Wetland workshop for healthy waterways

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Taking care of the island’s wetlands – their types, threats, values, legislation, rules, weed, pest control, planting, project planning and aftercare ­– is the key focus of a workshop offered by Waiheke Resources Trust’s Project Little Oneroa this month.

Little Oneroa residents and the wider community are invited to the free full-day workshop on Saturday 20 May at the Waiheke Sustainability Centre, which will also include a visit to the wetland at Te Atawhai Whenua.

Miranda Bennett, Auckland Council Senior Biodiversity Advisor who has worked extensively in the planning and restoration of Waiheke’s major wetlands, will facilitate the workshop. She brings a team of experts ready to help residents learn the skills needed to manage wetlands on their property.

Waiheke Resources Trust manager Michael Maahs says wetlands are a vital aspect of healthy waterways. “The Little Oneroa Stream runs through more than 300 properties in the catchment area,” Michael says.

“It is critical that property owners know the importance and have access to support to get these areas working as they should.”

By helping to process nutrients, trap sediments and filter contaminants from the water, wetlands and their surrounding areas improve water quality. They are also nurseries and habitats to many rare and endangered bird, fish and plant species – containing more species than the equivalent area of bush.

The May 20 workshop is from 8.45am to 4.30pm at the Waiheke Sustainability Centre in Mako Street, Oneroa. It is suitable for all skill levels and free for Waiheke residents.

For more information and bookings email info@wrt.org.nz or call (09) 372 2915.

  • Emma Haas

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