Farming / Forestry / Rural
Over the past six years, with the help of funding from the Waikato River Authority, Kim and Stu Muir have cleared many kilometres of the Papa and Mangati waterways, turning them from choked and dying waterways into vibrant living streams. They’ve created tidal whitebait habitat spawning ponds and planted 40,000 native trees and plants. The Muirs are now working on a project that is continuing to plant a hillside adjacent to a whitebait spawning habitat restoration project. They are reintroducing Miro, Matai, and Rimu which were once endemic to the area but are now all but gone. They hope that this will become a seed source for the entire district and these trees will be planted amongst numerous native species that are already established.