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McGregor Swamp

Description:

None available

Type/Class:

Swamp 2

Size:

2.9 ha.

Altitude:

0-20 m above sea level.

Approximate location:

West of the intersection of Beach Street and Stewart Street, Waikouaiti.
NZTM (centre point): E1418070 N4946590

Regional Plan: Water for Otago.

Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.100, Map F56..

Territorial Authority:

Dunedin City Council.

 

Recorded Values:

Value

Description

A5

Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. Less than 15% of swamps remain in Otago. 2

A1-A4, A6-A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.

 

Other Information:

  • Composition of Carex sp. and willow (Salix sp.). 2

  • Some drainage has occurred. 2

  • Included in the Statutory Acknowledge for Te Tauraka Poti (Merton Tidal Arm). This was a major mahinga kai for kainga and pa located on the coast north of the Otago Peninsula. The wetlands were a rich source of kai, including tuna (eels), black flounder (Rhombosolea retiaria), giant kokopu (Galaxias argenteus) and waterfowl. The wetlands were particularly valued as a spawning ground for whitebait/inaka (Galaxias spp.). 19

Aerial view of McGregor Swamp (March 2006)

McGregor Swamp (2005) “51”

References:

2. Ausseil, A.G., Newsome, P., Johnson, P, (2008) Wetland Mapping in the Otago Region. Landcare Research Contract Report prepared for the Otago Regional Council.

51. Otago Regional Council - Photo Archive.

 

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