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Purpose: Letting your brilliance shine through
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IMPORTANT LAND: Park ranger Andrew Crossland views the changing landscape as new channels form and the plants recede.
Extend the wildlife-rich
wetland -- researcher
By GARY MOODY
Abundant birdlife: A kingfisher
scans the wetlands.
BEXLEY WETLAND, adjac-
ent to the red-zoned Pacific
Park subdivision, has changed
dramatically since the earth-
quakes, and its fate could
depend on the future of the
ravaged suburb next door.
The wetland has a varied
history -- drained, filled, used
for dairying, growing potatoes
and grazing horses. It has
even been home to a wrecker's
In the 1990s, two-thirds of
it was put aside for new hous-
ing, with the rest -- after pub-
lic pressure -- becoming a
A new report by University
of Canterbury researcher
Blair Campbell has found the
area, fed by the sea and the
Avon River, has dropped by up
to a metre since the quakes
and the high tide now covers it
Major vegetation loss has
occurred in the wetland, most
[if not all] of which is due to
ground subsidence . . . plants
cannot tolerate the new depth,
frequency and duration of
tidal inundation,'' Mr Camp-
His report suggests moving
the stopbank around Pacific
Park, although the wetland
needs to undergo at least a
year of natural recovery
before any intervention is con-
Pacific Park is ideal for
redevelopment into the wet-
lands it once was, if the stop-
bank were moved landward by
up to 120m and the land reg-
raded into a gently sloping
shoreline that would receive a
tidal regime suitable for all its
salt marsh plant species.''
He said this was an import-
ant option for the future of the
red-zoned land, which would
greatly assist the recovery of
Christchurch City Council
park ranger Andrew Cross-
land said plants used by birds
for nesting were dying and the
habitat was changing. Letting
the sea go higher was an
option, though he was not in a
position to advocate it.
The plants needed to dis-
perse seeds to rejuvenate the
area before they died out.
Mr Crossland was among
those who battled to retain the
remnant of wetland in the
It was a great example of
high-quality wildlife habitat
right next to suburbia,'' he
It was a hub for migratory
birds such as the godwits that
come from Alaska, and birds
from around New Zealand.
The Christchurch wetlands
were the most important estu-
arine system on the east coast
of the South Island, he said.
The birds will still come, but
the local population will not
nest and breed.
Former residents of Pacific
Park, who also valued the
wetland, remain attached to
the area too.
Past secretary of the now
defunct Bexley Residents'
Association, Aileen Trist, said
it was important to remember
there was once a suburb there.
She wants to see a park, not
an inaccessible tidal reserve.
If Pacific Park was cleared,
the native and exotic trees
from the gardens should be
left as a reminder there were
people who had lived there
and loved the area.
Mrs Trist had enjoyed being
close to the wetlands and
wanted to be involved in its
future, however what will
happen to Pacific Park is in
the hands of Cera.
A Cera spokesperson said
there were no decisions or
even timeframes for decisions
with regard to the future use
of the residential red zone''.
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