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Goal: to protect and enhance the natural environment through public and private initiatives.
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Ngārara is crossed by two streams – Waimeha to the south and Ngārara to the north. Ngārara Stream is bordered by riparian planting, run as a pilot project with the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Around twenty years ago we ensured the Kawakahia wetland was preserved in perpetuity with a QEII covenant. There are now less than 10% of New Zealand’s original wetlands remaining, many of which are in private ownership. The development of Ngārara provides an opportunity for the public to enjoy access to and be involved in the ongoing conservation of the wetland.

The protection and enhancement of the nationally significant wetlands is paramount to the development concept which recognises the ecological and hydrological sensitivity of the wetlands and surrounding landform.

A protection buffer will surround the Kawakahia Wetland, within which walkways and boardwalks are planned to provide public access and increased visitor opportunities for enjoyment. A partnership between the community, QEII Trust, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Kapiti Coast District Council will ensure comprehensive open space and ecological management, including significant flood management.

The natural water storage capacity of the wetlands will be utilised to enhance stormwater management by providing attenuation and enhancing natural water quality which will be significantly beneficial to aquatic and avian fauna in the area.

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The flora of Ngārara describes a thousand years or more of history. The ancient wetlands, the remnants of virgin native bush containing 500 year old kahikatea and pukatea, the stands of gnarled old macrocarpas and pines planted by the
first european farmers over a hundred years ago, even the grove of century old walnut trees, all have their part to play in the story and ecology of this place. We treasure them all.
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Ngārara will particularly appeal to bird lovers. Birdlife includes numerous tui, korimako (bellbirds), kereru (New Zealand pigeons), kāhu (swamp harrier), pukeko, pheasants and quail, as well as rare matuku (Australasian bittern) and mātātā (fernbirds).

Nga Manu Nature Reserve and Waikanae Estuary Reserve are both within easy walking distance. The Ngārara development will strengthen existing ecological assets by adding significant areas of reserve and habitat for native and indigenous bird life including the ‘blue-green’ corridors between Kapiti Island Wildlife Reserve, Nga Manu Nature Reserve and Hemi Matenga Scenic Reserve, as well as the Tararua Ranges beyond.