Te Raekaihau Point

26 July 2010

We're rehabilitating Te Raekaihau Point's ecology, and you have a chance to be part of it.

The Council's Biodiversity Coordinator will be there with over 1,000 plants

The Council's Biodiversity Coordinator will be there with over 1,000 plants

Together with Te Raekaihau Coast Care, we're organising a planting day this Saturday (31 July).

We've got at least 1,000 native ecosourced plants - mostly taupata shrubland - ready for a new home on the coast. This is the only planting that will be done in the area - most of the Point will be left to naturally regenerate while we control the weeds.

The Council's Biodiversity Coordinator, Myfanwy Emeny, says the main aim is to help shorebirds.

"We've got little blue penguins nesting in the roadside bank across from the car park. This means they have to cross the car park at night - which is not ideal.

"We want to create a safer habitat for them. The new shrubland will also be good for lizards."

Planting starts at 9.00am, but you can come and go as you wish. Please bring sturdy footwear and gloves, and a spade if you can. Light refreshments will be provided.

If the weather's really horrible, the planting will be postponed until Sunday 1 August.

For more information about the planting day or Te Raekaihau Point, phone Myfanwy on (04) 803 8549 or go to the Te Raekaihau project section on this website.