Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ), in partnership with Auckland Council and endorsement from Te Uri o Hau, are undertaking an exciting environmental restoration project at Ātiu Creek Regional Park, just 90 minutes from the city centre, on the shores of the beautiful Kaipara Harbour.
This project, named RACE (Restoring Ātiu Creek Ecology) is helping to achieve the vision of Ko te hau o te tangata, ko te hau te whenua – The vitality of the people, the essence of the land.
Ātiu Creek Regional Park lies on the eastern edge of the Kaipara Harbour, New Zealand’s largest estuary and the second largest harbour in the world. The harbour contains ecologically significant sand dune, sea grass, freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the surrounding catchment area covers 640,000 hectares across the Auckland and Northland regions.
The park itself is an 843 hectare patchwork of rolling pastures, exotic tree plantations, and majestic stands of rare and ancient native forest, wetlands and estuarine mangroves. More than a third of the park is covered by mature and regenerating native forest with large, old kauri, pūriri and pohutukawa found on the ridges and coastal reaches. Parts of the park are also home to the nationally threatened weweia (New Zealand Dabchick) and pāteke (Brown Teal).
We have been working at Ātiu Creek Regional Park for the last 13 years and thanks to generous funds from Auckland Council, Foundation North, the Ministry for Primary Industry’s Te Uru Rāku Fund, Rotary and Mayors Million Trees we have been able to implement a more focused programme there making it our Flagship Project in the North.
Through this funding we have:
We have already made amazing progress towards restoring this beautiful park, however, a lot more still needs to be done as the environmental health of the Kaipara is in serious decline. We need your support to make this project a success and restore this beautiful region.
CVNZ and Auckland Council hope for big things at this site and encourage the local community to come visit and get involved. Are you a local marae group or landowner? Get in touch with us to see how we can work together on the restoration of your site.