Taiao

Environmental

Mapere

The Mapere block is a highly sensitive environment both culturally and ecologically. The 20.4084 hectare reserve straddles the Wairoa stream at the coastal outlet and includes estuarine, riparian and coastal dune habitats. Kōiwi and shell middens have been unearthed in the recent past, as a result of erosion.

In September 2010, a report was produced by Laura Shaft (NRC) and Janeen Collings (DOC), titled “Restoration Guidelines for the Ahipara Recreation Reserve, Mapere Block”. The report sets out recommendations for planting and restoration of the area. Some restoration activities include the ongoing eradication of rabbits from the area, as well as fencing being installed, primarily to stop motorbikes from damaging the sand dunes.

Restoration planting goes back a few years and is purely environmental, with the main objective being to stabilise the sand dunes and the land. Planting days are organised from time to time, sometimes with the assistance of the local Ahipara School, whose students have created a ‘Circular Plots’ initiative. A group of students plants a circular plot of native plants, approximately 10 metres in diameter. They take guardianship of the plot, naming it, weeding it and generally caring for it until the plot can survive unaided. To date, six plots have been planted, incorporating approximate 275 native plants. Additional plots are being planned.