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Estuary Care

A pine woodlot occupying land adjacent to the current site has been logged over the last 2 months and the affected land will be included in the restoration programme at the site. The additional land comprises a coastal strip, approximately 600m long and 20m wide, which rises steeply from the estuary to a height of 10-12m.

Slash and waste wood resulting from the logging operation is currently being stacked and burned in preparation for weed control and ultimately restoration planting ─ which is expected to commence in 2020.

In addition, during the last 12 months, the Sub-Group has undertaken the following activities at the site:

  • Continuation of the maintenance weed spraying programme.
  • Continuation of the pest control programme targeting rats, stoats, rabbits and possums.
  • Monitoring of re-establishment of saltmarsh within the intertidal zone, where willows and pampas have been removed, coupled with selective weed removal where required.
  • Commencement of restoration planting, the first of 3 years planting planned for the original site area.

During the next 12 months maintenance weed and pest control programmes will be maintained and restoration planting of selected areas will continue as planned. Additional waste-wood clearance will be required on the pines site, as well as removal of gorse and larger brush weeds.

Paul Stewart

There has not been organised voluntary work done in the last year but a considerable milestone has been reached.

Last year the piles of cut Mangroves were removed by BOP Regional Council Contractors as well as cutting and removing by barge Mangrove clumps within the Mangawhai inlet. This was a major undertaking. Again this last Autumn an area within the inlet on the eastern side adjacent to the rail line the last of the Mangroves were removed. I believe this completes all the consented works and within the consent time frame. The consent for removal expires in 2017. It must be gratifying to all those who have worked tirelessly over many years to see this work completed. From the Community a big Thank you.

Council staff are checking that there are no areas where seedlings are taking over. It is pleasing to note that the planned hovercraft to remove seedlings will be in use after this bird breeding season ie March 2017.

Norm Bruning

Progress Report from the Bruntwood Drive Site (March 2016- June 2016)

Works Programme Progressed

  • The routine weed spray programme along embankments of the inlet has continued. The rat and stoat control programme at the site has continued.

Removal of Mangroves

We reported at the last meeting that OEMI’s application to Bay of Plenty Regional Council to obtain a consent variation to extend the mangrove removal boundary fully into the embayment was declined.

Mangrove removal within the existing consent boundaries is now underway and should be near to completion by OEMI’s June meeting date.

Short Term Tasks (June – September 2016)

MEM is in the process of updating its restoration planting plan and programme. The aim is to progressively replant indigenous species in areas where weeds have been brought under control.

MEM is also investigating the feasibility of removing a pine woodlot planted along the embankments and headland above the estuary. A number of pines have fallen onto the seabed over the last 12 months and more are on the verge of following. As a consequence the coastal edge is rapidly eroding due to the actions of wind and tide.

Annual Report - Bruntwood Drive Sub-Group

Mangroves were cut and transported from an area of the Mangawhai estuary site, within the boundary of the consent granted to OEMI (Permit 65026). Approximately 20% of the mangroves within the site were removed.

In addition, during the last 12 months, the Bruntwood Drive Sub-Group has undertaken the following activities at its site:

  • Continuation of the maintenance weed spraying programme within the site.
  • Continuation of the pest control programme targeting rats, stoats, rabbits and possums.
  • Monitoring of re-establishment of saltmarsh within the intertidal zone, where willows and pampas have been removed, coupled with selective weed removal where required.
  • Removal of accessible pine and eucalypt logs that have fallen into the estuary and mangroves.

During the next 12 months maintenance weed and pest control programmes will be maintained and restoration planting of selected areas will commence. In addition the sub- group will support removal of a pine woodlot on the edge of the embayment that is causing erosion of the headland and sedimentation of coastal marine area.

Paul Stewart 

Progress Report from the Bruntwood Drive Site (June 2015 – March 2016)

Works Programme Progressed

The routine weed spray programme along the southern foreshore and western embankments of the inlet has continued.

The rat and stoat control programme at the site has continued.

Application for Removal of Mangroves

OEMI’s application to Bay of Plenty Regional Council to obtain a consent variation to extend the mangrove removal boundary fully into the embayment has been declined, despite approvals from all affected parties, including DoC and iwi, and positive environmental effects assessments from an independent expert.

MEM understands that Council’s reasons for declining the consent are because:

of a documented siting of an endangered species (banded rail) at the site in the early 1990’s, and; the only acceptable mitigation for removal of mangroves is establishment of an equivalent area of mangroves in the same general area.

Council’s decision and the reasons for this came as a surprise to MEM.

Short Term Tasks (March – June)

Vegetation clearance works have now been completed. Routine weed maintenance and pest control programmes continue.

Restoration Planting Programme

Areas within the intertidal zone, from which weed species have been removed, are rapidly reverting to saltmarsh, supported by release spraying and hand weeding.

Weeds control is sufficiently advanced in some areas of dry embankment (approximately 1,000m² in total) for restorative planting to commence.