EcoMatters delivers a range of projects that help to protect our beautiful native bush.
Depending on whether you just need some quality advice or practical assistance we may be able to help.
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The Buffer Zone project
The Buffer Zone is about creating weed free buffer areas to protect our precious Waitākere Ranges Regional Park. We work in seven buffer zone hotspots around the park on approximately 200 properties. The work is highly challenging with massive weed issues and often steep terrain.
Building relationships across the communities is a very important part of our work, along with providing effective support for people. Support, in many cases, has meant controlling large areas of weeds on land directly adjacent to the park. Climbing asparagus and wild ginger are our main targets at present. Many locals had all but given up on their weeds, but our work has given a lot of them a new lease of life.
Replanting with natives (often done by the locals) is also an important part of our work. Though we still have a long way to go, the project has tremendous gains over the last 12 months. We would love to continue this work and create a weed free buffer for all of the Waitākere Ranges.
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To date it’s been awesome to have funding support from the Waitakere Ranges Local Board – but there’s still a lot more to do! If you’d like to help us continue our work on the Buffer Zone, please get in touch. There’re a number of ways you can help including making a donation to the mahi if you feel inspired!
If you’re donating to the Buffer Zone Project via our website, please include “Buffer Zone Project” in the comments section of the donation widget when you fill out your details.
Waitakere Ranges Weed Action project
EcoMatters is working with Auckland Council Biosecurity to support the residents’ of Piha, Huia & Karekare to control the environmental weed, climbing asparagus and it’s equally obnoxious cousin, bushy asparagus! This project is funded by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board to support communities living in the heartland of the Ranges surrounded by Regional Parkland.
We started with a focus on climbing asparagus given its ability to invade pristine bush. Its seeds are spread by birds and it can thrive in shady environments. It carpets the forest floor, spreading rapidly, preventing growth of native seedlings. This climbing, scrambling plant can kill others by smothering or ring-barking them. Small trees and saplings are particularly vulnerable.
To date, 56% of the properties surveyed in Piha and 49% in Huia have climbing asparagus. If you live in these areas or Karekare, please get involved in the project. Together we can make a difference.
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