Location: Kaiate Falls
GPS Coordinates: -37.765645, 176.248477
Project Cost: NZD $52500
Cost per Metre: NZD $35
Metres to be planted: 1500m
Field Partner: Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Project ID: NI42
We really want to go for a dip at Kaiate Falls, but at the moment we can’t and that’s a bit crap! A short bush walk down to Kaiate Falls takes you past a series of pretty waterfalls before you reach the biggest waterfall with an excellent plunge pool for bombs and belly-flops. The locals used to swim here all summer long but now there are high levels of E.coli bacteria and Toi Te Ora Public Health has advised against swimming in the river.
The ‘Let’s Make Kaiate Falls Swimmable Again’ community, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Waitao Landcare Group have a goal of cleaning up the water that flows along Otawera Stream and down to Kaiate Falls so that it is safe to swim. Together, we’ll achieve this by fencing off and planting the waterways upstream from Kaiate Falls – this will keep livestock out of the water and filter runoff from farmland. We will fence off 1500 metres of stream and plant over 6,700 natives resulting in over 1.3 hectares of restoration. That’s nothing to poo-poo about!
Luckily, superstar native plant expert Rob McGowan is a local and has been giving us a hand to identify which native plants would have been found in the area back when Johnny was a cowboy. The planting plan will ensure that this area is regenerated to establish a habitat that lots of our native biodiversity will be able to call home and we will be planting trees that will provide the native birds and the bees with some good kai. Under Rob’s guidance, the Waitao Landcare group has been collecting seeds and raising native plants for years, and carrying out plantings alongside streams in the Waitao catchment.
We know what we’re doing – in 2019 over 50 volunteers helped to plant almost 900 plants along 400 metres of Kaiate stream, and in 2020 we’re aiming higher! With 1500 metres of stream and 6700 natives to plant, we need your help! The funds raised will go towards site preparation, purchasing the plants, getting the plants in the ground and site maintenance which will ensure the plants grow big and strong.
Please donate to our Million Metres project to help us to help the stream get back to health, and turn cow-plops into belly-flops!
The weather is warming up and Christmas is just around the corner! Million Metres has the perfect way for you to help restore the Kaiate Falls and get your Christmas presents sorted at the same time!
Head over to our Christmas page, choose one or more bundles of native trees to purchase, and the river you’d like them planted at – choose Kaiate Falls Project! For each bundle of trees you’ll receive a beautiful e-card to gift on to a loved one, and your trees will be planted on the banks of the Kaiate Falls Project and its tributaries next winter and get to work restoring these precious waterways.
|Mel Krebs||$35.00||1.00m||07 Dec 2019|
|Cat Walden||$35.00||1.00m||07 Dec 2019|
|Old Long Johnson||$50.00||1.43m||07 Dec 2019|
|Hill Laboratories||$1,000.00||28.57m||04 Dec 2019|
|Anonymous||$105.00||3.00m||04 Dec 2019|
|Seatrail Agencies Ltd||$500.00||14.29m||03 Dec 2019|
|Matire Duncan||$35.00||1.00m||02 Dec 2019|
|Jules Sunflower||$70.00||2.00m||26 Nov 2019|
|Donations Via The Good Registry||$200.00||5.71m||18 Nov 2019|
|Ingrid Zotter||$35.00||1.00m||17 Nov 2019|
|Emily Macklow||$35.00||1.00m||16 Nov 2019|
|Pim De Monchy||$35.00||1.00m||15 Nov 2019|
|Crystal Jones||$70.00||2.00m||15 Nov 2019|