WELCOME TO THE FRIENDS OF QE REGIONAL PARK KAPITI TRUST

Our vision: Queen Elizabeth Park as a sand-country landscape
with natural, historic and cultural features that all can enjoy.

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COMING EVENTS

         

 * OUR MONTHLY TRUSTEE      MEETINGS AT RAMAROA, THIRD MONDAY EVENING OF EVERY MONTH / 6.30pm to 8.30pm

      

Our monthly trustee meetings are held on the third Monday evening of every month apart from January, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the park's visitor centre Ramaroa, just inside the Mackays crossing entrance. The meetings are open to the public as observers but any interested party is able to speak at the beginning of the meeting at request. Please email the Friends if interested.

Our 11 trustees will be focusing this year again on our campaign to encourage the council to rewet up to 200ha of the park's peat wetlands. 

 

 * RESTORATION GROUP
  EVERY WEDS MORNING| 9AM

 

The volunteer Restoration Group meets at the park nursery on the right just past the Kapiti Stables inside the Mackays Crossing entrance. Supported fully by GWRC, volunteers raise seedlings and help plant out key areas that have been retired from farming.

 

Please contact Friends deputy chair Peter Brooking at qepfriends@gmail.com for more information.

  

We are a voluntary trust made up of members of the Kapiti Coast community. We recognise the 638ha park as an irreplaceable public recreation reserve and honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi, together with links to those with mana whenua and kaitiakitanga.

 

We aim to collaborate with the owner (Department of Conservation) and manager (Greater Wellington Regional Council) to guard its resources; we cherish the ecosystem services provided by the dune, wetland and forest native plants and animals, by restoring, conserving and, where possible, enlarging them. We:

 

• reduce weeds and pests

• encourage research

• protect historic features

• encourage low-impact recreation

• and promote peace in the park.

 

A key issue for the Friends has become facilitating the restoration of the extensive wetland system (see Projects for a link to our Raumati wetland petition), as much of the park is drained to support farming by a private licence-holder. The Wellington region now has only around 3 percent of its wetlands remaining and the park's peat wetlands, if re-wetted, have significant potential as a carbon sink.

 

Trustees meet on the third Monday evening each month and welcome new Friends. Our public AGM is held in the park's wonderful new visitor centre 'Ramaroa' in October.

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© Friends of QE Regional Park Kapiti Trust 2018