Hawke’s Bay Regional Council came on board last year to fund the full cost of the plants! Planting was completed last winter.
We kept fundraising to support the ongoing maintenance of the plants and for some additional planting. We’ve got the next fundraiser for this area up and running already – you can read all about this at the bottom of this update.
The owners of Taharoa Trust, Pat and Sue, put in a tremendous effort to prepare the sites for planting and laid out all of the trees prior to the planting. Te Mangatupae Stream has very steep banks, so once Pat and Sue placed the seedlings, local contractors were best equipped to plant them.
They planted 14,200 plants in the gully in June and July last year. This was 3,000 metres of streambank (1,500 metres both sides). Plants included manuka, hebe, karamu, and harakeke, as well as specimen trees such as kauri, rimu, rewarewa and kahikatea.
The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group organised a community planting day with over 50 people. They planted 6,000 seedlings in and around a wetland on the same farm. The wetland is a nursery for tuna and will be great habitat for native birds.
Thanks to all the individuals and businesses that contributed to this project. $10,645 has been raised. The plants are already in the ground but they need to be taken care of so that they don’t get covered by weeds. $3,000 of the funds raised will go towards maintaining the plants for 3 years.
The remaining funds will go towards additional native planting one gully over along the Mamangu stream. Like Mangatupae, this stream also flows into the Whangawehi River. The project is on Pongaroa Station, a farm that Million Metres has supported in the past. Like Taharoa Trust, Pongaroa Station is an enthusiastic partner in the restoration of the Whangawehi Catchment.
Nic Caviale-Delzescaux, Coordinator of the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group says:
"Thank you very much for your support. It is amazing to see that we are connecting the dots and linking key ecosystems that will very soon support and sustain native bird species. Once the trees are established they should help stabilise the steep banks and contribute to better water clarity in the stream and river below.
With the addition of this latest project, the community has retired over 100 ha of land and established 200,000 native plants along 15 km of streams in the catchment. We’re beginning to see a real difference in the waterways and positive impacts on tuna, inanga and native birds."
Check out our new Hawke’s Bay planting project: Mahia Peninsula wetlands at Pa Nui Farm!
Another way to stay up to date with the great work that Whangawehi Management Group is doing is to check out their website: https://whangawehi.com/