Whitebait Creek Culvert Receives Green Light

(Published on 15th January 2016)

Whitebait Creek has been prized by locals for generations for its migrating whitebait, but unfortunately over recent years the whitebait population has been in decline. NZ Landcare Trust has been working with the local community to find solutions and we are pleased to announce that this month will see a major  step forward.

Just before Christmas, NZ Landcare Trust’s Regional Coordinator Alastair Cole received notification that a project to replace the culvert under Seabury Avenue, which poses a significant migration hurdle to whitebait, has secured full funding.

Mr Cole said "The full cost of the project is $179,000. Although most of the funds had been secured, we were facing a shortfall that potentially could halt the project. We are thankful to the Wildlife Foxton Trust, a local not-for-profit environmental group who at the eleventh hour, managed to raise $21,850 from He Tini Awa Trust and Endeavour Trust, to allow the project to proceed."

"We would also like to acknowledge the other funders who include Horowhenua District Council, Department of Conservation CCPF and Horizons Regional Council. We will be holding a 'Ground Breaking Ceremony' on Monday 18 January in recognition of their support."

“Three and a half years ago we came to the conclusion that the only way to do this job was to do it properly... we needed to replace the old culvert. This will be a significant milestone, helping enhance the whitebait population in the creek” concluded Mr Cole.

Ground work is set to start on the 25th January 2016, with a 4 metre wide by 2 metre deep box culvert being installed. The structure will be naturalised with native plantings to help secure unimpeded whitebait passage, which in turn will help increase spawning success.

The majority of the funding for the creek project was provided by the Foxton Beach community through the Foxton Beach Freeholding Account, with further funding provided by Horowhenua District Council, Department Of Conservation, Wildlife Foxton Trust and Horizons Regional Council.

If you would like further information on the project please contact Alastair Cole from NZ Landcare Trust at the Manawatu/Whanganui office on 0800 526 322 or email alastair.cole@landcare.org.nz.





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