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  WAIRIO WETLAND - WAIRARAPA MOANA  
 
 
 
Local legend has it that the Wairio Wetland (Wetland), located on the eastern shores of
Lake Wairarapa (Lake) was once a paradise, providing habitat for substantial numbers of
waterfowl and aquatic species. The 132 hectare Wetland was adversely affected by the
Lower Wairarapa Valley Development Scheme (LWVDS) during the 1960/70s which resulted
in large areas bordering the Lake being drained and cleared of forest and sedges.

The construction of Parera Rd which separated the Wetland from the adjacent Matthews
Lagoon & Boggy Pond wetlands cut off critical water flows. Seed from willow trees
planted in the upper reaches of tributaries of the Ruamahunga River for erosion control
also invaded the Wetland. The resultant willow infestation was subsequently felled and
bulldozed into parallel wind-rows, running east-to-west across the Wetland. In short,
the Wetland was a seriously “modified” site.
 
  WAIRIO WETLAND RESTORATION STRATEGIC PLAN 2016 – 2020  
MAP OF WAIRIO WETLANDS
MAP OF LAKE WAIRARAPA
 
The DUNZ led Wairarapa Wetland Restoration Project features in Victoria University
of Wellington’s advertising of study programmes under Ecological Restoration.[CLICK HERE]
WAIRIO NEWS
FIVE YEAR EXTENSION FOR WAIRIO WETLAND PROJECT
Resoration Day Success [Aug 2016] Nikau Foundation Grant for Wairio
Wetland Restoration Project
[April 2013]
Award for Wairio Research Student
[From Flight Magazine - October 2011]
Wetland Impresses
[From Flight Magazine - July 2011]
Enthusiasm & hard work for Restoration
[From Flight Magazine - July 2011]
Transformation taking shape at Wairio
[From Flight Magazine - July 2011]
Wetland Vegetation focus of examination
[From Flight Magazine - July 2011]
Visit to Wairio by Wairarapa Moana
Wetland Governance Group

[March 2012]
     
LINKS & INFORMATIONS
WAIRARAPA WETLAND PROJECT ORGANISATION
Replanting a Wairarapa Wetland (Radio NZ) LISTEN NOW
PATEKE SURVIVAL GUIDE (CONTRIBUTORS)
BLUE DUCK (WHIO) NEWSLETTER
THE ISSAC CONSERVATION & WILDLIFE TRUST
WETLAND CARE NEW ZEALAND
     
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