The Waiuku Estuary Restoration Trust (fondly known as the Mudlarks) have been clearing up the Waiuku Estuary, and are beginning to see fruits of their labour.
The Mudlarks, who meet regularly to remove mangroves from the Estuary are continuing their hard work and have seen new bird life and fish life in the estuary.
"We hear reports of greater numbers of wading and diving birds now using Tamakae Estuary, and there's evidence of more fish life," says Mudlarks secretary Tony Ogilvie, "It's heartening also to see the variety of craft, powered and otherwise, getting about."
There have also been reports of flounder fishing due to the restoration of the Estuary, an activity that has been rarely seen since the mangroves encroached on the formerly sandy estuary shores.
Due to evidence of the endangered Banded Rail in the Tamakae Estuary mangroves, the Mudlarks will not be cutting during nesting season. They have since been working in Rangiwhea Creek, and moved out to below the rest home to carry on clearing the eastern side of the Waiuku Estuary. They will be working on this area until September when nesting season arrives.
Anyone interesting in lending a helping hand, and is willing to throw on some waterproof overalls, is welcome to contact acting secretary Dave Gribble on 09 235 8867.
Caption: Bundled mangroves and the barge, looking across to Sandspit houses.