THE QE ll TRUST
One of the most interesting parts of our property is the
ridge of around 5 acres in size that juts out of the ground or
more correctly that has been eroded down from a spur of the Seaward
Kaikoura Ranges behind us.
On this, we decided to build.
||There had never before been
any development of this space, either by Maori or white man.
Here would give us amazing views across the farmlands to the
Around the base of the spur there were remnants of coastal
native scrub and bush but underneath this was like a
desert. The property had been used for sheep and dairy farming
since the 1800s, all the ground cover had been stripped. We
decided that one of the 1st jobs to be done was to fence this
area off to regenerate.We loved this pocket of native bush.
||After a year to 18 months
the regrowth was fantastic, all manner of native vegetation
could be seen. In 2 years it was like a jungle. Our "fairy
forest" (as our adopted Kenyan daughter called it) was
in need of further work to make it a quiet place to spend
time.This was somewhere special that needed protection.We
were advised by the local council bio diversity officer Jodie
Denton that assistance, advice and possibly grant money was
available if we wanted to develop and keep this area safe
for the future. Eventually we decided to put this area
into a QE II Trust Covenant.
||This is a legal binding protection
agreement. The Trust assisted with advice, half the
fencing costs, conveyancing and title registration costs.
By placing the land under a covenant meant that although
the land would still belong to us, it would be protected in
perpetuity on its own title.We would be the
guardians and there could never be any development except
for the planting of local native species.
Kaikoura District Council
exempted land rates on the trust area (As this trust is
forever, subsequent owners will take on the
care and control). Any exotic vegetation had to be removed
and the whole area fenced off to protect it.
Although this was only a small area, it was considered
valuable by QE II for its content and was the 1st covenant
close to town.It also had the backing of the Kaikoura District
Council, who gave assistance and advice.This generated a lot
of interest and other covenants followed which was very rewarding.
Kaikoura now has a large number of covenants.
Many people and organisations have helped with time, expertise
and money. The Hapuku Primary School (opposite us) used the planning
and planting as a project for the pupils to study native plants.
Cataloguing of the flora on the site had previously been carried
out by Miles Giller of the QE IITrust. We were all amazed at the
diversity that this small area held. A group of Lincoln
College students worked with the Hapuku Primary School children
to design and oversee the planting of the area as part of their
Around 300 native plants and trees have been purchased with the
help of a grant from theTranspower Land Care Trust.
Path forming and clearing were done by the BTCV in early
2006. This organisation consists of different groups of British
volunteers who travel the world doing conservation work. ( How
great is that!)
We have chosen to open the area to members of the public to enjoy.
This is not compulsory, but we have chosen to do so, but please
ask in advance if you wish to visit. There are paths that
wind around the dam and through the trees, with strategic contemplation
spots.There are many QE IITrust covenants in New Zealand, some
small, some large, but all share the same passion, that
is to protect the beauty of the native bushland and significant
features of New Zealand. Take some time to have a look at this
great organisation and the work that is being done.
Kaikoura is blessed with a number of areas that you can
walk through and enjoy the diverse and spectacular range of flora
and flora.Not only do we have these incredible land features,
but sea features as well.Where else in the world do you have the
mountains, the sea and the great outdoors right at your door step.
There is a lot more to Kaikoura than just whales. Come, see,
be inspired. Let us share with you the beauty that is Kaikoura.
Go to www.openspace.org.nz
to learn more.