Orua and Wattle Bay Coastal Area Set to Return to Crimson

The crimson flowers from 100 pohutukawa, supplied by the Project Crimson Trust, will soon be a welcome sight to visitors and members of the Orua Bay and Wattle Bay community on the Awhitu peninsula, replacing non-native pine trees, pampas grass, weeds and acacia.

Over the past year the Orua Bay and Wattle Bay Residents and Rate Payers Association have worked hard to beautify the cliffs along the coastline, removing the pine trees and weeds and restoring the indigenous costal pohutukawa.  It is the start of a three year project.
“We’re delighted at the support from the Project Crimson Trust in helping us regenerate the coastal pohutukawa forest that used to grow on the cliffs,” says Maggie Bayfield, an Orua Bay rate payer and keen volunteer. 
 “The cliffs were really unsightly with scruffy pine, acacia and various weeds.  We hope the native pohutukawa will also help provide greater stability to the cliffs too.”
 Mrs Bayfield, an ecologist, said her husband’s family have been holidaying in the area for 40 years and have watched the gradual decline of the native coastal ‘Christmas tree’ over time.  The community banded together and applied for support during the 2010 Project Crimson Trust funding round for help with their beautification and regeneration project.
“Project Crimson works hard to promote the restoration and regeneration of pohutukawa and rata throughout New Zealand.  We are always delighted to help motivated committed groups like the Orua Bay and Wattle Bay Residents and Rate Payers Association who’ve identified an issue we could assist with and with community assistance, are taking the crimson back to the coastline,” says Bridget Abernethy, Project Crimson’s Chief Executive.  
 The Orua Bay and Wattle Bay Residents and Rate Payers Association project would not have been possible without the generous support of The Project Crimson Trust, the Biodiversity Condition Fund (who provided a grant to have the pine trees felled) and the Auckland Regional Council who provided 400 manuka plants.