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Wetland Care

Written by William Abel
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Restoration: Work underway last year at Wairio wetland Wairarapa. Restoration: Work underway last year at Wairio wetland Wairarapa. Ross Cottle

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, rivers, lakes, aquifers and the sea.

Our 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.
Funding for projects comes from the Waterfowl and Wetlands Trust established by Ducks Unlimited New Zealand Inc in 1991, as well as from membership, donations and corporate memberships.

Central to Wetland Care New Zealand’s mission is forming partnerships with people and organisations with similar aims. Money from our partnership with Banrock Station Wines has been given to wetland conservation projects done by, among others:
  • Tutukaka Landcare Coalition 
  • Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc.
  • Ducks Unlimited Operation Pateke
  • Port Charles release 2005 at Coromandel
  • Henley Trust, Masterton
  • Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington
  • Kitchener Park, Feilding
  • Manawatu Estuary Trust, Foxton
  • Mangaone Wetland, Raetihi
  • Masterton Intermediate School
  • Steyning Trust, Hawke’s Bay
  • Travis Wetland Trust, Christchurch
  • Wairo Wetland, South Wairarapa 
  • Wetland Trust New Zealand,
  • Rangiriri Waitakere Branch Forest and Bird 
  • Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust, Dunedin
  • Cape kidnappers pateke release, 2008 and 2009
  • Fiordland pateke release, 2009.
For further information, please contact: William Abel - Director, Wetland Care New Zealand, phone 06-362 6675
PO Box 281 Levin.


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