A planting day was held on the south shore of Lake Omapere on Sunday 18 October. More than 20 volunteers including the Department of Conservation, Northland Regional Council, Kaikohe Rotary, the Lake Omapere Trust, Te Roopu Taiao o Utakura, Whariki, the landowners, and whanau braved strong winds to plant over 1000 harakeke/flax and 150 Ti Kouka/cabbage trees.
Volunteers plant harakeke/flax at
Planting the riparian strip will help absorb farm run-off and excess fertiliser nutrients that have played a part in the degradation and eutrophication of the lake. The restoration of native plants will create a habitat for native birds, improve the environment and beautify the area.
The 1200 hectare shallow lake lies in the heart of Nga Puhi between the Bay of Islands and the Hokianga Harbour. It is the largest fresh-water lake in Te Tai Tokerau. Things are looking up for the lake; during the 2008/9 summer there was no incidence of the toxic blue-green algal blooms, and a reduction in nitrogen levels - an indication that our community planting efforts are making a difference.
Another planting day is planned for early next year. We are always looking for people to raise native plants for the project. If you are interested please contact Remana Henwood +64 9 4057857, or