Mangarakau Swamp

Current Events

New Track renamed

New signage from the Car Park.
New signage from the Car Park.

Just 12 months after completing a new track (see below) the name has been changed from Wattle Point to Matai Point.

 

This is in keeping with the status of the Wattle tree (Acacia melanoxylon) as a weed which is being eradicated and the recent replacement with several new plantings of our native Matai (Prumnopitys taxifolia).

 

You can read more about Matai here

https://tinyurl.com/Mataidetails-1


Golden Bay Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) 2018 Planting

Everybody is helping
Everybody is helping

 

 

On the weekend of 16th June a group of Golden Bay Conservation Kids and their parents from Forest and Bird helped to plant Matai trees at Wattle point.

 

They planted 50 young Matai trees, so we can now feel confident to call Wattle Point , Matai point.


 

 

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New Wattle Point Track

Happy to see the job completed !
Happy to see the job completed !

21st November 2017:

After John and Bron toiled away over the past 2 months preparing the new track to Wattle Point, a group of us worked together to fill it with gravel. As you can see the final result is very pleasing.

 

You can now walk down through the swampy area to the bush track along the edge of the swamp where you will hear many Fern Bird making their distinctive clicking sound and if you are lucky you will hear Bittern booming and even the sharp squeek call of a Spotless Crake.


Golden Bay Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC)

Poppy planting a Matai
Poppy planting a Matai

 

The first step in turning Wattle Point into Matai Point.




 

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Matai Tree Plantings

A Young Matai Tree on the new track
A Young Matai Tree on the new track

 

 

 

 

 

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Digging holes for planting.
Digging holes for planting.
Taking time out to feed a friendly Robin
Taking time out to feed a friendly Robin

 

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A section of the new gravel track
A section of the new gravel track

 

More photos on the Gallery page.

Click on first photo to start a slideshow.

http://mangarakauswamp.com/gallery

 

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Tree Planting

On 4th June 2017,  25 Children and 20 parents of the Golden Bay Kiwi Conservation Club planted 9 large Matai trees and 70 mixed natives at Matai Grove.

 

Ruby digging the first hole.
Ruby digging the first hole.

 

 

The weather turned cold and wet but not a grizzle was heard.

 

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Planting completed.
Planting completed.