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NZ Landcare Trust: Campaign Focus Northland

NZ Landcare Trust: Campaign Focus Northland

A series of events will be delivered around the country as part of a weekend-of-action linked to the Communities for Clean Water campaign. In the first of a series of articles, we take a brief look at what's planned for Northland.

NZ Landcare Trust supports a number of community based initiatives around the region, many of which have strong ties with waterways. When weighing up possible ideas for a campaign event the Trust's Northland Regional Coordinator Jon Hampson decided that a practical session would be ideal. "We want to offer people the chance to experience some of the simple techniques we can use to understand the health of our waterways and an in-stream workshop is a great way to do this," says Jon.

The 'Whitebait Connection' team will be on hand with nets and traps, and will share their stream monitoring techniques, demonstrating how anyone can take an active interest in NZ's freshwater biodiversity. Members of Otamatea HarbourCare Society will also attend to talk about the work they’ve been carrying out. The group believe riparian planting will make a positive contribution to water quality in the Kaipara Harbour and therefore improve habitat for native plants and animals, while also making the harbour safer for recreational use.

NZ Landcare Trust has been working with Otamatea HarbourCare Society, supporting their planting activities, including providing around 1,700 native plants. Funding for the plants came from the Reconnecting Northland programme, the large landscape initiative that the Trust manages in partnership with WWF-NZ. This ambitious Northland-wide ecological restoration programme is the first of its kind in New Zealand, and aims to restore a range of natural processes and ecosystems across the whole region.

The workshop will take place on Sunday 19th October at Te Pahi Stream off Griffin Rd, Maungaturoto, bring your gumboots! Details of the Northland in-stream workshop as well as other events taking place around the country are available on the campaign website - www.cleanwaternz.org.nz
Please note places will be limited so register early to secure a place.

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