Locals making conservation happen

Olivia Simpson and sons Alex (left) and Simon Morgan, both aged seven, take a break from planting.

Around 50 volunteers recently planted more than 3000 native plants on an ecologically important part of Tāwharanui Peninsula.

The Whitmore Road site had been identified as one of 15 ecologically important sites on the peninsula by a study commissioned by community conservation group Takatu LandCare (TLC).

The restoration of the site to its natural state is TLC’s first significant restoration project.

TLC spokesperson Jon Monk says conservation is a priority for many Rodney residents and he was thrilled with the turnout and volunteers’ dedication to the work.

“Volunteers make a tremendous contribution here and across New Zealand,” he says.

“Tāwharanui Peninsula has seen a flourishing of its native wildlife in the past decade and much of this success is down to the efforts of volunteers.”

The owners of the block have done extensive weed control work across their property and fenced the restoration block, Takatu LandCare volunteers prepared the site and Auckland Council funded the plants.

The next stage of the planting will be on July 16.