Te Punanga Wetland - May 2009

In the valley below Mt St Joseph, much work has been going on in these past few months. From a muddy marshy valley floor a new wetland pond and planted area has been formed.

A small core group of Sisters have been driving the project, largely initiated by Noelene Landrigan, to return this area to its natural form.   In the initial stages advice and help was received from local  botanist and ecologist Colin Ogle, and Aaron Madden of Horizons Regional Council.

Over the past few months, grants have been used to fence the bog area off from paddocks, form and rebuild tracks in, and dig out the pond.   Most recently the planting has begun, with various groups involved.  St Mary’s School pupils, and Department of Corrections men have planted up a good number of the water edge sedges and other swampy and wet soil species.

Teacher and pupils of St Mary’s School plant young ti kouka (cabbage trees) donated by a local farmer.

Friday, 5 June is both Arbor Day and World Environment Day. Eight of the National New Zealand Collection of flaxes have been obtained from Landcare Research at Lincoln in Canterbury - the varieties chosen are for particular use such as weaving.   It is hoped that these will be planted close to Arbor Day in early June .

newsmay09b.jpgNoelene shows the traditional way to plant harakeke is to ‘plant the puku (stomach) to the sun', so that the bulge on the fan faces halfway between the rising and setting sun. This protects the baby fans, which will emerge at the back of the clump, and gives them shade and moisture.

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