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Plant pests removed from Titirangi Reserve

7 May 2018

Plant pests removed from Titirangi Reserve

Titirangi Weeds

Work is nearly complete to remove plant pests from areas of Titirangi Reserve as part of the restoration project.

The project is in collaboration with Ngati Oneone. It has involved work over several years to remove weeds and exotic species from the maunga while maintaining the integrity of the archaeological site.

Last year Council received $25,000 funding from the Department of Conservation to remove plant pests including honeysuckle and mothplant from the reserve.

Mothplant and honeysuckle are invasive species included in DOC’s “War on Weeds” project, coined due to the damage they can cause to native flora.

DOC’s east coast community ranger Sandra Groves said Titirangi was a special taonga and it was pleasing to see contractors make great progress in clearing pests from the site.

“It looks amazing and will be even better when the spraying is completed in the coming weeks.”

The work will give smaller native plants that were previously trapped underneath the weeds an opportunity to grow into healthy trees.

Council's director of liveable communities Andrew White said the management of weeds such as mothplant and honeysuckle on Titirangi was a mammoth task.

“But we're confident that with partnerships like the one we share with DOC, we'll be able to chip away at getting rid of these pests – hopefully for good.”

With ongoing restoration efforts, the maunga will be an important education resource for our tamariki to learn about flora and fauna close to the city.

Council continues to work hard to meet the requirements of the new Regional Pest Management Plan.

The plan outlines the framework to effectively manage organisms invasive to our region, such as holly leaved senecio and exotic pampas.

Environmental planning and regulations committee chair Pat Seymour said the importance of Titirangi as the backdrop to our city cannot be overstated.

“The rules for managing our progressive containment plants such as holly leaved senecio illustrates good practice in terms of our Regional Pest Management Plan.

The whole community had an important part to play in controlling the weeds, she said.

“Be a good neighbour. If you have any holly leaved senecio on your property you need to keep it contained to within 50 metres of your property boundary.

Council will be carrying out a routine check of its boundaries on Titirangi and clearing any holly leaved senecio deemed to be within 50 metres of the reserve boundary.