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  1. Chris Horne, 5. December 2019, 20:39

    The only ecologically sound method of restoring the indigenous plant communities either side of the Waikanae Estuary is as follows:
    1. Intensive and sustained destruction of PEST-ANIMAL SPECIES – hedgehogs, Norway rats, ship rats, mice, stoats, ferrets, weasels, wasps, feral cats;
    2 Intensive and sustained destruction of PEST PLANTS & OTHER ECOLOGICAL WEEDS.
    This process will allow Nature to restore the area’s indigenous plant communities and ecosystems in any entirely natural way.

    Planting native species, no matter how truly “eco-sourced”, is in my opinion merely gardening, a form of community therapy which sabotages the existing ecosystem. It has no place in any reserve, let alone such a special place as a Scientific Reserve.

  2. CC, 5. December 2019, 23:13

    While appreciating your extensive knowledge, experience and expertise Chris, there is the difficulty that pests, both animal and ecological, have eliminated some endemic plant species from sites that are worthy of restoration. A contrary view to yours, is that by re-introducing displaced species with eco-sourced endemic planting, nature will cull out what the ‘terroir’ does not approve of. Unfortunately, what is easily overlooked is that non-endemic natives can be virulent pest species that need to be removed. The thriving proliferation of karaka on Mt Victoria is an example of this.

  3. glenn, 6. December 2019, 6:25

    Good on the Care Group @chris horne, At least they are doing something about it

  4. Katy, 6. December 2019, 7:33

    Kill everything but natives? That’s not natural as we are part of nature. Long live the hedgehog and all the other small mammals that have made NZ home thanks to us. Live and let live I say.

  5. Jeanuau P, 6. December 2019, 9:05

    I’d rather they planted 3,500 plants than started killing the local cats and other fauna .
    There is nothing wrong with gardening or community therapy.

  6. Barbara H, 6. December 2019, 10:58

    I like hedgehogs and oppose their extermination! I can’t understand how Chris Horne can advocate extermination of creatures that have lived here for over 100 years.

  7. CC, 6. December 2019, 14:22

    Katy – What you are saying is ‘let live and encourage the extermination of all that is endemic to NZ.’ Do you adopt the same philosophy to rodents around your house?
    Jeanuau P – 3500 plants are a drop in the bucket – there are individual volunteers in Wellington who plant up to 500 each every year, and over 100 community groups that plant many more thousands annually. Local cats and non-endemic flora and fauna species massively compromise their efforts.
    Barbara H – Since you are so enamoured with hedgehogs, feel free to obtain a zoo licence and go for it. They are one predator that NZ’s flora and fauna can well do without. During the hundred years they have been here, hedgehogs have helped consign creatures that have been here for millennia to threatened and extinct status.

  8. TrevorH, 6. December 2019, 16:22

    There is a kind of madness in the air that makes normally sane people want to kill anything deemed not to be “indigenous”. This kind of phobia sweeps through nations from time to time with savage and disastrous results, particularly when it obsesses with differences among humans. Leave the hedgehogs alone.

  9. Peter Kerr, 6. December 2019, 18:50

    Trevor, there is a “madness” in people who destroy forest and wildlife when they set foot in new territory. “This kind of phobia” (a phobia that cannot admit that native trees and plants are anything but bush) sweeps unchecked among colonists and settlers with disastrous results for the original inhabitants, human and animal.
    Sure, feel free to cuddle up to your cute little hedgehog, but give us a break from the armchair philosophy; I’m on the side of those who want to reduce the estimated 72,000 daily death toll among adult native birds, chicks and eggs. (And that figure is an estimate for native forest. All of New Zealand would see a figure of 100 million adult native birds, chicks and eggs).

  10. Brendan, 7. December 2019, 7:44

    Peter Kerr – Didn’t Moa live in Aotearoa and were extinct before Captain Cook et al turned up? You can’t blame colonists for everything.

  11. Barbara S, 7. December 2019, 9:59

    I’m tired of the continued abuse of European settlers in this country. I feel we have done an awful lot of good. People like Peter Kerr need to at least acknowledge this.

  12. Alf the Aspirational Apteryx, 7. December 2019, 18:49

    @Barbara S: I fear people like Peter are driven by ideology and cannot be reasoned with. So common these days.

  13. Helen, 7. December 2019, 22:17

    Well said Alf.