Land Bought for Ōruaiti Reserve

29 May 2012

After almost a decade of negotiations, Wellington City Council has purchased close to two hectares of land next to the western side of Ōruaiti Reserve, near Seatoun.

Seatoun residents planting out at Oruaiti Reserve

Seatoun residents planting out at Ōruaiti Reserve

The land is owned by the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust and managed in partnership with the Council.

The Council's Natural Environment Portfolio Leader, Councillor Helene Ritchie, says this is a very significant headland that's already well-used by Wellingtonians.

"It has most of the old Ōruaiti Pā, which is listed as a site of outstanding significance to tangata whenua, as well as two former Second World War gun batteries."

The reserve is getting a makeover thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Plimmer Bequest Fund. The area's rich heritage and stories will also be explained on panels and signs.

Cr Ritchie and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust are inviting the public to 'dig-in' and help out with the reserve's development to help mark Arbor Day and Year of the Coast a week from today (Tuesday 5 June).

"Bring your gloves and a spade and help us reach our goal of planting 3,000 native plants. We'll even give you lunch."

Planting at the reserve starts at 10.00am.