Upper Harbour restoration
As a member of Upper Harbour Ecology Network (UHEN), Kaipātiki Project has been active in this area for many years, including running a native plant nursery site at Hobsonville Point. Our focus is to:
- Work with the West Harbour, Hobsonville community to build a strong and sustainable local volunteer restoration group
- Establish a trapping network managed by skilled volunteers supported by experienced staff
- Hold training and milestone events, as well as build wider networks of support
- Support community groups and leaders to develop capability for leading programmes in their precincts
Kaipātiki Project has been instrumental in establishing a new community volunteer group in Hobsonville focused on restoration. We facilitated the development of Hobsonville Pesky Pests and then mentored volunteers Dorian Scott to step up as coordinator. The group has grown to 30+ members and renamed themselves as Habitat Hobsonville, to reflect their passion for restoration of the natural habitat. The group has joined the Upper Harbour Ecology Network and are now collaborating in new initiatives with Kaipātiki Project and other groups around the Upper Waitematā. Get in touch with Habitat Hobsonville.
Help save Epilobium hirtigerum, a Hobsonville Point’s coastal plant
Also known as the 'Hobsonville kakapo’, this plant is so threatened that it has a dedicated team
working to protect it, including collecting thousands of seeds. The plant has carved out a home at several sites in Hobsonville Point, and is also known as a hairy willow herb. It has tiny white flowers, seed pods packed with 100 fluffy seeds ready for dispersal and takes a liking to roadsides.
The aim is to ‘invite’ this plant into our neighbourhood and to have enough plants and seedlings so it is no longer threatened. We do it well on land set aside on parks and islands. Can we also do it well within our community landscape and backyards? Do you have a corner, a space in mind?
About Epilobium hirtigerum:
- Epilobium hirtigerum is a quirky, native, non-woody plant that was ‘nationally critically threatened’. This is one step below extinct – the same status as the kakapo.
- Unlike kakapo and kiwi who need us to keep our distance, this highly threatened plant benefits from our activities – if we don’t weed it out.
- Interestingly, it grows in disturbed situations where the ground surface is exposed, such as wetland or stream bank edges, road side banks or spare corners where people have created disturbance and left the space open.
- Semi-annual, germinating and growing for one to three years.
- Seeds are distributed by the wind to find a bare patch of soil to grow.