In 2010, Auckland Regional Council purchased Te Muri Farm as an addition to their already outstanding Regional Parks network. Te Muri Beach is a beautiful spot overlooking Mahurangi Harbour and the 407 hectare property behind it is located just 45 minutes from downtown Auckland. Favoured by locals for its seclusion and great walking trails, it's the perfect spot to experience nature and enjoy Auckland’s great outdoors.
When Greenfleet first planted here in 2016, there was a focus on restoring the Pohutukawa-puriri-karaka broad leaved forest which is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN list. These forests were severely reduced due to settlement and clearing for agricultural purposes. The revegetation work will play a vital role in restoring and preserving the unique biodiversity of this ecosystem.
The 16 types of forests mentioned above are home to many rare and threatened plant and animal species. An ecological survey of the site recorded 438 plant species in the park. Ten of these are considered nationally or regionally threatened, such as the Marsh Fern (Thelypteris confluens). Our revegetation work will also improve water quality in the area as it flows into the Puhoi River.
Additionally, the vulnerable Northern New Zealand Dotterels (Charadrius obscurus aquilonius) and Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor) are among the many species of native wildlife which find shelter in the remnant vegetation of the area. By restoring native trees, our hope is that this project will help extend habitat to protect endangered wildlife.
Between 2016 and 2019, more than 24 hectares of the area were revegetated with native seedlings. Then, in 2020 more trees than ever before were planted when we added an additional 26,000 seedlings across another 23.5 hectares. Species used in these plantings include Pohutukawa, Karaka, Rewarewa, Cabbage Tree, Puriri, Tanekaha and Kahikatea. During the 2019 and 2020 assessments, it was found that all previously planted areas are growing well and the local council is happy with the progression of the project.
The project is also allowing us to collaborate with conservation organisations, local landholders and businesses in New Zealand to enrich biodiversity, take climate action and restore ecosystems.