Location: Otaika Valley
GPS Coordinates: -35.786249, 174.302619
Project Cost: NZD $4140
Cost per Metre: NZD $46
Metres to be planted: 90m
Field Partner: Northland Regional Council
Project ID: NI25
The Whangārei Harbour catchment is made up of all the waterways that flow into the harbour. The catchment is about three times the size of the harbour itself, and includes the town of Whangārei.
The main rivers flowing into the harbour are the Hātea River, the Otaika/Puwera streams and the Waiarohia/Raumanga streams.
The Whangārei Harbour Catchment Group is working with Northland Regional Council and Whangarei District Council to improve water quality in the harbour.
Otaika Creek has long been a significant taonga (treasure) and source of kai (food) and recreation to local people, as well as an important resource to local industry.
The health of Otaika Creek has been deteriorating. Restoring it is a priority for the catchment group. The group is actively working towards the following goals:
We want to engage and empower the local community to help restore Otaika Creek. And we’re especially interested in finding and improving Inanga spawning habitat along the creek.
Inanga are one of our native freshwater fish species and they are in decline. They are linked to the wider ecosystem from the mountains to the sea as they travel from freshwater to saltwater and then back to freshwater during their lifecycle.
Inanga are present in the Otaika Creek, but they lack suitable spawning habitat. We call this area the ‘love zone’ and we need to love the love zone! Specialised planting in this area can make a huge difference!
We will be planting 400 plants and trees along 90 metres of Otaika Creek with students from Otaika Valley and Portland schools. This is an area where Inanga have been spawning.
The students have been learning about their awa for five years now. They started planting last year and hope to continue along with many other stakeholders to plant and remove Willows and fish passage barriers over the coming years to help restore the overall health of Otaika Creek.
We hope that you will support our project today! Your donation will go towards prepping the site for planting, the plants themselves and maintaining the plants so that they survive. Our goal is to plant at the end of June 2018.
|Century Yuasa||$186.75||4.06m||22 Jun 2018|
|Amna Laila||$46.00||1.00m||21 Jun 2018|
|Lewis Road Creamery||$900.00||19.57m||20 Jun 2018|
|Georgina Hart||$46.00||1.00m||19 Jun 2018|
|Catherine Lundoff||$20.00||0.43m||16 Jun 2018|
|Kate Birch||$25.00||0.54m||15 Jun 2018|
|J Olsen||$46.00||1.00m||12 Jun 2018|
|Carole Stiles||$20.00||0.43m||07 Jun 2018|
|Sarah Irwin||$69.00||1.50m||06 Jun 2018|
|Anonymous||$100.00||2.17m||06 Jun 2018|
|Alsco||$400.00||8.70m||06 Jun 2018|
|Maggie McClune||$46.00||1.00m||06 Jun 2018|
|Neil Gibbs||$23.00||0.50m||05 Jun 2018|
|Native Trees For Restoring Whangarei Catchment||$355.00||7.72m||31 May 2018|
|Century Yuasa||$1,793.25||38.98m||31 May 2018|
|Alaina Pomeroy||$25.00||0.54m||31 May 2018|
|Rob Wilkinson||$39.00||0.85m||29 May 2018|