One of the major objectives of Kaipatiki Project’s restoration activities at Hobsonville Point is to replace the roar of vintage aeroplane engines with the beating of feathered wings and the calls of native birds.
This winter volunteers at the Engine Bay nursery, a growing number of whom are Point residents, have joined forces with local families, other new residents, community and corporate groups to plant a massive 4,000 new native plants along the coastal walkway between the nursery (on Bomb Point Drive, along from Hobsonville Point Primary School) and the Landing.
Behind the satisfaction of a good day’s perspiration planting trees lies a serious conservation purpose, as Kaipatiki Project’s Restoration Manager Derek Craig explains, “This area is one of the most important native forest remnants in Auckland. The Hobsonville Point coastal forest is the central stepping stone of native bush blocks that link Tiritiri Matangi in the north to Ark in the Park in the west. Together these blocks form the North-West Wildlife Link that brings together the work of DoC, Auckland Council and community groups from across Auckland.
The increased habitat and shelter we are creating through our restoration work allows native birds to move across Auckland safely as they take flight from the wildlife sanctuaries in the Hauraki Gulf looking for food and new places to live. With the increasing housing development going on in Hobsonville and Whenuapai this precious coastal forest is even more important for the long-term well-being of Auckland’s local native fauna.”
Kaipatiki Project would like to thank the following for their planting help this winter: Engine Bay nursery volunteers & members of the community, Hobsonville Land Company, Ngati Whatua o Orakei, Philippa Edgar from Harcourts Cooper & Co, Chinese Conservation Education Trust, AV Jennings, Jalcon Homes, Panuku, Ockham Residential and BNZ.