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Thursday June 28, 2018

Joakim’s eco-group bringing natives back to Miramar

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inbrief news Regional confidence up: Survey A net 39 percent of households in the Wellington region expect their local economy to strengthen over the coming year, according to a survey by Westpac-McDermott Miller for the June quarter. This is slightly better than the net 35 percent recorded for the March quarter and confirms that households in the capital are among the most optimistic in the country. Westpac Chief Economist Dominick Stephens cites strong inward migration, rising house prices, better job prospects in the public sector and the possibility of higher wage growth following the change of government as likely factors.

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LEFT: Joakim Liman, co-ordinator of Te Motu Kairangi with some Dianella berries. PHOTO: Supplied. ABOVE: Two weta occupy a “weta hotel” against a tree, which was established by the group. PHOTO: Sam Tattersfield By Sam Tattersfield

An “ecological restoration volunteer group” operating in Miramar Peninsula is going from strength to strength, thanks to its co-ordinator and founder Joakim Liman. Te Motu Kairangi is a group of 16 volunteers who regularly weed in the bush area of Miramar, plant natives, and trap predators. They are joined by more than 130 others who take part in group clean ups and trap setting. The name Te Motu Kairangi translates to “precious island”, referring to the fact

Miramar was an island prior to the Haowhenua earthquake, estimated to have happened around 1460AD. The group is supported by Weta Digital, so Te Motu Kairangi can buy equipment for planting, such as spades and gloves, and promotional and educational material to share around Miramar. Joakim says the name is still relevant as Te Motu Kairangi still treats the peninsula as an island, with the airport runway a good barrier from potential predators and weeds. “Islands have, for a very long time, been a very important tool for conservation.”

Te Motu Kairangi at the moment mostly works on restoring native flora, which Joakim says leads to birds such as kereru and karearea slowly returning. Its members only sourcesplant species from the Wellington region so they won’t plant pohutakawa, which isn’t native to this part of the country. Joakim hopes for the peninsula to be predator free by 2023 but says this is a tentative date, though Wellington City Council has been very supportive. Originally from Sweden, Joa k i m b ega n Te Mot u

Kairangi in 2010, roughly a year after he moved to Wellington, believing there was a need to bring back some of its missing flora and fauna. Joakim began working as native birdkeeper at Wellington Zoo in 2012. Six years later he moved to Papa Taiao Earthcare, where he teaches sustainable practices to schoolchildren through games and challenges. “Conservation, everything goes hand in hand, and we all do everything around the same core, so we pretty much want to achieve the same thing.”

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