Wet­lands in need of love and care

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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.

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