Development company, Darby Partners who are involved with the controversial Te Arai North development, are extending an invite to the community to be involved with the ongoing native vegetation programme.
“We welcome any person interested in participating,” Darby Partners spokesman, Peter Whiting says.
“The work is part of a comprehensive ecological enhancement programme… to enhance the coastal reserve at Te Arai North. So far we have been removing exotic pine trees, establishing natural habitat and vegetation cover, protecting foredunes and restoring ground-water and surface-water flows to maintain and enhance large areas of wetlands.”
In a recently released update, Darby Partners showed that to date over a million native trees and plants have been established at Te Arai with over 150,000 additional plants still to be added within the reserve.
The revegetation programme has already begun with the preparation ground work underway and the final native planting will take approximately a week to complete.
Te Arai North Limited intends holding an open day where members of the community will be given a guided tour of the ‘enhanced ecological diversity being recreated within the Te Arai dune system and the work that entails.’
“As a result of several years of work undertaken at Te Arai North, the property is transitioning from an unsustainable pine forest to an enhanced conservation, ecological and recreation area,” Whiting says. “Alongside some limited house sites, a 200 hectare coastal reserve… rid of exotic species and planted in native vegetation, is being established at Te Arai North.”
“This public reserve will protect Te Arai beach in perpetuity, along with access to it. It is adjacent to existing reserve areas at Te Arai Point and the Mangawhai Wildlife Refuge. The connecting area will be a significant environmental, ecological and recreational asset for the wider community, for generations to come.”