boggy bit within farm

Increasing wildlife habitat areas in a farming landscape

Planting – With Descriptor

About the project

Coastal habitat at Pūkorokoro-Miranda has been reduced and degraded, negatively impacting on shorebirds and estuarine and freshwater wildlife. Living Water has started a project to trial effective ways of identifying, acquiring, and restoring suitable land to increase estuarine and freshwater wildlife habitat, without adversely impacting the drainage or productivity of adjoining farms. An area around the Miranda and Pūkorokoro stream mouth was identified as the most viable site for habitat expansion.

Dion Patterson

Dion Patterson

DOC Site Lead, Waikato Peat Lakes and Pūkorokoro-Miranda


  • Improved and expanded coastal habitats
  • Increased bird and wildlife
meeting at the shorebird centre


  • 60 hectares of farmland at the Miranda and Pūkorokoro stream mouth offered for sale in 2014
  • Living Water Team and other local partners worked with farmer to develop purchase agreement and restoration approach
  • Funding from DOC’s Land Acquisition Fund (LAF) and a private partner was obtained to purchase the land
  • Sale and purchase agreement goes unconditional in October 2018 if all conditions met
  • Approximately 23 of the 60 hectares to become reserve land vested in a community-led Trust; remaining land added to the neighbouring dairy farm
  • The Living Water team and their local partners are now working through the establishment of a community-led Trust for the ongoing management of the reserve and on developing low-cost restoration approaches that other farmers along the coast can easily implement.

As Fonterra farmers, we were pretty passionate about restoring the waterways and making sure that the land was left in a better state for the next generation. As farmers, you’re kaitiaki, and it was about that nurturing and looking after the land and also tying in with the iwi philosophy and the kaupapa Māori philosophy of the people and the land are one.

Gary and Adrienne Dalton
Tim and the Daltons plannning

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