Over 1,000 native plants have been planted on the Mitchell property in Levin to protect and enhance native fish habitat under the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord.
The plants have gone in alongside streams in the Koputaroa sub-catchment, which has been identified as a regional hot-spot for native fish and a locally valued whitebait and tuna (eel) fishery.
Over 100 people were welcomed onto Poutu Marae on Sunday June 29 for the final planting in an iwi-led project to plant 1,300 natives alongside the Manawatu River.
A two-day community planting session is to take place on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th June, with the community invited to enjoy a walk along the River, listen to local history and help to plant a few native plants. All that’s required is a pair of gumboots some gloves and a spade, as lunch will be provided.
There's been a quiet transformation taking place along the river's edge in Palmerston North. As stop banks have been improved, so too has the walkway, signage and access; opening the door for cyclists, walkers and joggers to enjoy the river's beauty.