The Greater Wellington Regional Council says it plans to end farming and restore 128.5 hectares of peatland and dune forest at Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP).
The Council says the money will come from a Low Carbon Acceleration Fund.
A phase out of farm grazing
The plan is to phase out grazing and restore those areas to their natural state across all Queen Elizabeth Park — and all other Regional Parks.
QEP is a large, relatively flat coastal park notable for its easy walking, running and riding trails, equestrian clubs and significant community engagement in native vegetation restoration work.
This phase out and restoration will be a 10-year programme of work across the park network, and cover over 1,000 hectares.
Once developed, this plan will outline the timeline for completing the phase- out of farming at QEP.
This will identify which volunteer groups will be involved, and any plans for future pathways.
The park has a diverse range of coastal landscape and habitats and is of great significance for mana whenua who maintain strong connections with the park. Community stewardship of the park is high.
The whole park is classified as recreation reserve, owned by the Crown (DOC) and managed by Greater Wellington with parcels of Ngāti Toa Rangatira-owned land at the southern end.
The park is visited by many Kāpiti Coast residents daily and is a regional summer beach destination for others.