Wetlands Taking Shape

Kaiapoi’s newly made wetlands, also known as the Beswick Stormwater Management area, are taking shape.

planting in Beswick Stormwater Management AreaThe edges and mounds of the 180 by 65 metre-wide pond have been planted out with typical Canterbury lowland swamp plants such; as Raupo (Typha orientalis), Pukio (Carex secta) and NZ flax (Phormium tenax).

These plants will serve as sediment control by trapping sediment from runoff and flooding to protect the water quality before it eventually flows to the Kaiapoi River.

The wider area will act as a sponge, soaking up excess water. Following significant rainfalls it will help reduce flooding, erosion and will help slow the floodwaters down without inundating the Kaiapoi River.

Wetlands are home to a wide variety of native flora and fauna, creating complex ecosystems. They are also host visitors such as migratory birds.

They have always had great spiritual significance for Tangata Whenua and all are looking forward to these wetlands gaining the same reverence.