2021 - May - Latest news!

Kia ora Whanau,

Earlier this year we posted a link to some information about wetlands on this site (https://www.te-ripo-o-hinemata-wetland.org/2021-january.php) .  

Further to that, these two posters here talk about why rohe kōreporepo/kūkūwai (wetlands) are so important locally and nationally.  Kūkūwai/wetlands are important for our rerenga rauropi (biodiversity), for our drought and flood protection and also for fighting climate change..."Wetland restoration is one of the most sustainable, cost-effective, and ecologically sound solutions to climate change" [Annabeth Cohen - Freshwater Advocate].

The work that our whānau are doing by creating and supporting these wetlands for over a quarter of a century now is essential work to ensure we have a vibrant and healthy te taiao.  

In fact, kūkūwai/wetlands are:
amazingly biodiverse natural habitats
a natural defence against flood and drought
our secret weapon in the fight against climate change
and the only home for many of our threatened native species
(ref:  www.forestandbird.org.nz)

I have personally seen matuku hūrepo (Australasian bittern) in our wetlands, and this was also confirmed in a DOC survey on our whenua.  These beautiful manu (see the attached poster/pic of a bittern) are actually classfied as 'critical' with an estimated fewer than 1,000 left in Aotearoa!  
Similarly for our mudfish, who live in our kūkūwai/wetlands, and are rarer than little spotted kiwi!  We're blessed to have these, and our work is supporting the wetlands restoration, after more than 90% of all of Aotearoa's original wetlands have been drained, degraded or destroyed!  We plan to do another planting in our wetlands later this year, and can possibly have a chance to see and/or hear a matuku hūrepo/bittern in our wetlands!

Enjoy reading these posters.

Mauri ora, nā

Here are some online resources to help if you want to create a Wetland