Although you could be forgiven for thinking that if you were looking on the blog before now. It’s just that I’ve been too busy doing the work to write about it!
The theme for World Wetlands Day this year is “Caring for wetlands – an answer to climate change”, so it seems quite approriate that on 2nd February I hosted the signing of a joint agency partnership between DOC, Environment Waikato and Environment Bay of Plenty to improve co-ordination and collaboration of agency and comunity efforts to protect and enhance the ‘natural capital’ of the Kaimai Mamaku catchments from mountains (Kaimai Mamaku ranges) to sea (Tauranga Harbour and Firth of Thames).
Through funding from the Ministry for the Environment, the NZ Landcare Trust will be helping us to implement the Kaimai Catchments project, it’s all very new and there will be more information to come.
For our public World Wetlands Day event, we decided not to compete with Auckland Anniversary and Waitangi weekends so we’ll be celebrating on Sunday 14th February with a family fun day at Kaituna wetland. The day will include an official opening of our new kayak trail, a guided nature walk, and other family activities.
Ranger Pete has been really busy making arrangements for the event, and some of us had to do a test run last week to make sure everything was going to be OK on the day and make sure that we have accurate information for visitors. Barb will hate me for putting this photo up, but it shows just how much fun can be had on the kayak trail.