October 2016, Round Up

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ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS

Commercial Nursery visit Wednesday morning, 26th October (To be confirmed)
We have been invited to the very large Nga Rakau Nurseries in Massey West to view how they propagate millions of native seedling each year. They will give us a tour and a lesson on how to prepare seed properly so it is suitable and ready for their propagation systems.
If you are interested in propagating native species or collecting seeds for us, this is a unique opportunity to learn about the processes from professionals. If you would like to go along please email Nicky m.n.auld@farmside.co.nz and indicate if you are willing to carpool.

Thursday, November 3rd Clevedon School potting up sessions
We need help for the five classes from Clevedon School (junior) coming to our nursery at the entrance to Conmara opposite the Monument in Clevedon’s Main Road. The session times are9.30-10.15am, 10.15-11am, 11.30-12.15pm, 12.15-1pm,1.45-2.30pm. Help for just any one of these sessions or just to help with setting up will be greatly appreciated. Email Nicky m.n.auld@farmside.co.nz

Wairoa River Landcare at the Clevedon A & P Show 12th and 13th November
HELP PLEASE! We need some members to help set up our stand, starting at noon on Friday 11th and to man our stand at the Show on Saturday and Sunday, then to pack up on Sunday afternoon. Zealandia have again kindly donated some of their the space in a prime position and are supplying us with eco sourced seedlings. These are being potted up by Clevedon School children on 3rd November (see above). Please email Nicky m.n.auld@farmside.co.nz if you are able give a little time to help at the Show

Quiz Night at the Clevedon Corner Café Monday 21st November 7.30 pm
All are welcome to come along to our end of year meeting and join a Quiz focusing on environmental and local knowledge. Come along and meet some fellow landcarers.

PROJECT CRIMSONS – Trees that Count

WRL will be providing the number of trees it has been involved in planting to help this project establish the total number of native trees planted in New Zealand this year. The following extract from their newsletter gives more details.
“Nature’s Project Crimson, in collaboration with The Tindall Foundation, Pure Advantage and the Department of Conservation is developing a major national initiative to mobilise New Zealanders to plant millions more native trees to mitigate climate change.
Trees That Count will:
• count the number of native trees planted annually in New Zealand
• set annual targets to increase that number
• motivate people and organisations to contribute financially and in kind
• build community capability to support the achievement of the target”

Project Crimson (www.projectcrimson.org.nz) was established in 1990 to restore pohutukawa & rata and since then has broadened its work and its Goals as follows:
• “Manage major native restoration projects that have capacity for high impact in New Zealand
• Deliver environmental education programmes that focus on biodiversity
• Support community and iwi pohutukawa and rata initiatives in medium/high-need areas
• Be the knowledge-bank for pohutukawa and rata, advocate for the species and provide scientific research in metrosideros”

MANUKA REPLACING PINES

The bare hills above Morton Timber Co. yard on North Road have been re-planted with manuka. This shows that the Whitford Forest managers see the benefits of manuka arising from carbon credits and honey production are as commercially attractive as alternatives with the possible bonus of obtaining resource consent for housing. Although a monoculture initially, manuka are nature’s nursery so in years to come we can expect to see a wide range of other species emerge. Let’s hope other landowners follow this example.

AUCKALND FRESHWATER HUI

We have been invited to attend this event described below.

DATE: Wednesday 19 October 2016
VENUE: Te Atatu Boat Club (Bridge Ave, Te Atatu South)
COST: Koha (donation) – receipts available.
TIME: 9am-3:30pm. Morning Tea and lunch provided

This special event is designed to bring together organisations, groups and individuals with an interest in the stewardship, management of and education about our freshwater resources. This hui has the goal
to foster collaboration and action for freshwater environments in Auckland and is hosted by the Whitebait Connection and Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters Department.

Objectives:
Through attending this hui participants will:
Connect with others involved in freshwater education, monitoring or management in Auckland.
Increase their knowledge of freshwater quality issues, about New Zealand native fish, their
distribution and habitat requirements.
Share and learn about who is doing what in the field of freshwater monitoring, management
and education in Auckland.
Take away actions that they can implement, or that they can encourage others to implement,
to help improve water quality or riparian habitat in their local waterways.
Guest speakers include; freshwater fish ecologist, author and science
communicator Stella McQueen, Dr. Aslan Wright from NIWA and heaps more!

Field trip to the stream to learn about water testing, Inanga spawning site
monitoring and restoration and native freshwater fish habitat.

SUBSCRIPTIONS REMINDER

Subscriptions for the year ending 30 June 2017 are now well overdue so if you have mislaid earlier notices please now send your $20 by direct credit to our ANZ Bank account 01-0234-0104478-00. Apart from supporting our efforts to restore the Wairoa River, there are a range of person benefits available to financial members.

PLANTS AVAILABLE FROM OUR NURSERY

With the soil still wet and warming up, it is not too late for planting and by taking plants from our nursery you will help make room for the seedlings to be potted up by Clevedon Schools.

WEED CONTROL

Weeds always seem to outpace the plants we want to survive and need to be controlled by one means or another. One solution is to use weed matting in strips or squares, or squares of old carpet or similar porous material. The ideal is lay matting before planning to create a nice patch of weed free soil, but squares can be laid after planting. Otherwise, using herbicide or manual control will be needed. For very comprehensive information go to www.rainbowbrown.co.nz and select Weed Files. These pages give pictures and a description of over 50 weeds and a list of suitable herbicides they produce as well manual method of control.
Their prices are very competitive and they will take phone orders on 0508 299299 and supply at short notice.

TOTARA FIELD DAY

NORTHLAND TOTARA WORKING GROUP & TANE’S TREE TRUST
When: 10:30am-2pm, Wednesday the 23rd November 2016
Who: Everyone interested in tōtara and land-management (e.g landowners, farm-foresters, land management agencies/consultants, environmentalists, timber industry – anyone.
Where: Rehford farms Ltd. 1792 Mangakahia Road, (approx. 3km north of Titoki and about 35mins drive from Whangarei). Follow the field-day signs!

Tōtara for timber + biodiversity + riparian management!
See regenerating tōtara being used for multiple benefits on a dairy-farm.
See trees ready for harvest.
See young stands under management.
Hear how management can enhance biodiversity and riparian areas.
Hear the latest on the legal issues around milling tōtara.
Hear about initiatives to develop a regional industry.
Discussion, in the field, on all the issues!
N.B. – Bring a drink, raincoat and gumboots (& 4wd if you have one).
Sausage sizzle provided!
Contact: Paul Quinlan for more details: (pdq@pqla.co.nz or ph. (09) 4050052)