Canterbury Plantout tour – Sunday 7th April
Want to hear about current restoration projects, what worked, what didnt, whats the point?
Why not join us on Sunday 7th April on a tour of some of the 2012 Canterbury Plantout sites. Owners will be there to talk about their site and answer your questions along with local ecologists focussing on birds, invertebrates and native plants.
Free BBQ lunch at the end of the tour but you must RSVP. A copy of the invitation can be found at http://www.kakariki.org.nz/home/attachment/invite_info/ and for maps go to http://www.kakariki.org.nz/home/attachment/invite_maps/
If you would like more information or to RSVP email email@example.com
What is TAK about?
The amount of remaining native vegetation in Canterbury is one of the lowest in New Zealand. Less than 1% of the original vegetation remains and the majority of the region is classified as either ‘acutely threatened’ and ‘at risk’ or ‘critically under-protected’ (Walker, et al., 2006). In the Selwyn District the situation is even more critical where less than 0.5% of the native vegetation remains (Meurk, pers. comm.).
The Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway Canterbury Trust was established in 2006 to promote native plants and native plant communities on the Canterbury Plains. TAK is a community initiative that meets the needs of a growing number of people wishing to make use of native plants – for all reasons. The name was inspired by the native Kākāriki – the endangered yellow-crowned and orange-fronted green parakeets. Te Ara means pathway and Kākāriki also means green.
Kākāriki, the Yellow-crowned (Cyanoramphus auriceps) and Orange-fronted Parakeet (C. malherbi) are an icon species and inspiration for Te Ara Kākāriki, rather than the focus of our concept. It is the long term vision of the project to see the return of these species to the Plains area. Historic records suggest that in the later years of the 1800s, when beech tree seed was bountiful during mast seeding years, the parakeets would have a breeding boom and disperse from upland valley forest onto the Canterbury Plains.
A major objective of the Trust is to encourage and provide assistance to both public and private landowners in the protection of existing indigenous vegetation and in the establishment of new areas of biodiversity plantings, otherwise known as “Greendots”.
We are always looking for financial support, interested landowners, and volunteers to get involved with the work of the Trust to build on the progress being made across the Canterbury plains. For more information on TAK, see the TAK brochure.