In a hidden valley, just a stone’s throw from the new Kapiti expressway, a lifestyle couple, Peter and Diana Kiernan, are restoring their 19-hectare block of bush for native lizards and insects.
The Kotukutuku Ecological Restoration project, on private land in Valley Road, Paraparaumu has just received its third consecutive year of funding from the Department of Conservation’s Community Fund. The newest grant of $5,000 comes on top of $19,000 across two earlier grants in 2015 and 2016.
The Department of Conservation's (DOC’s) community ranger Melody McLaughlin says they are the only community group in the Wellington area to be funded back to back for three years.
She says this is an exceptional project using highly professional techniques and showing real outcomes for biodiversity. The repeated support from DOC is fully deserved.
The Kiernans fenced the bush block nearly 30 years ago to exclude stock. The trees look lush and the understory is recovering with regional council already controlling possums, trapping for rats and hedgehogs.