Planting day approaches
Grab your gumboots, a spade and go along and support your local community.
Coming up on Saturday 1 July is a community planting event at Tamakae Reserve, Waiuku.
Eight hundred plants from local nurseries including Awhitu Landcare, will be re-homed along the banks of the estuary.
"Mangrove removal is all part of the consent with Auckland Council," says Barry Gibbon. "We also carry out pest control and replant shoreline rushes to encourage bird life to return, and also prevent erosion."
The improvement for local birds and other animals, not only improves their habitat, but will also improve the overall look of the area.
The planting will take place at Tamakae Reserve from 10am-2pm. Those looking to get involved should bring sturdy shoes or gumboots, a raincoat or sunscreen and a bottle of water.
"We'd appreciate people getting involved," says Mudlarks acting secretary Dave Gribble.
"The idea behind what we do is to have an estuary that is an asset to the community," says Barry Gibbon.
For more information, contact kara.goddard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz 
Caption: Barry Gibbon and Dave Gribble replant a rush at the estuary.