A petition to Greater Wellington Regional Council restore the Raumati wetlands in Queen Elizabeth Park is gaining momentum.
The 85ha wetlands, once part of the Kapiti Coast’s Great Swamp, comprise all of the flat land between Poplar Avenue and Waterfall Stream parallel to SH1.
Friends of Q E Park would like to see the Raumati wetlands retired from farming, the peat re-wet by stopping drainage and the area restored with wetland plants.
Queen Elizabeth Park is a publicly owned recreation reserve and managed by GWRC.
It would be a key climate-change initiative for the Kapiti Coast as drained peat lands emit significant amounts of carbon but absorb large amounts when re-wetted, making a carbon sink more efficient than forests.
This petition is timed to coincide with GWRC's review of its Parks Network Plan, with submissions due by June 29.