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Paremata Flats Reserve, Maori Pa Rd, Cable Bay is a publically owned (Nelson City Council) area that encompasses tidal river and Land Biodiversity systems designated by Council as of highest Ecological Value of all land under their management. It has a small area of unique lowland forest and a small population of locally endangered SI Fernbird and Banded Rail. To see the wider environment check out the gallery.

Planting at Paremata

Forest and Bird are delighted that the planting of all the areas of the flats has been completed, there may be some further infill planting in the 2017 year. Should organisations or individuals be interested to talk with F&B in regards further funding options please contact Ian Price by phone (03) 5459018 or email

There is now a video that features the Paremata Flats restoration project, courtesy of the Nelson City Council project Nelson Nature.

Facts and figures

  1. $190,000 has been raised since 2011 for the ecological restoration of Paremata Flat Reserve.
  2. 1070 planters have given 4,307 volunteer hours to plant 77,980 trees.
  3. Since 2007, 2,916 volunteer hours have been given by 40 trappers to a twice weekly pest Control management programme.
  4. 4,783 pests have been removed from Paremata, Uri O Te Wai and Maori Pa Road.
  5. 2,156 volunteer hours gone into weed control through spraying and grid searching. (A special thanks must go to one of our sponsors Nufarm NZ Ltd and their Rep Don Wardle for the supply of Roundup and advice) and the team for their help with site preparation.
  6. 881 volunteer hours into administrative work and organising.
  7. 562 volunteer hours seed collecting.
  8. 104 volunteer hours into native plant propagation.
  9. 328 Volunteer hours into Pest monitoring.
  10. 187 Volunteer Hours into track development and maintenance.
  11. 152 Volunteer hours into watering plants as of this date 14,500 Litres of water has been ferried by way of 20 Litre containers and 100 litre water tanks with hose to ensure plant survival over the dry summer months.

Total Volunteer Hours given to the project 12627 if you charged this out at the minimum wage of $15 per hour then the very conservative dollar contribution by volunteers would be over $189,000 and when combined with the money raised comes close to $380,000.00 given to the project by Forest and Bird and volunteers.