Group explores green corridor
Thirty-five people explored the proposed new green corridor between Porirua, Wellington and Lower Hutt cities recently.
The group reached the top of the Belmont Hills by a steep walk up the Cannons Creek valley headwaters and from the Korokoro valley, on February 19.
Four conservation organisations want to see the Korokoro bush joined to the Cannons Creek bush by fencing off the streams between and planting native trees, to reduce erosion and the sedimentation in Porirua and Wellington harbours, says Friends of Maara Roa spokeswoman Sylvia Jenkin.
The views from the saddle between Korokoro and Cannons Creek show the extensive linkage possible if Greater Wellington Regional Council prioritises the work with the help of community and groups such as Forest & Bird, she says.
It was the consensus of those who undertook the walk that stream protection by planting needed to begin now if the impact of the Transmission Gully Motorway is to be tempered.
Trekking: Walk leader Peter Hunt, centre, from Wellington Forest & Bird, with Wellington City councillor Helene Ritchie, left, and Belmont Park ranger Jeremy Paterson on the return to Takapu Road park entrance.
Vital vista: View down the proposed bush corridor on the Wellington and Porirua side of the Belmont Hills, looking out to the Porirua Harbour and Kapiti Island. The Maara Roa restoration area is partially visible as a green patch, centre of image.