MAUNGATAUTARI WETLAND RESTORATION

On the foothills of Maungatautari in the Horahora district, the Williams family has run a dairy farm for 100 years. 

In 2014, with the help of the Waikato River Authority, Gina Williams along with her parents Neville and Louise embarked on a restoration journey that has seen them plant over 30,000 native plants to help restore a once-thriving wetland. 
"For a long time now, farms have been 'closed gates' - closed off to the public", says Gina Williams. "A project like this is a great way for the community to connect, share, and grow. We've worked with Go Eco in Hamilton on releasing days for World Wetlands Day and had help from the local Horahora school with planting days. It's been a special learning experience for them".
Another benefit of the wetland has been the creation of a 'bird corridor' for many different native species coming down from the mountain.

"Tui and Fantail [Piwakawaka] dance around, we've seen Dabchicks and ducks too. It's just a really lovely place to be".