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Written by Deanna Harris, Whangarei Leader   
Saturday, 16 May 2009

NATURE PRESERVE: Jeremy Busck is establishing a stormwater-cleansing wetland preserve in the backyard of his Onerahi home.

A Whangarei resident is turning his backyard into a nature preserve that future generations can be proud of.

Jeremy Busck sold his Whangarei business of 30 years – Motocat Adventure and Cycles – to follow a new path in life.

At the back of Mr Busck’s Onerahi home is about 5.6 hectares of flood-prone land, which was going to be a residential development.

The plans outraged Mr Busck and his wife Pamela, so when the development collapsed he bought the land with the dream of turning the site into a stormwater cleansing, wetland nature preserve.

He is now into his third year of a 10-year plan, which will see the wetland preserve take shape before he gifts it to the community.

The wetland will be made up of both fresh and saltwater treatment ponds flowing out to the harbour, which will clean stormwater that runs down from roads and neighbouring land.

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