Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Wetland celebration

Some people may snarkily deride the Waitangi Park wetlands as "swamps", but most people these days are aware of the vital ecological role played by wetlands, and recognise the symbolic and aesthetic value of this stylised recreation of the former Waitangi lagoon.

Waitangi Park wetlands
It's thus fitting that as part of this Friday's World Wetlands Day, there will be a series of events at the park. These will include displays by wetland restoration groups, children's activities and guided tours of the wetlands by their designers. Real wetlandphiles can also take a trip out to Karori Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday for a teal-spotting boat trip on the reservoirs.

Hat tip: Future Ecology Designed.


At 3:18 pm, January 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking or waitangi Park, It looks like the grass is about to take another pounding, with a whole pile of shipping containers,scaffold and dirt being dumped on there this morning ( Tuesday) to be turned in ramps and jumps for the X-air, that along with the no doubt 1000's who will end up on it for 2 days solid,

I think some more regrassing may be required in those already bare patches :(

At 4:20 pm, January 30, 2007, Blogger Tom said...

Ugh, it's like they've got a deathwish for that grass! Perhaps they just need to bite the bullet and dig the whole lot up again & reseed it before next spring.

At least the wetlands themselves are looking lush and healthy, and the last time I looked they may even have got the stream water bubbling through the gabions rather than pouring out of the ugly blue pipes.

At 9:11 am, January 31, 2007, Blogger Nikolai H said...

Glad someone is reading the blog- Thanks Tom!


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