Wetlands in need of love and care
Wetlands deserve to be looked after and not used as rubbish dumps, says the organiser of a cleanup in Papakowhai.
Harbourview Rest Home and Hospital facility manager Shane Whaanga said he got a close look at the Bowler’s Wharf area near Aotea Lagoon every day.
He was part of a working bee that collected bags of rubbish, including trash and bottles, along with unwelcome plants, bushes and rotten trees.
Whaanga said the city wetlands were an important breeding ground for a variety of birds, plants, insects and fish, possibly including the native kokopu.
‘‘Keeping the area clean is an ongoing problem [because it is] close to highways and suburban roads,’’ he said. ‘‘Much of the rubbish is thrown from passing vehicles.
‘‘Once people fully realise the historical importance of the area and what a wonderful natural asset we have here, they’ll be as keen as anyone to protect and preserve it.
‘‘That means no more pollution, no more rubbish and a thriving eco-system.’’
William Bowler, who built the original Papakowhai Homestead, had a small commercial jetty used for local trade. It was damaged by the 1848 earthquake.
Mucking in: Hannah Hughes gets stuck in during the cleanup.