Many landowners are working to restore and protect the wetlands on their land. Greater Wellington helps landowners with this important work through offering expert advice on wetland restoration, and subsidising the costs in some cases.
Benefits of wetland restoration
Wetlands form a critical boundary between the land and water. No matter what shape or size, they contribute to the water quality in our region. They are crucial for the health of our environment and ecosystems, are of significant cultural importance for Māori, and provide important habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals.
Support available to help restore wetlands
If you have a wetland on your property, we offer support to help keep it healthy, and restore it.
What the funding can cover
Our Wetland Programme can provide funding and support to protect wetlands. This can include:
- Fencing to exclude stock: Fencing is an effective way to prevent stock from entering wetlands thereby preventing contamination and water quality issues, as well as protecting stock from becoming bogged down.
- Pest plant control: Pest plants can be just as threatening as pest animals. Some species can grow quickly in wetlands, competing against native species for light, nutrients and space.
- Planting - There are many types of native species that can be planted in wetlands. These plants can act as a filter, reducing the amount of nutrients and bacteria entering the water in surface runoff as well as providing important habitat and cover preventing the reinvasion of pest plants. It’s important you get the right plants for your wetland type and environmental conditions.
- Advice - Our team can provide advice on the right indigenous species to plant in your area and wetland type. We can also offer support to identify species that are unsuitable for your wetland type and area, and are considered pest plants.
You might need resource consent to plant or remove certain species. For more information get in touch.
- Pest animal control - A range of introduced species have become established in some wetlands, and pose a threat to the native plants and animals present by preying on native animals and eggs and damaging trees.
Protecting waterways on farms
Watch David Blackwood talk about protecting the waterway on his farm, with our advice and financial support.
Watch Michael Birch’s story of protecting the waterway on his farm, and how he made use of advice and financial support from Greater Wellington
How to apply
Our programme has criteria to help us focus our funding in places that have the biggest need support. To find out if you're eligible fill out the below form and a member of our Land Management team will be in touch.
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