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


Partnership continues conservation for Waitakere Ranges

Media release

6 March 2014

Partnership continues conservation for Waitakere Ranges

Auckland Council and Forest & Bird today announced they will continue their partnership to deliver the ‘Ark in the Park’ conservation project at Te Wao nui o Tiriwa (Waitakere Ranges) for the next ten years.

The agreement, originally signed by the former Auckland Regional Council, is to enhance the biodiversity and ecosystems across approximately 2,100 hectares of the Waitakere River Catchment of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.

Whau Ward Councillor Ross Clow welcomes this agreement acknowledging its importance saying, “‘Ark in the Park’ allows us to work together to restore the indigenous biodiversity of the Waitakere Ranges, increase advocacy and engage Auckland communities.”

Honē McGregor, Chief Executive Officer of Forest & Bird, which co-ordinates the Ark’s volunteers, says they are “looking forward to working together with Auckland Council to help us protect Auckland’s biodiversity for future generations.”

Under the previous agreement, at-risk species were able to be reintroduced into the Waitakere Ranges – including popokatea (white head), toutouwai (robin) and kokako. The new agreement will allow further enhancements of the native biodiversity, with a vision to release more ‘at-risk’ species into the area, where and when appropriate.

To encourage the breeding of native wildlife found in this area, the agreement has extensive pest management plans in place to control rats, mice, possums, stoats and weasels.

The agreement recognises the cultural importance of the area, supporting and recognising tangata whenua involvement in the project.

The ‘Ark in the Park’ project has grown from humble beginnings starting with a small group of enthusiastic people, increasing to 600 volunteers and twice weekly volunteer sessions. The volunteers are involved in baiting, trapping, clearing, monitoring, public awareness, data entry and analysis.

To get involved in ‘Ark in the Park’ and become a volunteer visit the ark in the park website at http://www.arkinthepark.org.nz/


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news