This project is aimed at improving biodiversity and creating ecological corridors and healthy waterways for the community to use and enjoy. A major focus of this project is reconnecting and restoring the Kahikatea forest fragments and wetlands linked by the Waitoa River. The iconic kahikatea is under threat: of the more than 100,000 ha once covering the Hauraki Plains, approximately 1% is left, their condition compromised by weed invasion, drainage and stock damage.
Volunteers will initially be helping with weed removal to assist with regeneration and prepare areas for the reintroduction of native species at protected sites along the river at a later date. An example of such a project is under way at Hawes Bush in Waharoa, a beautiful kahikatea remnant being restored by the Friends of Hawes Bush. Alongside getting your hands dirty there is also the chance to learn more about weed identification and control techniques, seed sourcing, and growing of native plants.
By participating in this volunteering project you are helping achieve the following United Nations Sustainability Goals;
Goal 3 - Good health and well-being
Goal 6 - Clean water and sanitation
Goal 11 - Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 13 - Climate action
Goal 14 - Life below water
Goal 15 - Life on land
Due to the nature of the role some level of physical fitness is required. Ability to take instructions and happy to have a go and do physical work. Appropriate clothing and footwear (closed toe shoes) for the conditions.
Practical – outdoors