The park’s steep slopes, cloaked in rich beech-kamahi-rata forest, and its majestic semi-swamp lowland forests are home to over 30 species of birds including the locally rare New Zealand falcon, tomtit and rifleman. Lakes Kohangatera and Kohangapiri, at the harbour entrance, are nationally significant freshwater lakes with relatively intact catchments. They provide the region’s only mainland nesting site for the black shag as well as excellent habitat for native fish.
But the forest today is quieter than it once was. Predators have decimated the local habitat and pose an ongoing threat to park ecosystems. MIRO longs to see and hear native flora and fauna return to this special place.
Working in partnership with Greater Wellington Regional Council, MIRO is a voluntary organisation of people working to see the park’s vulnerable trees, birds, insects and fish flourish again.
We control predators including:
We monitor progress through
We advocate for the protection and restoration of the natural ecosystems within and adjoining East Harbour Regional Park
We propagate eco-sourced plants to assist natural forest regeneration
We are looking for members who share our passion for this magnificent forest and wetlands. You can help by: