WHAT: Waitaua "Muck In" Day. Spend some time pulling bindweed and other invasive plants that are threatening recently planted native plants in the Waitaua Catchment Restoration Network.
WHY: Since 2007 locals have been planting native species along the banks of the Waitaua (Upper Hatea) to assist the awa to be as healthy as it can be, from the mountains to the sea. Native plants provide a corridor for birds and insects, a buffer to filter runoff from the land, and shade the waters - keeping it cool for the native fish and insects that depend on a cool, clear flowing river to thrive. A healthy riparian belt will contribute to a healthy Whangarei Harbour by reducing sedimentation and other pollution from land runoff.
HOW: Bring your tool of choice, gloves, long sleeves, trousers, hat and raincoat. We will provide some tools, gloves. Refreshing drinks & snacks provided.
Come anytime between 1 & 5pm. We will have a banner & signage at the gate near the Vinegar Rd bridge directing you to the weeding site.
Hosted by the Whitebait Connection a programme of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust. We are committed to the safety and care of all workers and participants. There will be procedures in place on the day to keep us and the environment healthy.
The event will be cancelled if the river is in flood - see our FB page for cancellations. Otherwise - RAIN HAIL OR SHINE - NAU MAI HAERE MAI!
Thanks to the Whangarei District Council for their support.