Labradors roaming in village

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I have received a notice from a local resident who has noticed two golden labradors (or retrievers) running free around Searle Drive, new subdivision area.

While both dogs have not shown any aggressive behaviour, they do seem to be unrestrained or with an owner and this has happened more than once.

Unfortunately no-one has been able to get the dogs to come to them so that they can be returned to their owner with the information that there might be a way for the dogs to get loose when they are not at home.

So, if you have neighbour with two dogs that fit the above description – one older, one younger or are the owner of these freerunning canines, then it may be worthwhile to check your fences because they seem to be getting out and about while you are not at home.

Native Bird Evening

Native Bird Evening – Whakaupoko Landcare

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With Whakaupoko Landcare, Neil Fitzgerald (Landcare Research, Hamilton) and Tim Lovegrove (Auckland Council native bird specialist) come together to celebrate 10 years of our local Native bird population explosion.

Pukeoware Hall, Wednesday Evening, March 25th, 7.00pm. Bring friends and family and a plate. Tea & Coffee provided.

Whakaupoko Landcare will present a brief summary of 8 years of Citizen Science bird monitoring. We will explain simple approaches for pest control and pest monitoring.

Neil Fitzgerald will talk to us about the successful Halo project in Hamilton that has seen the return of tui and more.

Tim Lovegrove will update us on the likes of:

*          Kereru

*          Bellbird release

*          What’s happening in Auckland with Hunua’s kokako update, Waitakere’s Ark in the Park, off shore islands and more.

To conclude there will be an open discussion around the theme of:

Mainland Pest Free NZ Starts Here

In our own back yard by ‘Mobilising People Power’

 

Patumahoe vs Craddock Farms

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(Resident submitted notice – Thanks!)

Craddock Farms who own intensive egg layer farms applied to build a new intensive farm for 310,000 more hens in the village of Patumahoe. In late 2014 there was a hearing for the resource consent application where three opposing submitter’s fought vigorously to prevent this.

With the weight of the local community and the Animal Rights groups behind them the submitter’s managed a successful defence and the independent commissioner’s declined the application in full on the 13th of January 2015.

however….

Craddock farms having already purchased a significant property are not willing
to let this go without further fight and have now appealed the commissioner’s
decision.

The appeal will be heard in the Environment Court and will be very costly – more than double that of the original hearing. We have created a givealittle fund to provide financial backing so that we can continue the fight with legal and other expert representation to keep hens out of cages and out of Patumahoe. If you would like to donate or help with the fundraising please visit our page

http://givealittle.co.nz/cause/banchickenlayercages#

Attend A Community Meeting 7:30pm Tuesday 3rd March At The Patumahoe School Hall To Find Out How You Can Help

If the decision is reversed this alone will account for 10% of New Zealand’s total egg production and the egg layer facility will be a total of ten sheds with 31,000 caged chickens in each shed, five cages high.

This will affect our community – noise, pollution, flies, odour, additional traffic
on an already busy road and of course property values.

If you want to know more contact www.facebook.com/banchickenlayercages
or phone 027 419 0413

We need your help!

Whakaupoko 6km Volcano Walk

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Saturday March 7th Volcano walk – All welcome!

Whakaupoko 6km Volcano Discovery Walk

 

For the Volcano Walk the forecast is looking great with just a little rain due to hold off until about 1.30. Light winds and cloud at the start = perfect.By the time it gets a bit windier we will be in the shelter of our trees.

Come and see some stunning scenery, learn more about our environment and get in some training before the Mauku School fun run the following weekend.

Saturday March 7th 8.30am – 12.00. Pot luck bbq / lunch afterwards.

Start & Finish – 89c Bald Hill Rd. (Andrew & Louise Sinclair’s property).

A map of this walk is on the Whakaupoko Page of this website.

Local geologist Wendy Goad will be joining us to explain the past volcanic and land formation history of the area. It will include the Whakaupoko / Barriball / Bald Hill Tuft Ring which FDC had listed as one of only three ‘Outstanding Natural Features’. The other two being the Pukekohe East tuft ring and Waitangi Falls. The journey will also take in ‘The Fort’ to the south East of Bald Hill. This is an amazing lookout point seen by few, that overlooks the Akaaka and Port Waikato and which is immediately above a fault line. How did it all come to be? Come along and find out.

 

The early start time is to avoid the heat of the day with much of the first part of the walk being in the open. The end of the walk is through trees and there will be an Easter egg treasure hunt through the last section. The walk offers plenty of downhill. However being a round trip it also includes lots of uphill so a reasonable level of fitness is required. There will be a slightly shorter there and back flatter option which takes in most of the key viewing sights for those looking for 3 – 4km. The journey will take us across several privately owned properties and Whakaupoko Landcare would like to thank the owners for allowing the walk to take place.

 

There will be a bbq available at the end along with tea, coffee & water. People are welcome to bring food for a shared lunch.

 

Come along for a great day out and learn more about the place we live. If you are coming so as we can get an estimate on numbers can you please rsvp by calling Deborah on 2363051. Also if the weather forecast is really bad we will delay the tour to Sunday. Any postponement will be made on Friday before 5.00pm and posted on www.patumahoe.org.nz. A map of the walk can also be viewed.
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Locals looking out over the Tuft Ring and Titi volcano in the middle of it all. How did that come to be?