Te Ngahere has been working closely with the Whau River Catchment Trust  and Auckland Council to restore large areas along the eastern estuary fringe of the peninsula. The estuary provides many recreational opportunities such as bird watching, kayaking, walking, cycling and fishing to name just a few. It is composed predominantly of marine sediment with the intertidal banks commonly settled by mangroves and exotic weed species.

We have worked with community groups to undertake initial surveys of the area identifying pest plant species, their distribution and abundance. Sites of interest have also been identified along the peninsula to focus on specific weeds. The most common weed species identified were:

  • Convolvulus
  • Castor oil
  • Blue morning glory
  • Moth plant
  • Brush wattle
  • Pampas
  • Periwinkle
  • Japanese honeysuckle
  • Tradescantia

The aim of this project is too restore the ecosystem to its former state providing important ecological and human needs. This area provides high quality habitats for indigenous flora and fauna, particularly water birds, including the fern bird. We have been working hard to undertake initial control removing significant amounts of invasive plants in different areas, laying down mulch and replanting with eco-sourced plants.