Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Wilderness calls on World Wetlands Day

Media Release

31 January 2013

Wilderness calls on World Wetlands Day

Wetlands are valuable places for wildlife and in Hawke’s Bay there are some interesting spots to explore on World Wetlands Day, Saturday 2 February.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has lead the restoration of a number of wetlands in recent years.

Pekapeka Wetland alongside State Highway 2 has been very popular for visitors since the interpretation centre was opened by HBRC in 2010.

This year, Pekapeka Wetland has been entered in a national landscape award by Shannon Bray, the landscape architect who designed the interpretation site, and judges will be visiting the wetland in the next month.

“Pekapeka is really flourishing and if you visit in the middle of the day and wear good polaroid sunglasses, there’s a good chance you will see lots of eels in the water,” says Steve Cave, HBRC Operations Environmental Manager.

“As each breeding season passes, we expect people visiting the wetland will enjoy closer encounters with the birdlife, because birds hatched since the construction of the boardwalks are used to having people nearby.” (see photo)

The wetland is very accessible, with a carpark off the main highway, lime sand paths and boardwalks, and seating at look out points. Interpretation signs explain aspects of the history and environmental value of this significant wetland. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has had the support of a number of community organisations in developing the wetland, including Friends of Pekapeka and Rotary, funding from Eastern and Central Community Trust, and the work of school students and environmental groups.

More wetlands are being protected for their habitat value, flood protection and healthy landscape. In the north of the region, people can take a look at the restoration of Opoutama Wetland where the local Te Mahia School has been very involved in planting native trees, weeding and clearing rubbish.

For people in the main Hawke’s Bay cities, Ahuriri Estuary in Napier is very close and has been fortunate to have had a dedicated group of volunteers caring for it for many years. A new Hawke’s Bay Trail makes it easy to cycle or walk to see birds in this wilderness area.

Although Hawke’s Bay looks like a dry landscape, it has plenty of small wetlands. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s science team is progressively compiling an inventory of the wetlands in the region.

In 2011 an inventory of the Tukituki catchment was completed and reported on as part of the State of the Environment report. HBRC identified 446 wetlands covering a land/water area of 578 hectares in this catchment. Palustrine wetlands are fed by groundwater and rain but aren’t connected with a river system, and these are the most common wetlands in the Tukituki catchment. Of the 370 of these, 151 are small farm dams and ponds.

The catchment contains 55 riverine wetlands that are directly connected to a river (such as Mangaoho Marsh), 19 lacustrine wetlands associated with lakes (including Lake Hatuma), and 2 estuarine wetlands (both at the Tukituki river mouth).

The variety of wetland types in Hawke’s Bay provides fresh and saline water habitats for fish, frogs, birds, insects and the many specialist plants that thrive with wet feet.

This year, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s science team is collating a wetland inventory for the Ngaruroro river catchment.


Note - Hawke’s Bay Regional Council recommends the National Wetland Trust of NZ website as an excellent resource with specific information about World Wetlands Day: http://www.wetlandtrust.org.nz/wwday.html

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

ALSO:

More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news