New wetland established at Mangaone Station
THE proprietors of Mangaone Station at Whangara and students from Wainui Beach School have combined their efforts to create the Mangaone Wainui Wetland alongside State Highway 35.
A three hectare area of wetland on Mangaone Station was fenced off and the students provided the plantings.
“It was started by my grandchildren Natalie, Carlos and Cory, who encouraged their father Nick Land and myself to start fencing the area off as a wetland project,” said co-property owner Peter Reeves.
“Natalie penned a very persuasive letter to my wife Christine and I about the benefits of a project like this.
“The enthusiasm and engagement of the Wainui Beach School pupils made Nick and his wife Sophie and Christine and I very happy indeed with this project.” Mr Reeves said.
“We are short-term caretakers of the land.”
Mr Reeves said the location was ideal for access with parking behind the Mangaone woolshed, just metres off SH35.
“So it’s visible from the main road when (people are) driving past.
“Wainui Beach School pupils will be able to show their families and friends as the wetland develops, so that ties in the future generations.”
Plants for the wetland were grown from seed by the Wainui Beach School’s environment group in the school shade house.
“Already the spring fed wetland is home to existing bird and aquatic life,” Mr Reeves said.
“We plan to put in place predator control to further enhance the area.”
Teacher Nic Shand said it was so rewarding to see the Wainui Beach School shade house team enthusiastically plant over 300 native trees they had raised from seed.
“There has been a huge amount of learning involved and they will enjoy seeing all their hard work come to fruition as the trees grow.
“The school hopes to keep the partnership going next year,” Mr Shand said.
The Reeves and Land families said they were keen to see the relationship between Wainui Beach School and the wetland continue.