The Weiti Wildlink project, now in its 3rd year, is an initiative of the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) which aims to restore the native habitat and ecological values of the Weiti River in Silverdale. The Weiti River plays a significant role as part of a network of streams that flow through the Hibiscus and Bays area and out to Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve. But today, many of the areas along the Weiti River are heavily infested with weeds. Water quality is affected by storm water run-off, and potential pollutants, as well as sedimentation which reduces the water’s oxygen levels and the ability of the river to sustain life.
The Weiti Wildlink project aims to:
- Contribute to enhancing water quality of the Weiti River and the biodiversity of the North-West WildLink through native riparian planting within the Flexman Place Berm Reserve
- Engage the Silverdale community, schools and businesses in environmental education and action to create a sense of stewardship of the Weiti River and enhance awareness of water quality issues and responses.
The restoration of the Weiti River will ensure the rivers water quality is improved, habitats are enriched, and ultimately provide habitat for rare birds from Tiritiri Matangi Island, who will use the river as a wildlife corridor as they travel from the island across to Shakespear Regional Park and up the river.
Last winter, volunteers planted 400 native shrubs alongside the river. These plants will help to improve the health of the area and provide habitat for native birds and lizards. We have 6 volunteer days coming up between now and April and we really need your help to ensure the survival of these plants and the success of the project.