Hamiora Whanau Trust Wetland Restoration

The Hamiora Whanau Trust wetland is located on Tangi Murray’s farm and has an area of approximately 2 hectares. It is the outlet point of one of the major wetlands on the Island. This wetland is a unique freshwater-estuarine environment and contains a diverse range of avi-fauna, vertebrates, invertebrates including nationally threatened species. The biodiversity values of this wetland have been threatened by stock intrusion, soil erosion, nutrient run-off and by the suffocation of pest weeds, mainly willow and gorse.

In late 2006 the Trust worked with Matakana Island Environment Group to put the wetland under a Nga Whenua Rahui Nga Whenua Rahui is a Maori organisation whose role is to offer Maori landowners a way of conserving their lands while still retaining ownership and control of their whenua. They give advice and offer funding options for the conservation and restoration of privately owned Maori land. kawenata. The Hamiora whanau had for a long time, envisaged restoring their wetland back to its natural state, to ensure that the generations to come will have this precious taonga.

The Hamiora Whanau Trust Wetland has also had a boardwalk installed to allow for easy access to the little ‘island’ in the middle of the wetland for use as an educational tool for our school to monitor the wetland and also to allow easy access for our kuia and koroua.

  • Hamiora Swamp

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    Hamiora whanau swamp before fencing

    Hamiora Swamp
  • Wetland Fenced Off

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    Wetland just fenced-off from stock

    Wetland Fenced Off
  • Hamiora Planting

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    Hamiora whanau planting the first plants in the ground!!

    Hamiora Planting
  • Kids Help in Planting

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    Manaia & Cayene helping at the whanau planting day April 2007.

    Kids Help in Planting
  • Hamiora Planting one year on - 1

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    One year after planting – April 2008

    Hamiora Planting one year on - 1
  • Hamiora Planting one year on - 2

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    One year after planting – April 2008

    Hamiora Planting one year on - 2
  • Hamiora Planting one year on - 3

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    One year after planting – April 2008

    Hamiora Planting one year on - 3
  • Hamiora Planting one year on - 4

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    One year after planting – April 2008

    Hamiora Planting one year on - 4
  • Hamiora Boardwalk Construction

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    Ted & Caleb constructing the boardwalk

    Hamiora Boardwalk Construction
  • Hamiora Baordwalk test run

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    Rangiatea & Kyaria trying out the new boardwalk

    Hamiora Baordwalk test run
  • Hamiora Planting two years on - 1

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    H2 years after planting – starting to look good!! – Feb 2009

    Hamiora Planting two years on - 1
  • Hamiora Planting two years on - 2

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    2 years after planting – starting to look good!! – Feb 2009

    Hamiora Planting two years on - 2
  • Hamiora Planting two years on - 3

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    2 years after planting – starting to look good!! – Feb 2009

    Hamiora Planting two years on - 3
  • Hamiora Planting two years on - 4

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    2 years after planting – starting to look good!! – Feb 2009

    Hamiora Planting two years on - 4
  • Hamiora Planting three years on - 1

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    3 years after planting – Really looking good now!! – May 2010

    Hamiora Planting three years on - 1
  • Hamiora Planting three years on - 2

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    3 years after planting – Really looking good now!! – May 2010

    Hamiora Planting three years on - 2
  • Hamiora Planting three years on - 3

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    3 years after planting – Really looking good now!! – May 2010

    Hamiora Planting three years on - 3
  • Hamiora Planting three years on - 4

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    3 years after planting – Really looking good now!! – May 2010

    Hamiora Planting three years on - 4
  • Hamiora Planting three years on - 5

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    3 years after planting – Really looking good now!! – May 2010

    Hamiora Planting three years on - 5