We are currently involved with the development of an Arboretum for Rare and Endangered plants from the Eastern Bay of Plenty, in the Ohiwa Reserve, with stunning views overlooking Ohiwa Harbour.
Plants included in the Arboretum are:
Kaka Beak (Clianthus maximus, kowhai-ngutakaka)
Woody legume shrub with red flowers that resemble the beak of the native Kaka (Parrot). This shrub was one of the first (if not the first) plant to be grown in Great Britain having been collected by Banks and Solander, botanists on the 1769 Captain Cook expedition. The flowers are popular with native birds but also rabbits and slugs.
Giant Flowered Broom (Carmichaelia williamsii)
Only two sites remain in the Whitianga Bay area. Has pea-like flowers from July to December
Thick leaved tree daisy (Olearia pachyphylla)
Only found on some headlands in Opape (near Opotiki).
Kumarahou (Pomaderris kumeraho)
The common name golden Tainui comes from when clusters of bright yellow flowers appear in Spring. It also has the name of Gumdiggers soap when the gum diggers used to rub the yellow flowers together to make a lather when soap was unavailable. There are two main sites near the Ohiwa oyster farm but Ohiwa care groups are planting more.
Shore spurge (Euphorbia glauca, waiu-atua)
Grows on coastal cliffs, banks, slopes and sand dunes. It has been extensively planted in the Eastern Bay of Plenty through Coast Care programme.
Endemic to New Zealand, found in North Island and South Island (Northern). This tree is limited to coastal areas in the North Island.
Sand Daphne (Pimelea villosa, Taraheke)
In the wild, this plant is endangered. A low growing shrub of coastal sand dunes with spreading branches and erect branchlets.
Beach Spinach (Tetragonia implexicoma)
Found on sand dunes and gravel beaches. Can be eaten as a vegetable.
Native puha (Sonchus kirkii)
Limited distribution in the wild. Found in open coastal situations.
Bay of Plenty Kanuka (Kunzea toelkenii)
Only found in Thornton and on two islands on Ohiwa Harbour.
Nationally critical status
Native Hibiscus (Hibiscus diversifolius)
This plant occurs in coastal sites where there is no frost. The beautiful yellow flower only lasts one day.
Tawapou (Planchonella costata)
A few trees are found in Tolaga Bay area but many are found on off shore islands.
At risk status
A native grass found on Whangakapikopiko which has been propagated by Meg Collins
Saturday 25th of August was a lovely Spring-like day. I joined a group of locals to help establish a local Food Forest, initiated by Meg Collins of Ohiwa Reserves Care Group. I was assigned the job of compost bin construction assistant. 18 trees were planted; Granny Smith apple, feijoa, Black Doris plum. lemon, orange, bananas, macadamia and peach. A good day was had by all. The area is now experiencing a lot of rain, so that should give the seedlings a good start.
Karen is a co-owner of Ohiwa Seascape Studios. When she is not busy at the studios, she is busy enjoying becoming a part of the local community here in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.