Collaborative Projects Contestable Fund Success Stories 2017
The 2017 funding was put to good use by a wide range of local community groups in the Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and Wairarapa Moana areas.
This group brings in people from all over the community, including the Scouts and local schools to take part in riparian planting and weed control beside the Kahotea Stream in Onepoto Park.
Alongside other groups, the Aotea Conservation Volunteers take part in riparian restoration and weed control beside the Kenepuru Stream in Bothamley Park. They’re determined to restore this patch so that everyone can enjoy it.
Through partnering with communities Growing Places Trust restore neglected land along the road and railway corridor. They organise funding, plants and equipment and enable community groups to get involved in projects they might otherwise miss.
The Asert-Tatou Trust provides opportunities for people who are struggling to find work to build horticultural expertise through Te Rito Gardens, a plant nursery in Porirua. The funding was used to grow plants at the nursery to be used for the schools programme run by Enviroschools - to create lizard gardens and rehabilitate wetlands -, and to grow some plants for the Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve.
The Friends of Maara Roa are based at Cannon’s Creek in Belmont Regional Park, and for 18 years have been working to restore biodiversity in the area. With Greater Wellington’s funding, they’re also putting in a pest animal control network of self-resetting traps.
This group has worked for 12 years restoring dunes, wetland, stream margins and the coastal escarpment in the park. Most recently they’re planting natives between the track and Te Onepoto estuary.
Pirinoa School grows plants for community groups restoring wetlands around Wairarapa Moana. Students also help plant these.
2017’s funding was used to plant nearly two thousand “eco-sourced” native plants in the Ōkorewa Lagoon. This involved drawing together a bus load of enthusiastic volunteers from Wellington as well as locals. The group puts a lot of thought into the types of plants used, and are particularly thrilled to see the Lagoon starting to “come alive” through all their hard work.
Local residents Denise and Dougal MacKenzie coordinate the group and began planting native plants back in 2010. They regularly work with local school kids weeding and mulching the plantings and putting new ones into the ground.