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The National Wetlands Lake Rotopiko

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Wetlands are a forgotten habitat and many people under-rate their importance. Over 90 percent of New Zealand’s wetlands have been drained or filled. The Trust is working towards reversing this trend.

Wetlands are of cultural and spiritual significance to Maori. They provided Maori with food (particularly wildfowl, eels and other freshwater fish), taro cultivation, harakeke (flax) for weaving and other materials for medicinal, food, building, and craft use.

Our wetlands support a greater diversity of native birds, fish, invertebrates and plants than most other habitats, yet many wetland species are threatened with extinction. Wetlands have very high recreational values, and perform vital ecosystem services such as improving water quality and reducing flood risks. They are also essential in managing climate change. Healthy peat bogs are year-round sinks of 2-5 tonnes of carbon per hectare – locking it up in their soil indefinitely.

Look through our website to find out more about wetlands and how you can visit or help restore them. Join the Trust to recieve a regular newsletter and to help us help wetlands.

New funds for pest control at Rotopiko
The Associate Minister of Conservation, Nicky Wagner, visited Rotopiko on Friday 29 August 2014 to announce the NWT’s success in securing $60,000 from the Department of Conservations Community Conservation Partnership Fund. The money will be used to set up a Catchment Care Group focussing on pest control, but maybe widening in the future to other projects. We aim to work with neighbours and agencies to control pests in 30 ha of wetland surrounding a pest-free core that the Trust is creating. Hopefully the young of native animals that breed in the safety of the pest free haven will find a safer place to move to if they leave the sanctuary.

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