A Rocha in Wellington exists as 3 sub-groups, focusing efforts on the Kapiti Coast, Wellington City, and Hutt Valley. For more information about the projects and working-days contact: [email protected].
The Kapiti Coast group is focused on restoration of indigenous biodiversity, mainly on private land. Over a number of years the group has had some success in the propagation of a regionally threatened species of mistletoe (Ileostylus micranthus). Other elements of the project include baseline monitoring of plant communities using the bush vitality assessment method, and invertebrate species, and the development of habitat for Wellington tree geckos and other lizards. Part of the Group’s vision is the Kotukutuku project to enhance the corridor for birdlife between Kapiti Island, Kaitawa Reserve, Whareroa Farm and the Nga Uruora project, stretching from Paraparaumu to Paekakariki.
The group meets quarterly to learn from and encourage one another.
The City group works alongside the Friends of Owhiro Stream (FOOS) involved in the restoration of Owhiro Stream. Owhiro stream is the only unpiped stream flowing to the south coast in Wellington City. It provides important habitat for aquatic animals and the surrounding bush acts as a valuable connecting corridor between places such as Karori Wildlife Sanctuary and the town belt. The A Rocha city group joins FOOS at their working bees on the second Saturday of each month.
The Hutt Valley group, in partnership with Forest and Bird and the support of the Hutt City Council has been working since 2012 in helping to restore the Waiu Wetland in Wainuiomata. Wetlands are one of the most threatened habitats in New Zealand (over the last 200 years 90% of NZ’s wetlands have been drained/modified). The project consists of clearing invasive weeds (mainly blackberry and gorse), replanting native plants, and nurturing the naturally regenerating plants that have been covered by weeds.
Monthly working bees are held on the second Saturday of each month between 10am and 12 pm. All are welcome to come.