Weed-infested wasteland transformed into whitebait spawning area
West Coast Conservation Board members and DOC staff walk across an existing bridge near the Hokitika River, with walkways through the site being improved and extended. Photo BRENDON MCMAHON/LDR[/caption]
A Jobs for Nature project just metres from a West Coast’s town centre is transforming what has been a weed-infested wasteland alongside the town’s river.
Wadeson Island has a long history of human use and damage dating back more than 150 years of European settlement in Hokitika.
But now the mix of a recreation reserve, administered by the Westland District Council, and stewardship land administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC), is being transformed to highlight the key role it has locally as a whitebait spawning ground.
The project is also gradually restoring a piece of Hokitika’s hinterland to a more natural indigenous space, with species typical of a West Coast coastal-river wetland starting to emerge.