Whitebait Connection Northland teamed up with the Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board, Takahiwai Marae, Uri/Landowners of Paki and Maki Pirihi, David Lourie to plant a second section of this awa with NZ natives from our nursery at He Kākano. The hard working crew from Barker and Associates had traveled from offices all around Aotearoa to get stuck into getting 1200 native trees into the ground as part of this mauri restoring riparian planting.
This section of the planting connects the mature native forest upstream to the īnanga spawning habitat downstream. It will provide more habitat for native freshwater fish like īnanga, banded kokopu, bullies and tuna, stabilise the stream banks and shade the small stream. During an īnanga egg search in June, Kim Jones discovered a patch of īnanga eggs in the long grass at the spawning site which is a huge success for the project and all the hard work that has happened to date.