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Eco-corridor Restoration

Corridors promote through traffic. In our case, we are creating protection and food sources for birds, reptiles and insects. Reptiles and insects may not be very mobile so a corridor gives them more opportunities to thrive. Our eco-corridors also connect our treasure islands in the gulf to other forest remnants around Tamaki Makaurau to provide greater food and nesting opportunities for bird populations as well as joining populations for greater genetic diversity. Our seabird populations also benefit from eco-corridors as water quality improves and estuaries are cleaner with more food and shelter from predators along the edges. In our corridors we plant and mulch in winter, reduce weeds in spring and summer, release our young plantings and add diversity through enrichment plantings in later years.


Oneoneroa Eco-corridor

An Hourglass shaped area which runs from St Leonards Beach down to George Gair lookout across through Takapuna Grammar school grounds and Bayswater Intermediate School grounds and down a tiny stream to Philomel Reserve and O’Neill’s cemetery and across to Northboro reserve and the coastal fringe of Jutland reserve runs Oneoneroa/Shoal Bay Eco-corridor. Our plantings provide a habitat for wetland birds, clean the water and protect shellfish from silt. Mangrove areas sequester carbon at greater rates than any other ecosystem types as well as being nurseries for the fish in our estuaries and also in the wider Tīkapa Moana/Hauraki Gulf.

You can help -

  • by joining our volunteers for weed busters or predator control

  • by creating ‘halo’ areas of native plants in local gardens and with street trees

  • by contributing to the 5-minute bird count twice a year to track our progress

  • by keeping dogs under strict control to prevent them from chasing vulnerable birds so our estuarine species are safe - dogs and people are the main threat to them.

We encourage schools to contribute to citizen science projects like testing water quality, litter intelligence and raising awareness through signage.

Ngau-te-ringaringa Eco-corridor

Across the peninsula starting at Narrow Neck beach and including Woodall Park, Waitematā Golf course, Achilles reserve, Hanlon Park, Ngateringa Park, Wakakura/Mary Barrett Glade, an area at the end of Abbotsford terrace and coastal fringes along areas occupied by the navy and Stanley bay Bowling and Petanque Club as well as Plymouth reserve and Kawerau reserve and coastal fringe along to Bayswater Marina runs the Ngau-te-ringaringa Eco-corridor. This corridor includes some mature plantings especially at Wakakura and small areas of Achilles reserve, significant planted forest at Ngateringa park as well as newly planted areas along Seabreeze road, in the golf course (Alison Park), around the pump track, and at Plymouth Reserve. 

You can help - 

  • by volunteering for our weekly planting or weedbuster days  - enjoy the views, the shade, the birdsong and just being with others in a beautiful place.

  • by creating a ‘halo’ around these corridors by planting native trees on your property, or your verge and by keeping your property clear of pest weeds.

  • by volunteering for predator control efforts 

  • by joining our 5 minute bird counts twice a year to track progress 


Ngā Maunga Eco-Corridor

With support from the Tupuna Maunga Authority, we have developed Ngā Manu Maungauika - a bird sanctuary for Maungauika. Thanks to significant pest trapping by members of the public and our pest-free coordinator, as well as trapping on the maunga itself there is a buffer area of traps that runs down Vauxhall road through private properties. The Eco-corridor continues through the Domain and over to Takararo (now  Mt Cambria Reserve after the maunga was quarried away) and Takarunga /Mt Victoria where pest trapping is also taking place and we have a few resident kereru.

You can help - 

  • by volunteering for predator control, 

  • by keeping cats inside at night to protect native birds, 

  • by joining our volunteer days to remove pest weeds 

  • by learning about the history of the maunga and the archaeological sites on them. 

Estuary & Shorebird Kaitiaki

Shoal Bay/ Oneoneroa is a significant ecological area that is part of the Northwest Wildlink estuarine shorebird habitat for rare birds including dotterels, wrybills and kuaka. 

A small but passionate team deploys a long-running established preditor line along the estuary's edge to remove rats during the breeding season. Members of the team have been trained at Pukorokoro Miranda in aiding birds that may require help during the season. The most likely reason is spring tides that can inundate nests and always occur once during the nesting season. 

Each year in October when all the Kuaka/Godwits have arrived from Alaska and recovered from the flight we host our Welcome to the Godwits/ Haere mai ki ngā Kuaka Celebration. A fun event for all ages with special spotting scopes to view the birds. 

You can help -

  • by keeping your dogs on a leash if walking here during the breeding season, 

  • by enjoying watching the birds from a distance 

  • by noting any banded birds and band colours and reporting them as citizen science projects, 

  • by cleaning away any plastic rubbish from the beach in winter before the breeding season begins and

  • by volunteering with our predator control teams

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