Location: 490 Old Tai Tapu Road, Christchurch, Canterbury
GPS Coordinates: -43.638492, 172.560058
Project Cost: NZD $9600
Cost per Metre: NZD $48
Metres to be planted: 200m
Field Partner: Environment Canterbury
Project ID: SI7
Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Trust have been restoring native biodiversity in Canterbury for twelve years.
We partner with Enviroschools to host local students through the Kids Discovery Plantout Programme.
In 2018, the programme involves 14 schools and one kindergarten attending field days at restoration sites near their Selwyn District Schools. The field days include native planting and biodiversity activities such as monitoring of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and birds. Each school works on a different project and will continue to monitor the site in years to come.
The students at Ladbrooks School have achieved great success at the Stackwoods Bend site along the Huritini / Halswell River and would like to continue their work at this site by extending the plantings and providing even more habitat for native birds.
With the help of Million Metres crowdfunding the students will be able to achieve their goal and continue their fantastic work restoring biodiversity along the Huritini / Halswell river in 2019 and 2020.
Te Ara Kākāriki trustees, coordinators and volunteers are passionate about restoring native plant habitats in mid Canterbury; a place with few native remnants remaining.
The water quality of most streams in the area including Huritini / Halswell is poor due to increased pollution and use of water. The Huritini / Halswell river feeds into Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere; an internationally significant wetland due to its diversity of wildlife. 167 species of bird have been recorded at the site along with 43 species of fish.
Stackwoods Bend runs along the Huritini/Halswell River, next to Old Tai Tapu Road. Ladbrooks primary is the local school to the site. There is a nearby remnant forest in Tai Tapu containing significant numbers of regenerating totara and matai, as well as an abundance of other native trees and shrubs.
Our proposed restoration site at Stackwoods Bend will be a much-needed stepping stone in the native corridor Te Ara Kākāriki aim to create between the mountains and the sea. It will serve as a stopover for the birds to feed and nest.
Over the next two planting seasons we will plant a total of 200 metres along the river with 800 native plants and trees. This is 800 square metres of planting!
Half the plants will be planted in 2019 and half in 2020. The plants are from the Department of Conservation nursery in Motukarara.
Donations will go towards the plants, site prep and maintenance of the site, coordination and planning for Te Ara Kākāriki and the school planting days and Million Metres 15% admin fee.
By funding a metre along the stream, you will be funding four square meters of habitat, and an amazing field day for one student where they will learn about biodiversity in the area.
Fund two metres of stream and you will double that!