Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Project – Onoke Saltmarsh Restoration (administered by the Department of Conservation)

Project duration: 4 years
Freshwater Improvement Fund contribution:  $200,000

Earthworks to reinstate hydrological connections and restore habitat.
Historic diversion of streams and drainage affected quality and quantity of water flowing through saltmarsh on the western margin of Lake Onoke. This project will undertake earthworks to reinstate hydrological connections, restore habitat with at least 15 Ha planting and improve the Rimutaka Cycle Trail with interpretive signage to enhance the visitor experience in the area.

Porirua City Council Awarua wetland and ecological corridor

Project duration: 4 years
Freshwater Improvement Fund contribution:  $1,971,625

Developing an urban wetland in Porirua.
Improvements to the lower reaches of the Rangihuhi and Mahina Streams will be achieved through the development of a 1 Ha urban wetland to treat contaminated runoff from over 40 Ha of developed land. A wetland flood bypass pipe (with provision for fish migration) will also be constructed to improve flows from the upper catchment without causing flooding to low-lying areas following rainfall events. Landscaping (including boardwalk and viewing platform) will be installed.