Wairarapa Moana gets $1 million
The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands project will be boosted by $1 million over the next two years from the Government’s Fresh Start for Freshwater Fund
Lake Wairarapa, Lake Onoke and their surrounding wetlands (collectively known as Wairarapa Moana) have poor water quality. This is particularly significant for lake edge wetlands which are important areas for native plants and animals.
“We are delighted with the Government’s contribution over two years,” says Wairarapa
Moana Wetlands Group Chair Fran Wilde. “We will use this money to improve water quality and eradicate pest plants to provide a better environment for wildlife in the remaining wetland areas.
“Much of this work will be with farmers – fencing and planting drains and streams to filter and remove nutrients that flow off the land. Many farmers in the area support this approach, and Dairy NZ and Ducks Unlimited are keen to work with us.”
The key players are Greater Wellington, Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, DOC, Rangitane o Wairarapa, hapu and the South Wairarapa District Council. This group is in turn advised by local farmers, conservation groups, and Fish and Game.
“We’re working with the community to enhance the ecology, recreation and cultural opportunities of Wairarapa Moana for everyone’s benefit,” says Fran Wilde.