Successful Wharemauku Planting

It’s a really good day, and makes a change from being in the office! Mike from Transpower.

 Enhancing the Kapiti Environment

By Roger Childs with photos by Ian Linning

Wharemauku plantingThere are more than 20 Kapiti conservation organisations which regularly work away on environmental improvement from North Otaki Beach to Pukerua Bay. Ten of thousands of flaxes, shrubs and trees are planted every year on the Kapiti Coast by volunteers, council staff and company employees. KCDC is actively involved in the process and recently planted 4500 along the western banks of the new playing fields south of the Waikanae River. Last Tuesday, Transpower staff participated in a planting morning near the Paraparaumu Library, assisted by Council workers and Friends of the Wharemauku Stream.

The Wharemauku Stream

The stream is an important drainage feature of the Paraparaumu – Raumati Beach area.  It
~ rises in the hills behind Paraparaumu
~ winds through the Kaitawa Reserve
~ flows under Coastlands
~ reaches the sea at Raumati Beach.

It is usually a quiet waterway, but can wash over its banks west of Coastlands. Back in 1976 there was a major flood in Raumati Beach after persistent heavy rain. Timber from Paraparaumu Timber and Hardware created a temporary dam and water flooded into farmland and number of Raumati Streets. In Kiwi Road the water rose to over a metre at the northern end.

Since that time, improved drainage, regular dredging and the creation of stopbanks have prevented  further flooding downstream.

A cooperative planting effort

Transpower workerTranspower is funding the planting of 2,600 plants this year to restore the riparian margins of these tributaries. Rob Cross, KCDC Biodiversity Officer

Two tributaries run in to the Wharemauku Stream near the Library. This was the scene of last Tuesday morning’s activity. The weather was perfect following the earlier frost and about 30 people were involved in bedding in over 800 plants, under the watchful eye of Rob Cross.

Transpower provided most of the labour in what is an on-going commitment to improving the Kapiti environment. According to Rob: this is part of Transpower’s Greenline partnership with Council that has helped fund (the)Wharemauku wetland project and extensive planting on the Waikanae River corridor.

Council staff and members of the Wharemauku conservation group also assisted in the planting along two banks on the land between the Community Centre and the Library.

Diane AThe Friends of the Wharemauku Stream

The Friends have been mainly involved in developing the Wetlands site along the track that runs west off Rimu Road opposite cityfitness. Lyall Perris coordinates activities and KCDC Councillor Diane Ammundsen (left), is an enthusiastic member.

With last Tuesday’s effort and further Transpower planting on the south bank of the wetland, the group needs more volunteers.

The Friends have a regular meeting 1.30pm, on the 3rd Sunday each month for

  • weeding
  • grubbing
  • general area maintenance.

So the commitment is only two hours a month.

If you are interested in joining the group and improving the Kapiti environment, contact Lyall Perris, 9042546, lperris@xtra.co.nz

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWharemauku plants in

 workers at Wharemauku plantingCouncil worker with plants

 

 

Rob Cross advising

Rob carrying plants