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Farmland at QE Park Kapiti
Friends of QE Park Kapiti Trust supporting forest regeneration at Kapiti Coast

OUR RAUMATI WETLAND VISION

 

The Friends have spent much of this year focused on a proposal to retire the Raumati wetland from farming, re-wet the peat by stopping drainage and restore with wetland plants.

 

The 85ha wetland, once part of the Kapiti Coast’s Great Swamp, comprises all of the flat land between Poplar Avenue and Waterfall Stream parallel to State Highway 1 and drained by the North Whareroa drain for farming. Under the farming licence, GWRC can negotiate the retirement of land giving reasonable notice.

 

We have launched a petition on Action Station and it is one of the key points in our submission to GWRC’s current review of its Parks Network Plan. Peat lands are increasingly recognised and valued for the ecosystem service they provide (GWRC Wetlands report for the proposed Natural Resources Plan July 2015) and for their potential as a carbon sink. It would be great if you could add your name to the petition and share with your friends and family…just click on the link or the button at right.

 

FOREST RESTORATION

 

The  small rare dune swamp kahikatea forest was rescued from neglect and cattle about 1990 by the vigorous efforts of a few locals. Now its area is around 6ha, the result of dedicated planting over the last 10 years, particularly following Community Conservation Fund grants from DOC in 2009 and 2010. This remnant has around 72 native plant species, including kahikatea, nikau, pukatea, milk trees, whau, kohekohe. Swamp maire was recently present and will be re-introduced. Kaka, kakariki, kereru, falcon, cuckoos, morepork, bellbird are recorded.

 

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Stream and wetland restoration is one of the key projects of the Friends of QE Park Kapiti Trust.

STREAM AND WETLAND RESTORATION

 

Riparian plantings along the Whareroa and Wainui streams and other planting to restore extensive associated wetlands are being carried out. Some of this work has been funded by a targeted grant from GWRC. The rare grass Amphibromus fluitans has been recorded. Giant kokopu, inanga, long finned eel and koura are present.

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION

Kapiti Biodiversity Project works with Friends of QE Park Kapiti Trust.

KAPITI BIODIVERSITY PROJECT

 

The project over three years used a $300,000 Ministry for the Environment grant to support volunteers to improve biodiversity on the Kapiti Coast. Four main areas were covered - Queen Elizabeth Park, the Paekakariki-Pukerua Bay escarpment,  the Whareroa Farm Reserve and part of Perkins farm/Middle Run.

The cycleway is one of many projects of the Friends of QE Park Kapiti Trust.

BICYCLE TRACK

 

Te Ara o Whareroa, the new family-friendly cycleway through the park, has been enthusiastically received since it opened in January 2016. Developed by GWRC, it provides a link between the communities of Raumati and Paekākāriki and makes it possible to avoid highway traffic when cycling between the two villages. It demonstrates a commitment to the development of healthy sustainable transport options for the Kāpiti Coast and appeals to locals and visitors alike.

© Friends of QE Regional Park Kapiti Trust 2018