Conservation Volunteers New Zealand is proud and excited to announce Beijer Ref as the newest partner of our Papakura Stream Restoration Project. Beijer Ref’s partnership on the protection of the Papakura Stream allows them to support a priority conservation project that makes a real difference to their community and environment and offers their staff opportunities to get involved in practical hands-on conservation activities. Beijer Ref support will allow us to plant at least an additional 3,000 native trees in 2022 which will be cared for in coming years. Funding also covers community events to encourage community involvement in planting, plant care, weed control and litter clean ups. Beijer Ref staff will play an extremely important role by coming out to volunteer on these projects and lending us a large source of people power, without which this project wouldn’t be possible.
Papakura Stream Restoration Project
The Papakura Stream Restoration Project is a large, multi-stakeholder, catchment wide programme that will restore and protect this important waterway and the habitat for the diverse species that call this area home. The project’s aim is to restore and protect stream banks and water quality, as well as habitat for native species. This restoration will include fencing planting native trees and shrubs, water quality monitoring, plant maintenance, and community engagement. Restoration will take place on both public land, in partnership with Manurewa, Franklin and Papakura Local Boards, and private land, in partnership with farmers and other landowners. This project will also require the support of the local community and the corporate community in the form of volunteering, sponsorship and partnerships. In 2021, the programme kicked off with the planting of 12,000 native trees and installation of 400m of fencing. Thanks to partners such as BeijerRef, this project is due to grow much larger in 2022 and beyond.