Posts in Otago
Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau - Sinclair Wetlands

In the early 18th century, local chief Tukiauau and his Ngāti Mamoe iwi, pursued by Ngāi Tahu, took temporary refuge on Whakaraupuka (Ram Island) setting up their campsite (nohoaka). His name remains attached to the wetlands, while the swamp complex remained an important food basket and precious place (taonga) for later peoples.

In early farming days most of the Taieri Plains wetlands were drained and converted to farmland, leaving just two of the original lakes (Waihola and Waipori) and their adjacent swamps. Even parts of the Sinclair Wetlands were farmed. Traces of drains and fence lines are still visible, but from 1960 under the ownership of the late Horrie Sinclair farming ceased, along with pumping out of water. In 1984 he announced his intention to gift the wetlands to Ducks Unlimited New Zealand Limited. In 1986 a Queen Elizabeth II National Trust open space covenant was registered against the property titles. In 1998 the property was returned to Ngāi Tahu as part of the Ngāi Tahu Claim Settlement Act.

Our purpose is to protect and enhance the wetland system of Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau/ Sinclair Wetlands, with emphasis on restoring vegetation condition and healthy habitat, maintaining water quality, while enhancing mahinga kai, and reconnecting people back to the land via education and hands-on experience.

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Forest and Bird: Waitaki branch

We are the Waitaki (North Otago area) branch of Forest and Bird.

Since 1923 Forest & Bird has played a crucial role in preserving New Zealand’s environment and native species. We've helped establish conservation protection for a third of our country’s land mass, put an end to logging our publicly-owned native forests and helped prevent species such as the kakapo and kokako becoming extinct.

We have grown to number 80,000 members and supporters who make it possible for our staff to advocate for better legislation and policy to protect nature. Members also engage with local and regional councils to speak for nature in local and regional planning forums and educate their communities about conservation and environmental issues.

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Waitaki Community Gardens

Grow our land, grow our people, grow our future. We are a social and educational hub to share life skills across age, culture and gender. Our aim is to empower people of all ages to grow and cook their own food and build resilience. We run a range of programmes and services including courses and workshops for sustainable living skills, community garden working bees, work experience, local regeneration through our Community Natives Nursery, Te Reo Māori, community events and a variety of social enterprises.

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Janet Frame Eden Street Trust

‘I will treasure for the rest of my life an intimate encounter with heritage that began one evening along the Janet Frame Heritage Trail in Oamaru. As I read the brochure I noted that 56 Eden Street would not be included. The omission had such a power of attraction that I soon found myself standing in front of the house. I looked at its condition, its unpainted walls nested in knee-high grass. There were no lights. How could such a significant feature in the New Zealand cultural landscape be so neglected? And how could it be saved?’ ~ Bill Tramposch.

Bill and Peggy Tramposch went on to buy the house, set up a Trust, and establish funding for the restoration of the house. The property, 56 Eden Street, is now owned and administered by the Janet Frame Eden Street Trust.

The Trustees are: Chloe Searle (chair), Gordon Scott (treasurer), Alison Albiston (house and garden restorer) , Karen Ross (friends), Carol Berry (trustee) and Cara Tipping Smith (trustee).

The establishment of the Trust was undertaken with the support of Janet Frame and her sister June Gordon who assisted with the re-framing of the property and the work of the Trust.

The curator at 56 Eden Street is Lynley Caldwell who is assisted by a very able and enthusiastic band of volunteers on Sunday afternoons.

’56 Eden Street has been restored with an historian’s reverence and care, yet it does not all have the chill or distance of a museum. It feels like a family home.’ ~ Anna Smaill, writer.

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Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust

Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust is a Wanaka community-based native plant nursery that specialises in propagating plants of local origin (Upper Clutha region) and uses these plants for localised native habitat restoration. We work with local community groups, schools, organisations & businesses in the effort to promote hands-on community land care.

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