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Kanuka Bay

This completed programme started in 2007 covering coastline public road reserves and 3 small watersheds on private land that drain into Kanuka Bay, which is the shallow embayment just east of Tapu Point/Deeming Road on the Okiato peninsula.

Manageable challenges included extending and maintaining the pest control network in the face of new invasions of possums, rats and stoats from the Russell peninsula; removing seedlings of invasive alien plants such as monkey-apple and wild ginger which are reintroduced by birds; persuading neighbours to keep domestic predators (aka pets) under control and to remove plant pest seedheads/fruit early.

Whilst ongoing challenges included large pulses of sediment, nutrients, floating rubbish and mats of alligator weed discharged into the Bay by floods in the Kawakawa River, directly opposite.