A website that promotes understanding of the uniqueness of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area has been launched.
It provides details on how to care for the unique environment the Ranges provides, with handy tips on kauri care, how to remove invasive weeds and pest control.
It also has tips on how to attract native birds and how to be a responsible pet owner in the ranges.
It compliments a new booklet that is sent out to all new residents in the area, with both projects funded by Waitākere Ranges Local Board.
Pest Free Waitākere Ranges Co-chairs, Pamela Gill and Peter Hosking, say that the project is an important tool to help maintain and care for the ranges.
“Often when people move into the ranges, they have come from more urban areas and won’t be used to, or even aware of, some of the impacts human behavior can have on the environment,” says Pam.
“We feel that those of us who have the privilege of living in this unique environment also have a responsibility to look after it.
“By taking a few simple steps, new residents can play an important role in caring for our native forest, rivers, coastline and wildlife,” she says.
The website also provides information about Te Kawerau ā Maki, the ongoing rahui in the area, and an overview of the many activities and things to do.
“This website and booklet are really important tools to help people understand just how special the ranges are,” says Peter.
“It’s an initiative that we are really hoping makes a difference in efforts to protect and enhance the environment, and we are grateful to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board who have supported us all the way with this project.”
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