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Updated 20 April 2018 1:54pm

APRIL 2018 - Riding the QEP cycleway more of a picnic than ever

Great news for people cycling and strolling Queen Elizabeth Park’s Te Ara O Whareroa cycleway and trail. Courtesy of a $14,000 donation from Kapiti Coast Rotary Pathways Trust, Greater Wellington has installed six beautiful macrocarpa park benches and a wheelchair friendly table and benches along the trail, providing shelter from the winds and yet another reason to enjoy the park. They provide lovely scenic spots for a rest or even a picnic. Greater Wellington says “ good on the combined Rotary clubs of the Kapiti coast for their far-sighted and public spirited funding, it’s really appreciated.”

“A community effort”: left to right - Marion Patchett Rotary Club of Paraparaumu, Murray Carr - treasurer of the Pathways Trust & Otaki Rotary, Deputy Mayor of Kapiti Coast District Council Janet Holborow, Greater Wellington Councillor Prue Lamason, Graham Priest Pathways Trust & Rotary Club of Paraparaumu, Greater Wellington Councillor Penny Gaylor and (seated) Richard Starke, Pathways Trust & Waikanae Rotary.

MARCH 2018 - Rabbits at Queen Elizabeth Park

We’ve had some reports of people finding dead animals at QEP. We expect the dead animals were possibly rabbits rather than hares.

Rabbits are far more common than hares in QEP. If they were rabbits, there is a possibility that they died as a result of burrow fumigation undertaken in an area of the dunes at the northern end of the park on Tuesday.

Signs informing the public of this work were put in place, and are still in place, on the walking tracks leading into the area (see map for locations). The signs include a warning of the risk to dogs; dogs could be exposed to the fumigant if they dig up a burrow soon after it is treated with the fumigant, but the chance of any ill effect is very low because the fumigant has a very strong smell that would repel a dog, and the fumigant dilutes once it’s exposed to the wider atmosphere outside the burrow. There is very little risk of any secondary poisoning from a dog scavenging a rabbit carcass.

What else do you need to know

  • If the dead animals were indeed hares then we cannot account for their demise. Hares don't live in burrows so they won't have been fumigated
  • No toxic bait has been laid (which hares will not eat anyway) and no night-shooting has been undertaken in the park by GW
  • The RHDV1 virus affects only rabbits, and is circulating in the rabbit population all the time, having recently gone through parts of the region. Pet rabbits are susceptible to this current strain and should receive regular vaccinations from vets
  •  The new strain RHDV1 K5 has not yet been released and the same vaccination will be effective for this strain too. We plan to provide more information on this
  • Our staff did go out to the park following this enquiry and were unable to locate the animals in question to determine whether they were indeed hares, or rabbits

If people do want to contact us if they see more dead animals and are still concerned please email pest.animals@gw.govt.nz

AUGUST 2016 - Kāpiti Biodiversity Project 

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in this really exciting project on the Kāpiti Coast. Check out the newsletter and make the most of the beautiful spring weather to get involved in a very worthwhile project.

Here is the latest newsletter with all the information you need.

NOV 2015 - Weed spraying in Queen Elizabeth Park – Background to the public meeting

A public meeting was held at Raumati South Memorial Hall, 7 Tennis Court Road, on 14 November 2015 between 10:00-noon at which we listened to the community's concerns, answered questions and made our officals available directly after the meeting to talk to members of the community. See responces to questions and answers under the public support documents.