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Kaimahi for Nature - Whakaraupō

Kaimahi for Nature- Whakaraupō (Lyttelton Harbour) is a partnership between Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Living Springs and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand. The hapū oversees the project while CVNZ and Living Springs run the two field teams. Mātauranga Māori underpins the kaupapa of the project.

The whakataukī He rau ringa e oti ai (which loosely translates as Many hands make light work) perfectly sums up the kaupapa of this project.

Kaimahi for Nature Whakaraupō brings together values, knowledge, worldviews and experience to deliver ecological restoration mahi in the harbour. The project sets out to reforest and recloak the whenua in vibrant ngahere (forest) through planting, weeding, fencing and track maintenance. The field teams also run traplines and predator control measures to support the return of taonga native species to the area.

The two field crews work across three main project sites: Rāpaki 1A and 2B Māori Reserve, Taukahara Rāpaki 1C Māori Reserve and Living Springs. They also offer restoration support to a range of additional sites throughout the harbour. 

Field teams receive full training and expertise flows freely between the partners. We are all stronger when we work together and the hapū and field teams are learning a lot form one another.

The project is widely supported by other conservation groups in the harbour:

  • Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour partnership
  • Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust
  • Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust
  • Orton Bradley Park
  • Ōtamahua/ Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust
  • Summit Road Society

The ecological and cultural restoration of Whakaraupō as mahinga kai is essential to ensure healthy, abundant and sustainable life, waterways and communities. The partnership is closely aligned to the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour partnership and Catchment Plan.