Why we created a community wetland

The Tahorakuri Wetland project saw pastoral farming land transformed into a protected area for everyone to enjoy.

Tahorakuri Wetland.

In 2017, shifting landscapes changed the status quo. Paddock conditions were evolving. Groundwater was at a five-year high, boggy zones were emerging and new areas of ponding were present. A solution was needed — one that aligned with our vision of creating healthy, sustainable environments and supporting them to thrive as nature intended. 

This marked the beginning of the Tahorakuri Wetland project, a significant ecological restoration that saw 4.7 hectares transformed into a protected area for everyone to enjoy.

Located at the head of the Waiwhakarewaumu stream, which joins the Waikato river, the area’s restoration is designed to reduce the potential for erosion, protect the water quality, and encourage native wildlife to return. 

The two-year effort began with the decision to retire the area from pastoral farming permanently. This saw the emergence of a network of ponds, providing ecosystems for fish, insects and birds to flourish. An extensive planting programme was undertaken, where a collaboration with local organisations, businesses and school saw approximately 6,500 plants and trees take root, with species specifically chosen to match the needs of landscape. 

Involved from its inception, the community can continue to enjoy the area and take pride in their contribution to its creation. A 700 metre walkway and picnic area means locals and visitors can explore the wetlands and discover the beauty of their own backyard.

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