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WETLAND CARE NEW ZEALAND

Our business is to harness community, business and government resources to restore
and develop lost wetland areas within New Zealand. Wetland Care members recognise
that wetlands are vital to the wellbeing of the environment, acting as huge ecological
sponges by soaking up pollutants and filtering water before it reaches streams, lakes,
rivers, aquifers and the sea.

 
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Wetland Care's initiatives focus on matters as far-reaching as groundwater replenishment,
flood control, nutrient and contaminant management and climate change - all critical
factors for the conservation of freshwater and saltwater wetlands and marshes.

We want to preserve and conserve the flora and fauna of our most endangered ecosystem
so that vibrant wetlands are our legacy to future generations.

 
  WETLAND CARE'S FUNDING

Funding to date has been sourced from DU members, Wetland Care funds and generous support
from various groups including The Nikau Foundation, The Rotary Club of South Wairarapa, Banrock
Station Wines and the Pharazyn Trust. So far approximately $10,000 to 15000 has been spent each
year on the restoration.

 
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The Wairio Wetland on the eastern shores of Lake Wairarapa has become a major focus of
Ducks Unlimited (DU). Through its restoration arm, Wetland Care NZ, it is concentrating
considerable finance and effort on this critically important ecosystem.
Restoration work
started in 2006 in accordance with a carefully managed, staged process following
the signing of a wetland restoration management agreement between DU and DOC, the custodians
of the land. Low lying areas were fenced off and bund walls constructed to assist in holding more 
shallow water. These areas were then planted out in eco-sourced varieties of sedges, flaxes, 
swamp and other specimen trees. Progress is carefully monitored, given that the site is over 200
acres. Obviously, the restoration needs to be done as efficiently and economically as possible to 
maximise returns on volunteer and financial resources.
The Greater Wellington Regional Council
(GW) is now also allocating funds from the Government’s “Fresh Start for Fresh Water” program
for the Wairarapa Moana Restoration Project, for restoration work at the Wairio Wetland.
With this new support we anticipate restoration activity will exceed $25,000 in 2013
and subsequent years. A focus of GW’s funding is to assist with getting more farm water
run-off to flow through the Wairio Wetland, thereby adding dramatically to the filtration of
the water. This will also help the restoration of the wetland by providing much needed additional 
water while allowing the natural filtration of nitrates and undesirable elements before that water
flows into Lake Wairarapa.

The Wairio Restoration Committee, chaired by DU, has enlisted the assistance of a large number of
volunteers from local organisations and schools. Victoria University of Wellington are also using the
Wetland as a research classroom with a second Masters student conducting field work for a thesis. 
A scientific bird count was recently conducted and this showed a surprising number and variety of
species in the Wetland, significantly more than were present in the drier and more sparsely 
vegetated wasteland paddock only 7 years ago.


MORE INFORMATION

- Recent Status Report on the Wairio Wetland Restoration.
[Click here to read report]

MEMBERSHIP
- Ducks Unlimited is always looking for new members. If you have an interest in
wetland restoration we would be glad to welcome you as a member!
[Click here to link to our membership page]

CONTACT 
- For all enquiries please feel free to contact Will Abel at huritini@xtra.co.nz
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