A Vision for the Reserve - Letter to Auckland City Council,
and all Auckland residents
Our vision is to create an ecological jewel in the midst of the
- A wetland
and forest habitat that provides year round food for native birds
- A place
where residents can come and jog, walk the dog, play, reflect.
- A Reserve
where children can learn about our native plants, birds and insects.
is the best that this reserve could be?
A long term plan needs to be developed for the Reserve which takes
into account all aspects - ecological, wildlife and plants, park
users and recreation, and storm water treatment. A holistic plan
would include actions that can be worked towards as time and funding
permit over the coming years. When this plan is formulated, both
Council and external funding can be applied for and Community support
can be rallied to carry out some of the work.
The reserve covers a large area and can make a significant ecological
impact on Auckland city contribution to the environment, and provide
a unique jewel for our residents and for future generations.
It can be a habitat for wildlife and native trees and plants. It
can be part of a city wide green belt, form part of the migration
path for birds, and be a breeding area for native species which
can spread out into the city. We would like an ecological plan to
be professionally developed for the Reserve which looks holistically
at all aspects including the following:
birds can this reserve support and nurture?
habitats are required for each of these species?
birds eg pukeko, ducks, heron
Shallow wading areas
Deep diving areas
Fishes for feeding
nests for birds when reserve floods
birds eg. Wood pigeons, tuis, fantails, kaka, kakariki, bellbirds,
year food trees and plants fruits and nectar
boxes – nectar, grains?
free habitat- increased predator trapping particularly rats.
What insects can the reserve support, and what habitat is required? (e.g. What plants are required for caterpillars and nectar flowers for butterflies.)
What other species can the reserve support and what habitat is required?
- Reptiles, eg geckos, skinks
What freshwater fish could survive in the wetland (with the gambusia) and what additional habitat is required
What augmentation can be done to the existing planting areas to improve them?
- Some large trees particularly Puriri, Rata and Pohutukawa to be planted at strategic locations which are sheltered (possibly on the slopes above the wetland adjacent to the existing gum tree forest, and along the boundary with the golf course )
- Puriri ( particularly for kereru (native wood pigeon ( have fruit for 12 months of the year - one of the most desirable species for this reserve for birdlife)
- Rewarewa (nectar for 3 months of the year)
- Pigeonwood (fruit for six months of the year)
- Kotukutuku NZ fuchsia
- Northern Rata (nectar for four months of the year)
- Native broom
- Titoki ( fruit for five months)
- Hinau ( fruit for six months )
What maintenance could be carried out to existing planting to assist?
- Thinning of some trees/shrubs where they are crowding mature species (e.g. some mature Kowhai are being crowded out by Manuka).
- Artificial frost protection for young frost sensitive Puriri, and/or creation of light-wells in some current bush areas for planting of Puriri.
- Planting of Nikau and Tree ferns in light-well areas in current bush.
What pest control is required is needed?
Recreation and educational usage of the parks
- Additional seating at regular intervals and vantage points around the reserve
- Improve the visibility at the existing lookouts
- Maintain usage for walking, jogging, biking and walking dogs off leash.
- Put up educational signage to keep dogs out of the wetland zone
- Additional carparking area on Abbots Way for the increasing number of visitors to the Reserve Long term
- Boardwalk through the wetland (similar to those at Manawa wetland)
- Link up lookouts to other paths
- Paths into forest areas, seats with bird feeding boxes in forest areas (like Tiritiri Matangi)
- Provide educational signage for wildlife, wetlands, trees, plants
- Convert part of the parks office in Abbotts Way into an educational resource room
- Create city wide linkages/ green belts which allow migration of birds and others across the city.
(Starting with a forested section of reserve within the former Winstone's Quarry site)