Rengarenga Project

Approximately 600m along the coast North from the Cape Palliser lighthouse is one of only two areas  in the Wairarapa where the native lily (rengarenga) grows wild.

Rengarenga were origionaly cultuvated by Maori as a food source. Photo: Peta Campbell

Rengarenga were origionaly cultuvated by Maori as a food source. Photo: Peta Campbell

These rengarenga were Maori originally cultivated rengarenga at this site centuries ago as a food source.

Today we are working with Ngati Hinewaka and the QE11 Trust to get rid of pest plants such as boxthorn, and to plant original vegetation species with particular emphasis on rare Wairarapa coastal plants.

The area is well known for its reptile species.  To protect these, the entire area has been rabbit and stock proof fenced  and pest control is carried out for possums and rats.