This year, Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) turns 10 years old. To celebrate, we welcomed everyone who shares our love of the outdoors and our commitment to conserving the environment to a community planting day at Atiu Creek Regional Park in the Kaipara Harbour. We were overwhelmed with the support on the day as an amazing 37 volunteers joined us for the long but beautiful drive to the park to spend the day planting natives trees and shrubs. It was a beautifully sunny day and our volunteers planted a very impressive 1,000 trees in just a few hours. As a thank you, we followed the planting with a BBQ and a giant birthday cake. It was a fun and extremely successful day and a great opportunity for Aucklanders to get out of the city, to see this stunning park and give back to their environment.
The Atiu Creek Restoration Project
Atiu Creek was officially opened to the public as a regional park in April 2008. The park has extensive harbour frontage with large tracts of native forest supporting a range of flora and fauna. In addition to 450ha of rolling grassed land, the park contains a number of significant areas of kanuka, totara, kauri and mature pohutakawa forest and wetlands in the gullies. The park also provides habitat for the nationally threatened New Zealand dabchick and brown teal. CVNZ has a full time presence at Atiu Creek and is committed to restoring the biodiversity of this stunning park with The Atiu Creek Restoration Project. This project aims to restore the environmental health and biodiversity value of Atiu Creek Regional Park and it’s surrounding areas.
To date, CVNZ and our volunteers have:
- planted tens of thousands of trees
- built and on site nursery and propogated thousands of young native trees from seeds collected within the park
- removed vast areas of invasive environmental pest plants such as woolly nightshade and Tasmanian blackwood
- mulched, fertilised and weeded to ensure the survival of new plants
- built walking tracks and fences throughout the park to protect forest areas and waterways
We wish to engage the local community to take ownership of this project and help to restore this natural habitat for native species and create a space suitable for the reintroduction of threatened species such as the brown kiwi.
Would you like to find out a little more about our upcoming projects or come join the team to volunteer for one or more days. For more information or to get involved please call 0800 56 76 86 or email [email protected]. We’d love to have your help.