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

 


Agencies join forces to restore Kahuterawa Stream

MEDIA RELEASE

Monday, 27 May 2013

Agencies join forces to restore Kahuterawa Stream

Collaboration will be key to restoring and enhancing the lower Kahuterawa Stream, with project partners Horizons Regional Council, Massey University and the New Zealand Defence Force set to sign an 11-year restoration plan this week.

The four kilometre stream marks the boundaries of Massey University and Linton Army Camp. It has been identified as a significant area for water quality and biodiversity as it meanders through the Kahuterawa Valley before flowing into the Manawatu River.

Horizons environmental management officer Neil Mickleson says the area has been overrun by weeds and pests over the past few years, but actions set out in the 11-year plan will see it transformed into a haven for native plants, birds and fish.

“The Manawatu Plains are some of the most fertile in the Region but just 5 per cent of the original biodiversity remains.

“The lower Kahuterawa Stream has been identified as a site of significance for rare and threatened native fish including the banded kokopu, giant kokopu, short jaw kokopu, koaro and red finned bully and this project has received funding under the Manawatu River Leaders’ Accord to restore native fish habitat. The surrounding area is also home to a nationally endangered carnivorous land snail and numerous native bird species.

“It’s so important that we work together to maintain and enhance places like the Kahuterawa Stream and the first two years of this project will involve a concentrated drive to eradicate all weeds and carry out pest animal control,” he says.

Massey University Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and University Registrar Stuart Morriss says the University is very supportive of this project and its contribution to protecting and enhancing the lower Kahuterawa Stream environment.

“Not only will this restoration project help rejuvenate the stream environment, but it will also provide a living laboratory for Massey researchers and students to study freshwater ecology and fluvial geomorphology in their own back yard,” he says.

“It provides staff from our Innovative River Solutions group with a real world project that will enhance teaching programmes and contribute vital data to the initiative. It also provides excellent opportunities for research on the interactions between production agriculture and this freshwater aquatic ecosystem with the project running alongside one of the University's farms."

Mr Mickleson says boundary fences will be maintained to ensure they’re stock proof and in January next year work will get underway on a programme to plant 40,000 native plants in the area over the project’s duration.

“Funding from the Manawatu River Leaders’ Accord has enabled us to extend our work beyond the stream banks and into the stream itself where we will remove any barriers to fish migration. Native plants will also provide shade for fish while stabilising the water course and drawing native birds back into the area,” he says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Housing Plans: Labour- Abolish Auckland Urban Boundary
The Government should rule out any possibility of an urban growth boundary in Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan if it is serious about fixing the housing crisis. More>>
Greens - State House Solution
The Homes Not Cars policy allows Housing New Zealand to retain its dividend and, in addition, would refund its tax, to spend on the emergency building of around 450 new state houses. More>>

ALSO:

Houses And Taxes: Post-Cabinet, Pre-Budget Press Conference

The Prime Minister said that the pre-budget announcements showed that his Government is “investing in a growing economy”. He re-affirmed the National Government’s commitment to lowering personal tax rates but that any such change must fit with the fiscal reality of the time. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news