Revamp at Rere rock slide

DIGGING IN: The Wharakopae River restoration project had a brilliant turnout with more than 40 people turn up to lend a hand at the Rere rock slide planting day. Rere School children and members of the community helped plant more than 100 plants donated by Matariki Tu Rakau. Picture by Sandy Gorringe
Wharekopae river
Wharekopae river
Wharekopae river
Wharekopae river

NEW planting along the Wharekopae River aims to attract native birds to increase biodiversity that visitors can appreciate.

The Wharekopae River restoration project ran a successful planting day this month with 170 trees including rata, totara and matai added at the Rere Rockslide.

The project is focussed on supporting local farmers to enhance, restore and revamp 30km of the river.

Sandy Gorringe from the Gisborne District Council (GDC) said they were lucky enough to secure funding from Te Uru Rakau under the Matariki Tu Rakau programme to plant native trees to recognise the service of the men and women of the New Zealand defence force.

“The main aim is to work with land owners in the catchment to help reduce E.coli levels in the Wharekopae River.

“Farms are implementing water quality monitoring and measures like riparian planting, fencing and sediment traps to reduce the levels of E.coli getting into the waterway.

“The project has received national recognition and support from the Ministry for the Environment and the freshwater improvement fund until 2022.

“Enhancements are already showing good results towards improving water quality but the project is expected to see the full effect over the long term,” she said.

Community coordinator Kerry Worsnop said more than 40 people including community members, Rere School and their playgroup children attended the planting day.

“Around 100 plants were donated by Matariki Tu Rakau to beautify the rock slide grounds and provide a fitting backdrop for such an amazing site.

“There are natives on the north side of the river but the parking area and rock slide road boundary were bare and unappealing, requiring mowing and spraying in summer.

“This example of a community initiative goes hand in hand with the efforts of local farming families who are supportive of the initiative to improve the water quality.

“It is really great to see our local school and playgroup involved in shaping the type of environment we want to enjoy in the future and we all hope the trees will attract the resident kereru and tui,” she said.

Rere School principal Katrina Dekker said it was a well organised and brilliant day for the kids to team up with the GDC.

“We have a forest school philosophy and we began with the ‘tree’s for bee’s’ initiative where we planted fruit and nut trees to provide food for our declining bee numbers.

“When the kids turned up for the planting day they were confident because they already knew how to plant a tree,” she said.

The GDC website says supporting a diverse and healthy abundance of aquatic life and consistently meeting swimming targets is a priority.

For more information go to the Wharekopae River restoration project Facebook page run by Ms Gorringe and Ms Worsnop.

NEW planting along the Wharekopae River aims to attract native birds to increase biodiversity that visitors can appreciate.

The Wharekopae River restoration project ran a successful planting day this month with 170 trees including rata, totara and matai added at the Rere Rockslide.

The project is focussed on supporting local farmers to enhance, restore and revamp 30km of the river.

Sandy Gorringe from the Gisborne District Council (GDC) said they were lucky enough to secure funding from Te Uru Rakau under the Matariki Tu Rakau programme to plant native trees to recognise the service of the men and women of the New Zealand defence force.

“The main aim is to work with land owners in the catchment to help reduce E.coli levels in the Wharekopae River.

“Farms are implementing water quality monitoring and measures like riparian planting, fencing and sediment traps to reduce the levels of E.coli getting into the waterway.

“The project has received national recognition and support from the Ministry for the Environment and the freshwater improvement fund until 2022.

“Enhancements are already showing good results towards improving water quality but the project is expected to see the full effect over the long term,” she said.

Community coordinator Kerry Worsnop said more than 40 people including community members, Rere School and their playgroup children attended the planting day.

“Around 100 plants were donated by Matariki Tu Rakau to beautify the rock slide grounds and provide a fitting backdrop for such an amazing site.

“There are natives on the north side of the river but the parking area and rock slide road boundary were bare and unappealing, requiring mowing and spraying in summer.

“This example of a community initiative goes hand in hand with the efforts of local farming families who are supportive of the initiative to improve the water quality.

“It is really great to see our local school and playgroup involved in shaping the type of environment we want to enjoy in the future and we all hope the trees will attract the resident kereru and tui,” she said.

Rere School principal Katrina Dekker said it was a well organised and brilliant day for the kids to team up with the GDC.

“We have a forest school philosophy and we began with the ‘tree’s for bee’s’ initiative where we planted fruit and nut trees to provide food for our declining bee numbers.

“When the kids turned up for the planting day they were confident because they already knew how to plant a tree,” she said.

The GDC website says supporting a diverse and healthy abundance of aquatic life and consistently meeting swimming targets is a priority.

For more information go to the Wharekopae River restoration project Facebook page run by Ms Gorringe and Ms Worsnop.

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