A first Weiti River Festival is planned in Silverdale on February 23.
The Hibiscus Coast community is invited to join the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand and celebrate the launch of the Weiti Wildlink Project at the family-focused festival.
It celebrates the natural wonders of the Weiti River and estuary, with environmentally themed activities and displays, storytelling, face painting, games, prizes, food, music and more.
Visitors can see some native fish, take a look at a few bizarre-looking bugs that call the Weiti home, and learn about native plants' healing properties.
Guided riverside walks will teach festival-goers more about the Weiti WildLink project, the local board's plans for enhancing the waterway and how to get involved.
"The festival offers Silverdale residents and workers a rare chance to see and learn about the weird and wonderful flora and fauna that live in and around our streams and celebrate why the Weiti River is worth protecting and enhancing," board chairwoman Julia Parfitt says.
The board has allocated $104,000 for Weiti River enhancement initiatives.
In addition, Auckland Council's stormwater unit has contributed $60,000.
Together this will fund weed control and the planting of more than 13,000 native plants along the banks in the Silverdale area.
The festival is at the Wade Landing Reserve, Tavern Rd, Silverdale, from 10am till 2pm.
- North Harbour News
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