We received an email today from Craig Kidd, Horowhenua District Council Parks and Property Officer | Āpiha Papa Rēhia, Rawa. Note the request to remove acacia / wattle from your own properties:
Following checking the entrance on to the beach, the Acacia outside 61 & 63 Manga Pirau is out over the edge of the kerb.
While taking photos, I did not realise how much seed was on the plants, which there is a photo attached, and with the issue of acacia invading coastal dunes we are taking these out.
There is the reserve access opposite 52 Manga Pirau Street which the southern side has planted in acacia which we are removing under the pest management plan.
We will also try and cut out all the acacia from Hank Edwards back to the Southern end of Manga Pirau Street.
Can you please let the community know why we are undertaking removal of the wattle and ask if people have wattle on their properties, if they would consider removing it to help stop the acacia from spreading in the community and coastal reserves
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us and we very appreciate the communities support.