Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project, New Zealand

Posted March 2014

Location: Punakaiki, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Organization: Conservation Volunteers New Zealand [in partnership]


April 2009:

May 2013:

The PCRP is a continuing partnership between the Department of Conservation, Rio Tinto Ltd, CVNZ and Lincoln University. The site is approx. 80 Ha of coastal land that abiuts on one side the only breeding site for the Westland Petrel. The restoration project, now in its 6th year, aims to restore the once existant sand-plain forest, providing a mountain to sea corridor and protecting the petrel breeding site. Over 120,000 eco-sourced plants have been established, many from the now well established site nursery. CVNZ are 'project managers' and have facilitated in excess of 7,000 volunteer days to achieve the on-ground outcomes. The partnership presents a very effective model of corporate community and govt. agency working together. Lincoln University are now involved -providing a range of monitoring services and research capacity -including identification of key species for tracking restoration trajectories. We currently have both an external review of the partnership, an internal project report and learnings document, and a Lincoln University report on monitoring data and outcomes.

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