Central Leader : March 9th 2011
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Photos: ANNELIES ZWAAN Approaching Rangitoto Island for the first time feels as if I m about to step on to the set of Jur- assic Park. Blackened lava flows extend like creeping fingers reaching into blue water, with the looming volcano setting a daunting backdrop to this island paradise. But as the boat pulls up to Islington Bay Wharf, it s the size of the pohutukawa forest which is most striking. Rangitoto Island has the largest such forest in the world and the iconic New Zealand natives are under threat. Iamontheislandfora day to help out with a joint Auckland Zoo and Conservation Depart- ment project, aimed at managing the weed plant rhamnus alaternus, slowly overcoming the crimson-flowering trees. There s more than 600 species of plants naturalised around the Auckland area, and a lot of people don t realise they re not natives, Department Of Conser- vation ranger Steve Benham says. Rhamnus, known as evergreen buckthorn, could easily be mistaken as a harmless addition to the island scenery. As we walk across jag- ged scoria to reach the patch of bush where we will spend the day work- ing, you can see how important it is to pre- serve this island forest. Almost 85 percent of our native plants aren t found anywhere else and with the increase of foreign flora, their environment is being destroyed. Pohutukawa on Rangi- toto are also smaller than those on the main- land, and help make up the unique scenic reserve which is one of Auck- land s drawcards. Without these plants there is no habitat for animals, you ve got nothing, Auckland Zoo s urban ark co-ordinator Lyn Claridge says. DOC has been remov- ing weeds from the island since 1993 -- which costs $140,000 each year. Lyn and zoo staff come here often to help because if these trees go, so will the opportunities to return native birds and animals to their natural habitats. It s hard physical work but the sense of achieve- ment is immense. For New Zealand animals zookeeper Tan- ya Sheenan this work is poignant. If the biodiversity on the island is managed, there is potential to introduce kakapo and the ancient reptile tuatara to Rangitoto. She and fellow zoo staff push their way through the tangled mane of trees, all helping each other to identify and remove weeds. We work until it rains in the afternoon, by which point I am begin- ning to think every plant is rhamnus. A wet but enjoyable boat trip around other islands in the Hauraki Gulf to pick up DOC staff completed the day, with a dolphin siting in the harbour making this trip to Rangitoto memorable. When I get back to the office an email confirms that the combined efforts of our group of nine volunteers totalled 40.5 hours of labour, or $1560 of weed contractors time. The process of manag- ing rhamnus is a hard, ongoing slog. But the help of keen volunteers means Rangitoto is closer to remaining our own Jurassic Park -- tuatara and all.
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