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[6] Transformation taking shape at Wairio

    Wairio
Wetland
project
 
From the road it doesn't look like much, but once in the Wairio wetland, the scope of the
restoration effort and the rewards gradually growing, becomes obvious.

The care and plantings of the 130 hectare Wairio Wetland, on the eastern shore of Lake Wairarapa
being managed by Jim Law will require attention for some years to come.

In his report to the DUNZ AGM, Jim said the previous year (2010 - 2011), was most successful with
significant tree survival compared to previous years. This was partly due to a novel site preparation
method using a bulldozer to scrape the top few centimetres of top soil and tall fescue off the planting
area. Subsequent release spraying around recently planted trees helped survival rates.

A major programme is planned for 2011 - 2012 and includes the planting of more than 2000 sedges,
flaxes and trees at Stage 3 as part of a Victoria University School of Biodiversity and Restoration
Ecology research project. This research is being done by Masters student Bridget Johnson and
compares different planting methods and maintenance regimes.

The 2010-2011 work was financially supported by the Nikau Foundation, Rotary and the Pharazyn
Trust. DUNZ signed a management agreement in 2005 with DOC, custodians for the Crown, of the
130 hectare site. A staged approach to the restoration started that same year. The project in
now in stage 3.
 
 

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