May 20, 2021
Twenty million trees part of wide-ranging Kaipara Harbour restoration project
More than 20 million trees and other natives will be planted around New Zealand’s biggest harbour in the groundbreaking $300 million Kaipara Moana Remediation project.
Alan Wilcox, a senior manager for the Kaipara Moana Remediation interim management unit, said planting the 20 million trees was the foundation of a new intergenerational approach.
The first plantings are planned this month. They will be the start of New Zealand’s biggest large-scale harbour restoration programme – across 6000sq km of land with more than 8000km of waterways.
Tame Te Rangi, chair of the governing body Kaipara Moana Remediation joint committee, said it was positive to see the community working towards improving the health of the harbour.
He said two groups had already applied to be involved in harbour improvement through riparian planting and other efforts – the Wairua River group catchment group in Northland and the Hoteo River catchment group in Auckland.
Te Rangi said he was looking forward to all landowners in the catchment – including farming and importantly, forestry – working towards improving harbour health.
The initial Kaipara riparian planting catchment work will be further boosted by millions more native trees and plants in coming years on more than 800sq km of highly erodible land.