Helpers wanted to re­move man­groves

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The call has been made for lo­cals to help with man­groves.

Whanga­mata Habour­care spokesman Ian Feasey has put the call out to res­i­dents and prop­erty own­ers of Whanga­mata to help man­age the on­go­ing seedling growth.

“If left unchecked the es­tu­ary and har­bour will quickly fill up with man­groves that trap the silt that en­ters the har­bour through the ad­join­ing rivers and trib­u­taries. This sit­u­a­tion is ex­ac­er­bated by the likes of the re­cent storm events we have had.”

Such pro­lif­er­a­tion of man­grove growth would mean, less har­bour sea floor for the growth of sea life that pro­vides food for our fish and birds. A har­bour free of man­groves also means less free area for kayak and dingy sailing. Less wa­ter flow­ing through the har­bour en­trance re­stricts the type of sea craft that could use Whanga­mata har­bour.

Help is sought for peo­ple to as­sist with re­moval the Man­grove seedlings start­ing this Satur­day, July 14 start­ing at 1pm, from the Aileen Place Re­serve, sit­u­ated at the north­ern end of Aileen Place, that is off Al­lan Drive, near the top of the har­bour, weather per­mit­ting.

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Lo­cals are be­ing asked to help get rid of man­groves.

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