm in the new park visitor centre, Ramaroa, just inside the Mackays Crossing entrance. Our theme this year will be climate change and how the park’s wetlands could be a valuable tool and educational opportunity. Members of the public are welcome but need to be paid-up members of the Friends to vote. You can join on the day with membership subs costing $20 per year.
• RESTORATION GROUP
EVERY WEDS MORNING| 9AM
The volunteer Restoration Group meets at the park nursery on the right just past the Kapiti Stables inside the Mackays Crossing entrance. Supported fully by GWRC, volunteers raise seedlings and help plant out key areas that have been retired from farming.
Please contact Friends deputy chair Peter Brooking at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are a voluntary trust made up of members of the Kapiti Coast community. We recognise the 638ha park as an irreplaceable public recreation reserve and honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi, together with links to those with mana whenua and kaitiakitanga.
We aim to collaborate with the owner (Department of Conservation) and manager (Greater Wellington Regional Council) to guard its resources; we cherish the ecosystem services provided by the dune, wetland and forest native plants and animals, by restoring, conserving and, where possible, enlarging them. We:
• reduce weeds and pests
• encourage research
• protect historic features
• encourage low-impact recreation
• and promote peace in the park.
A key issue for the Friends has become facilitating the restoration of the extensive wetland system (see Projects for a link to our Raumati wetland petition), as much of the park is drained to support farming by a private licence-holder. The Wellington region now has only around 3 percent of its wetlands remaining and the park's peat wetlands, if re-wetted, have significant potential as a carbon sink.
Trustees meet on the third Monday evening each month and welcome new Friends. Our public AGM, previously held in August each year, will be in October this year in the park's wonderful new visitor centre 'Ramaroa' (see Events).
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