Riparian Planting

As part of the Wānaka Water Project, 24,000 native plants are being planted over five years (2018-2022) to restore riparian margins. This is led by Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust in partnership with landowners, QLDC, ORC and other stakeholders.

Riparian zones are the land beside a creek, river, lake or wetland. Planting native grasses, sedges, flaxes, shrubs and/or trees in riparian zones can improve the health of waterways by filtering nutrients before they reach the water, including nitrogen, phosphorus and bacteria such as E. coli.


Other benefits of riparian planting:

  • Enhanced ecosystem health (including habitat for insects) and increased biodiversity
  • Reduced sediment runoff and increased bank stabilisation
  • Provides shade that decreases waterway temperatures (this reduces weed growth and provides stable temperatures for aquatic organisms)
  • Potential recreational opportunities such as fishing and swimming spots

To find out more about current riparian planting projects in the region and how to get involved with Te Kākano click here.

If you would like to become a part of the community who is funding the Cardrona Kaitiaki riparian plating project through Million Metres, click here. Thanks to all of the generous donations so far. We have almost reached 2/3rds of our total goal but keep the contributions up to ensure we reach our 600m / $60,000 goal!

Huge thank you to Speight’s and Fonterra for their match funding!


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