The vibrant Island Bay festival is happening again in February 2018 and we plan to be a part of it.
We will have a shared stall at the festival with Tawatawa reserve and Paekawakawa reserve groups to showcase the restoration projects to the Island Bay and wider Wellington community.
We will also be hosting 2 x one-hour guided walks through the reserve on February the 18th.
Guided Track Walk - Island Bay
Do you enjoy walking in Wellington's tracks?
We have some great tracks at Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project in Island Bay. Join us for a one-hour guided walk through our network of tracks on February 18.
You will be guided through this unique landscape and hear about one of the oldest restoration projects in Wellington and what has been achieved.
Started in 1990 as an initiative of land owners Tapu te Ranga Marae, the Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project has helped reintroduced many plant species that have been absent from south Wellington for over a century.
In turn, this has helped native bird species to self-introduce to the area.
The walk will cover roughly 2km, which is 60% of the total tracks. Besides viewing the plantings (some of which are now 10m high) the walk will touch on local history and take in some views from Island Bay all the way to the distant Tararua Ranges.
Interested? Then come along! Meet at the Tapu te Ranga Marae car park, up the driveway signposted at the end of Danube St, Island Bay.
We depart at 11am sharp and 1pm sharp. A donation of a gold coin for individuals and $5 for a family would be appreciated.
A moderate level of fitness and appropriate footwear is recommended as none of the tracks are paved. We will go ahead regardless of weather.
A tree enthusiast and an ex-resident of Island Bay. Vanessa brings her digital skills to the volunteer team at Manawa Karioi - one of the oldest reforestation projects in Wellington.
With over 17 years experience volunteering with Manawa Karioi, Ross has a detailed knowledge of the project.
Paul Blaschke is an environmental consultant and part-time university lecturer. He loves living and working in Wellington’s southern suburbs, whether in the Owhiro catchment, the Town Belt near his home, or on the slopes at Manawa Karioi.
Chris and his partner and their 3 children were at the dawn planting of the first tree in 1991. He has maintained his involvement in the project ever since and gets great satisfaction now from seeing how much the trees have grown and how the associated native ecosystems have developed over those 26 years. Chris emphasises that providing tracks to enable the public to enjoy Manawa Karioi, and carbon sequestration, are both integral parts of the project.