Well, this wetland, I live next door and I
was hunting down here one evening and just on dark I heard a commotion in the creek,
lot of splashing, quite loud splashing, and I went down, and I found Giant Kokopu – two
of them – and they seemed to be in some sort of spawning behavior, and just the fact
that we had Giant Kokopu down here was amazing and protection is now happening here. This
is an Auckland Council reserve, a wetland reserve.
We’re out here, planting up the wetland for the Giant Kokopu, giving them a bit of
oxygen and shade. We’re planting up a good, diverse bunch of trees and grasses.
Well, Council funding for this project has been invaluable. It’s a Council wetland
and it’s meant that we can get local trees, locally sourced trees, planted in the ground,
and we can get volunteers from Auckland to come and do it. We’re doing weed eradication,
planting, ongoing maintenance. It couldn’t happen without it. Ooh there are some good stones around, eh? Today, we have the CWS crew – the Conservation
Work Skills programme to upskill ten local people over twelve weeks, and then hopefully get
them into some jobs. I joined it through a WINZ programme,
and I love conservation – I’m all about conservation so, yeah,
that’s what got me interested. I’ve never done anything like this before,
so it’s really opened my eyes to how we can help
New Zealand’s native bird life and trees. . . and this is an awesome view. Who wouldn’t
want to be out here in the fresh air? That’s a nice little Tika Orchid, Cabbage Tree. I hope this to just be the beginning of a lot of these sorts of projects, secure the
Riperian zone, and get a lot more life back to the waterways.
I think it’s gonna look like so beautiful, I mean it really gives me a lot of joy. It’s
going to be a native forest. The Giant Kokopu like that sort of habitat, and they’re gonna