The project has four main foundations that run throughout all of the work that is done. Protect, Restore, Enhance and Educate.

We need to protect the Queen Charlotte Sound / Tōtaranui.

We need to restore what has been damaged.

We need to enhance the environment for future generations.

We need to educate people about why this is important.

It will take time, effort and investment to achieve and by working together we can achieve more than we can on our own.

This transformational project looks at the ecosystem as a whole (Integrated Catchment Management) and structures the work packages so they are complementary to other works and where possible coordinated to make them more cost effective. We have a number of sub projects underway so there is always something to get involved with.

This project is fully aligned with the Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Strategy an alliance of local councils, iwi and Department of Conservation. Read how.

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Artificial Reefs

An artificial reef is a manufactured underwater structure that mimics the characteristics of a natural reef, they come in all shapes and sizes.

Some like the RM Titanic are quite famous.

Fin ID Programme

Some people think that all dolphins look the same. The reality is they are all unique if you look closely.

It is possible to tell them apart using state of the art technology to compare their physical features and markings.

By knowing how many individuals there are we can monitor them more accurately.

Integrated Catchment Management Plans

Integrated catchment management recognises the importance of ecosystems and their role in supporting plant and animal life. It accounts for the complex relationships within those ecosystems such as the biodiversity and ecology of stream and river systems, light, water temperature, pH, nutrient levels, and substrate all affect the plants and animals living in the freshwater and seawater.

Native Planting

The native planting programme has been underway since 2016 focusing on the pilot site Victoria Domain.

In 2021 the programme is expanding to the area adjacent to the Tūpoupou Marine Protected Area.

Predator Control

Introduced predators kill thousands of native birds in New Zealand every day.

We want to give native birds and plants a chance to thrive.

Project Implementation

Each of the strategic goals, outcomes and associated actions are important in their own right and must be seen collectively as the pathway to restore the mauri / life force and essential quality and vitality of Queen Charlotte Sound / Tōtaranui.

It is not possible to undertake all the actions required instantly and we need to prioritise the actions in a staged implementation with associated monitoring and research needs.

Riparian Planting

Riparian planting means ‘planting the areas beside waterways’.

The plants function like a sieve, helping to filter out sediment and nutrients before they enter waterways. They can also stabilise the area helping prevent land erosion and increase the habitat for native wildlife.

Seagrass Restoration

New Zealand has only one species of seagrass which is indigenous, Zostera muelleri  / Rimurēhia. Seagrasses are a very important food source and habitat for wildlife, supporting a diverse community of organisms such as fish, octopus, shrimp, crabs, oysters, sponges etc. These in turn support the larger species such as the endangered King Shag and Hector’s Dolphin.

Tūpoupou Marine Protected Area

The Tūpoupou Marine Protected Area is a part of the integrated catchment management plan for Arapaoa (formerly Arapawa) Island.

The area offers protected for the endangered Hector’s Dolphin / Tūpoupou who the area is named after and one of the King Shag / Kawau a toru feeding grounds.

Weed Control

Weed control is a very important part of ensuring native plants have the opportunity to grow. If left uncontrolled the weeds often out compete the native plants.

The sooner the weeds are eliminated the sooner the native plants can thrive.

Wilding Pines

Wilding pines /conifers is the term used for conifers that are spreading across the landscape through windblown seeds from forestry plantations, homestead’s or shelterbelts into adjoining areas.

If left uncontrolled the problem will simply get worse over time.

Wildlife Restoration

Wildlife restoration is all about helping the native wildlife in Queen Charlotte Sound / Tōtaranui.

There are many ways we can help such as eradicating predators, regenerating native forests and translocating animals to areas where they have protection and can thrive.

The predator free islands of Queen Charlotte Sound / Tōtaranui are a critical part of the restoration programme.

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The animals and plants of Tōtaranui need your help now!