A world-first innovation to remove mangrove seedlings from 11 Tauranga Harbour estuaries is being trialled by an Auckland-based company using cutting blades attached to a hovercraft.

View video of the machine in action below

The first public demonstration of the hover-mower took place this morning on the Waikareao Estuary at Judea.

A hovercraft has been used as a mangrove mower in Tauranga Harbour. Photo/John Borren
A hovercraft has been used as a mangrove mower in Tauranga Harbour. Photo/John Borren
Bay of Plenty Regional Council have trialled a hovercraft to help mow down mangroves in Tauranga Harbour. We joined them as the trial got underway today.