Next to Auckland’s busy North Western motorway and industrial zone there lies a wildlife hot spot. But it is overgrown with weeds. Local volunteers have launched a $120,000 crowdfunding campaign with Million Metres. Together we will help restore this important native habitat.
Every day thousands of Auckland commuters pass through the Rosebank Peninsula and Whau area. But few know that it’s a small but important wildlife refuge.
Ara Patiki Bay is one of the best examples of mangrove and salt marsh habitat in the Waitemata Harbour. It was once famous for flounder. Today it is a haven for juvenile fish and other native wildlife. It’s a rich feeding ground for native and migratory birds. Visitors include white faced herons, royal spoonbill, pukeko, spotless crake, kingfisher, the endangered fernbird and the endangered banded rail.
But today there are just a few areas of native bush remaining where the wildlife is under threat.
The Whau River Catchment Trust formed in 2012 to restore and protect The Whau River. It’s now working with the Rosebank Business Association and Whau Local Board to start a major restoration project along Rosebank Peninsula’s eastern coast line.
Together they are working on eradicating the weeds that have grown up along the peninsulas coast line. They are restoring native habitats. This will help keep the weeds out. It will encourage more specialised coastal plants and animals to return.
The Trust has enlisted the help of Million Metres to crowdfund the first stage of planting. It will cover a 530 metre stretch of coast, situated between the Rosebank Business District and Ara Patiki Bay.
Gilbert Brakey, chair of the Trust says: “The area still has a few areas of remnant native bush. But the rest is overgrown with weeds. We will get rid of the weeds and replant this area with native vegetation. This will provide habitat, fruit and nectar for native animals. This will give Native birds and other wildlife the chance to re-establish themselves in this area.”
This is just the first stage of a 5-10 year restoration plan. The plan covers the entire coastal fringe along Rosebank Peninsula. The Trust is especially keen to work with local businesses as well as the local community to make it a success.
Gilbert says: “Local businesses can contribute to the crowd-funding drive. They can help cut pollution. They can adopt an area of coast to help restore and maintain. They can spread the word about this crowdfunding campaign. They can have their name connected to one of the most exciting environmental projects in Auckland.”
Already a host of local businesses and organisations have backed the idea. These include the Rosebank Business Association, Whau Local Board, and Jucy.
Georgina Hart, Million Metres Project Lead, says: “This is the largest project a stream group has crowdfunded for on Million Metres so far. It’s outstanding to be working with such a committed group of people. It's exciting to see the way that local businesses are stepping up to help restore this very special place.”