A wetland habitat is to be re-established in Northland after a land purchase by Nature Heritage Fund was announced today.
The 342 hectare site -- 5km east of Dargaville alongside the Manganui and Wairoa Rivers -- once restored will serve as a haven for native species and the hunting of waterfowl game bird will also be allowed.
Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner says The Department of Conservation and Northland Fish and Game Council worked together to secure the land after sighting its valuable scenic and ecologic qualities.
"The remnant forest and wetland area will be classified as scenic reserve for ongoing management by DOC, while the river flats will be classified a local purpose (wildlife management) reserve and vested in the Northland Fish and Game Council," Ms Wagner says.
Species the site will be home to include: mudfish, bittern, herons and pied stilts. With ponds next to the river hoped to eventually spawn whitebait and threatened eels.
Northland Fish and Game Council Regional Manager Rudi Hoetjes says he was struck by the environmental importance the land has the potential for the moment he saw it.
"Fish & Game is pleased to have the support of the Minister and DOC in our plans to protect and return it to its former glory for future generations," Mr Hoetjes says.
A $655,000 NHF grant was used to buy the land and was supported by a contribution of $55,000 from the Northland Fish and Game Council.