The Project vision focuses on the next 30 years leading up to the 100th anniversary of the Park in 2042. Conceptually the work is divided into three phases:
During the initial five years the principle focus will be on securing the existing ecological values by establishing control of the key factors contributing to ecological decline including weeds and predators.
As the initial “Secure” work progresses, mechanisms for achieving long term stability in those factors will be put in place and the work of restoration, will commence. Much of the restoration will occur through natural processes but the Project will look for specific opportunities where interventions can enhance or accelerate those natural processes. These interventions could include the planting of key species such as rata and milk tree, and the reintroduction of birds now missing, or in low numbers in the Park such as kaka, kakariki, brown teal, mohua, robin and key seabirds. Some specific ecosystems will also be targeted for restoration such as estuaries and sand dunes.
The project’s work will continue long beyond the current target date of 2042. The ultimate success of the Project will depend on the engagement of people with the vision and potential of this work. Future proofing the Project effort involves nurturing the passion, the energy and the pride of Iwi, communities, visitors and particularly future generations in the potential of this wonderful place.