Open for everyone to enjoy, and just a boat ride from Whangarei city or a short paddle from the suburb of Onerahi, community input has transformed Matakohe-Limestone Island from degraded pasture into a regenerating forest habitat – 155,000 trees planted and counting.
Mammalian predators have been eradicated from the island, meaning this ‘new’ forest is now a safe home for a growing variety of threatened native fauna that have been re-introduced, including kiwi, banded rail, New Zealand dotterel, moko skink and forest gecko.
The island is also the site of Matakohe pa and once extensive kumara gardens, as well as the impressive ruins of one of Whangarei's earliest industrial sites - the Limestone Island cement works, founded in 1856.
Restoration efforts are coordinated by members of the community, the Friends of Matakohe–Limestone Island Society (FOMLI), in partnership with Whangarei District Council, made possible thanks to the support of numerous partners and sponsors such as Golden Bay Cement.
A helping hand from Bunnings Whangarei
Bunnings has supplied gloves, secateurs and mattocks so that volunteers, who come across to the island on the first Wednesday of each month, can do track maintenance, look after their adopt-a-spot areas, clear around new plantings and do group-attacks on some of those really weedy patches. A big thank you to Nicole at Bunnings. We will get a picture up here a bit later showing the tools in use.
ADOPT A SPOT
Adopt A Spot got underway in 2013. Would you like to have a spot of your own to look after on the island? Or make it a social occasion as well and involve friends, family or workmates. The spot can be as big or as little as you want, as long as you can go across (in our or your boat) to the island three or more times a year. We also supply tools and in winter, trees for you to plant. Want to find out more, just give Dwane a ring on 4376712 (evenings are best) or the Rangers on the island, Emma and Jono, 4360923, or click on the link below.
LIMESTONE TRIPS: Thinking of coming to the Island?
Just a quick reminder that most Sundays the good vessel the MV Waipapa leaves from the town basin in Whangarei for a harbour cruise with a stopover at the island for approximately an hour. This is a awesome way for people to visit this awesome place that usually could not normally do so with a friendly crew to boot. Check below for sailing dates and more details.