April 02, 2019
Habitat restoration for kererū home
Auckland’s Tūpuna Maunga Authority wants to bring the kererū back to what early pakeha settlers called Pigeon Mountain.
Next week arborists will start removing more than 100 exotic trees from Ohuiarangi in Half Moon Bay before planting native shrubs and trees around the tihi or summit terraces, the quarry slopes and the wetland on its western boundary.
Existing native, scheduled and protected trees will remain.
Authority chair Paul Majurey says re-establishing indigenous flora and fauna will have important long-term ecological benefits for the maunga.
Despite half the maunga being quarried away between the 1950’s and 1970’s, some of the original pā has survived in the form of terraces and shell middens.
He says the work is about restoring the original ecology as much as possible while also giving prominence to and maintaining historic features.
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