Gathering of the River People

(Published on 16th November 2017)

A hui to discuss restoration efforts along the Motueka Awa (river) and its tributaries will be held on Mon 27th November. The hui has been initiated by the Tapawera Awa Ora group, in conjunction with NZ Landcare Trust.  The aim is to bring together the many different individuals and groups working to enhance and protect this precious taonga.

The hui will provide a space for those working on projects to share what they doing  and to  find out what others are doing. We will then to discuss how we could work together to be more effective, build our volunteer networks, and fund our projects.  Anyone interested in helping make a difference is welcome to attend.

The Tapawera Awa Ora group have been planting native plants along the Motueka River near Tapawera for some time.  The group has a large emphasis on making friends and involving the children in caring for the awa .  Plantings usually take place in winter with the summer used for weed control and preparation for the next winters plantings. Well over 10,000 trees have been planted so far and the group plan to keep planting along the awa a section at a time.

Amongst those working along the river are the Motueka weed busters group whose primarily focus is on controlling weeds like old man's beard from protected bush areas.  Eco-sourced seeds can then be collected from these areas and grown in community nurseries.  DOC is working on expanding areas of existing bush along the river and provide the Tapawera Awa Ora group with local manuka seedlings to plant.  Community groups are involved with controlling wilding pines and restoring wetlands.  Trapping groups are also trapping along the river to help protect the Whio (blue ducks)who are returning to some of the tributaries. Farmers are planting their tributaries and streams that flow into the river and Fish and Game are monitoring current fish life.  Tasman District Council is also involved with planting along the river and monitoring of the water quality.

Despite all this activity many are still working in isolation. Come along and be part of this hui which is for the 'doers'.  It is the gathering of the River People.

The hui will be held in the Ngatimoti Hall starting at 6.30pm.

For further information or to RSVP please contact Annette Litherland, NZ Landcare Trust
Email: annette.litherland@landcare.org.nz
Ph: 027 724 4445

 

Register via our website on the 24th Nov, Friday.

 

 

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