Predator Free Patumahoe – Trap Day

Trap 1Time to get serious with rats.

This Friday May 19th we have a free rat trap and cage pick up afternoon at Patumahoe School from 2.25 – 4.30pm.

If you are able to help hand out traps and talk to people that would be great. You are welcome to come along and pick up 1 or more rat traps yourself. There is also an awesome limited special offer where you can register to purchase a Good Nature A24 rat trap for just $80 including a counter for free. (Normal retail direct from Good Nature $199).

This is immediately after school finishes and has been publicised through the school newsletter and County News. Some of us will be there earlier at 1.00pm helping assemble some of the rat trap cages. If you are able to join us at 1.00 – even better. No carpentry skills needed.

We carried out some bird surveys around the Village with help from Patumahoe School room 9 students. What was great to see is that tui and kereru numbers were way up on similar surveys we carried out 5 – 7 years ago. In the buffer zone around Patumahoe we saw several bait stations and one land owner has in place 24 Good Nature rat traps. It is awesome to see the difference and it will exciting to see what can be achieved with even more predator control.

Any questions call Andrew Sinclair
Mob 021 268 1904

Te Whangai Trust Community partnership

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Whakaupoko Landcare/ Te Whangai trust Community partnership

On the second Wednesday of every month, from 10.00am – 12.30pm Whakaupoko Landcare and Community Members are welcome to come and work alongside Te Whangai staff & students at their Tui Glen Nursery 188 Jutland Road, Pukekohe (At end of Princes Street West) Pukekohe-(next door to the new subdivision.)

We will be doing native plant nursery work, such as seed sowing/taking cuttings /pricking out seedlings/ potting/weeding and other general nursery activities.

Members are then welcome to remain for lunch. (Bring your own lunch or something to share.)

This is an initiative aimed at providing a regular meeting place for Whakaupoko members, interacting, mentoring and generally assisting Te Whangai with their nursery work plus meeting a whole new group of people.

There will be a short safety brief and detailed instructions for all volunteers.

Please wear closed in footwear and bring wet weather gear in case the weather lets us down. Bring some gardening gloves as well if you can.

Parking will be on the driveway around the lean- to shed, just before the narrow entrance to the nursery section.

Any queries or further information to Fiona Macdonald 021-596946 or 235-8301 or

Deborah Savill at whakaupokolandcare@gmail.com

Mauku Stream project – Landowners wanted

Whakaupoko has been steadily working on a project aiming to improve water quality in our local Mauku stream.

One of the first landowners to agree to participate has been the local historical St Bride’s Church, and many hours have been spent planting and maintaining a riparian strip on that property alongside the stream.

The project is funded by Auckland Council – thanks to support from our Franklin Local Board, and volunteer provide the manpower, any participating landowner needs to provide access and good communication.

With that in mind, perhaps you are someone who would like to consider the following invitation from Whakaupoko Landcare:

“Kia ora katoa

The Local Board has just allocated another generous donation of funds to Whakaupoko for purchasing plants to plant along the Mauku Stream ( and its tributaries ) for 2016

Many thanks to the local board  for including Whakaupoko in this round of funding it is great to be able to continue with this project.    

If you or anyone you know owns land along the Mauku stream and would be interested  in protecting and planting the riparian margins would you please let me know asap.  We do already have some landowners who have expressed interest in joining us this year.  More would be welcome.

Heoi ano, na Deborah Savill

Working Bee – Saturday 1 August 2015

St Brides

Saturday 1st August 2015, 12.30pm at the stream behind St Brides Church, Findlay Road, Mauku

Whakaupoko Landcare extends an invitation to everyone and anyone to come and join in for a couple of hours helping out with the second year of the St Brides riparian planting project.

For those who have not yet visited the historic church grounds, or want to know more about how riparian planting protects the waterways – it is a great opportunity to inform, explore and give a hand…

“After last year’s inaugural planting day, Whakaupoko Landcare will be hosting another working bee to establish the second stage of plantings and carry out some weed control around the existing plantings

This project is part of the long term vision to protect the Mauku stream by completing riparian plantings and has been funded by Auckland Council’s generous donation of funds to purchase the plants.

Grab your gumboots, long sleeves and trousers and bring a spade to join us for a couple of hours to help continue this worthwhile project.

We are also looking for landowners who border Mauku Stream or its tributaries to join the project.  Whakaupoko will provide advice, support and locally grown plants to enhance your section of the stream.

Enquiries to Deborah Savill 09 2363051 or whakaupokolandcare@gmail.com

 

 

Climate Change submission

Climate Change

Submissions to the government are due on 3 June 2015.

Generation Zero have provided a quick online submission form to help those who want to see measures taken to safeguard our stability and futures: Fix Our Future

For those still unsure about the cause of climate change, a study concluded in 2013 on published, scientific environmental papers resulted in a finding that 97% of those published papers agreed that climate change was occurring AND that it was caused by human use of fossil fuels. NASA provides a good link to the consensus links between credible scientific institutions.

Public Meetings
There have been a series of public meetings across New Zealand over the last few, but these have been poorly advertised and not supported by much information that relates the need for discussion on climate change. The discussion document provided online can be found here, but Dave Hansford at Public Address provides a reasonable critique of the omissions of those discussion points.

As many of our residents are primary producers they will bear the already noticeable impact of unseasonal weather patterns, and extreme weather events.

If you have not yet had time to investigate climate change, then the following videos may get you interested.

The first is produced by 350.org. It talks about the effects of climate change, and the causes of it.



Recently Maori TV broadcast the NZ documentary, Hot Air by Alister Barry & Abi King-Jones, which relates the politics of inaction. Youtube video of film available on creative commons below:



Political inaction is not unique to New Zealand however, and a mulitipartisan approach needs to be taken for long-term sustainability.

Comments are OPEN, but will be moderated and genuine questions or concerns are welcome.

Consider taking the time to investigate this issue yourself – without influence – and come to your own conclusions. This should not be utilised as a political issue for governments, it is a personal one for us all.

Apologies for the late notice on the submission date, but it was not widely advertised and some personal thought was required before posting this online.

Article provided as local resident,
Paula Crosswell

Village Planters – all welcome!

2011.October.Butchers.shop_.Cafe_.003Over 20 people came to the first meeting of garden enthusiasts at a coffee morning last month in the Patumahoe Butchers shop café. Included were both long term residents of the district as well as more recent additions to the community .

The idea behind the group is to provide an opportunity for people to get together (once a month) socialize and talk gardening ,plants and many other related topics.

We’ve given our group the name “Village Planters” and anyone is welcome to come and relax ,share ideas, bring your gardening problems, talk gardening and learn from each other .

We have started a web page which ,in time, will contain handy hints and details from our meetings

The next get together will again be at the Café 10am Wednesday July 2nd Fiona will devise a fun quiz and would like people to bring a piece of a plant – anything will do .

So for a fun morning ,bring yourselves a friend or two and $ for your morning tea .

For any queries Please Contact Fiona @ 236- 5989 (Weekdays) 235-8301 evenings or by emailing villageplanters@gmail.com

Gardeners wanted

At this time of the year, the garden may be dormant but gardening ideas are sprouting like weeds, and now one has bourne fruit – so – Whakaupoko Landcare is hosting an informal get-together of new gardening friends, and you are invited to be one of them!

new to the district and want to meet other people?
looking at your garden and don’t know where to start?
whether you are a novice or a long-time gardener
or simply want to share ideas about plants and gardening with others

– this may be the group for you –

Everyone is invited to come along to this first meeting and bring your ideas

Feel free to bring along a plant for ID or a garden/plant related question
Bring yourself & a friend or two and enough $ for a cup of tea or coffee. Food will be provided

Fiona MacDonald will profile a couple of plants and give a brief talk about gardening and we can discuss venues and format for future get-togethers

You buy your beverage of choice, and we will provide the nibbles and some food for thought!!

For more details phone Fiona on 235-8301 (evenings)

Community Environment Fund

Andrew Sinclair has provided the application documents for the Community Environment Fund that Patumahoe Village is happy to support and act as fundholder for.

CEF Proposal

 

People Power – Mobilisiing the Vounteer Community by PatumahoeVillageInc

 

The following letters of support accompanied the application.  Thanks to all those who contributed!

NZ Landcare Trust

Awhitu Peninsula Landcare

Queen Elizabeth Trust 2

Waikato Biodiversity Forum January 2014

Waikato Regional Council_

Auckland Council – Franklin Local Board – Andy Baker (Chairperson)

Forest & Bird

TB Free NZ

Patumahoe Village Inc

Whakaupoko Landcare


 

 

 

Bats seen by group on the hill…

Article reproduced with kind permission from Franklin County News:

WRC Small Scale Initiative Fund Grant. 2012

Whakaupoko Landcare Group has received a $4,976.00 grant from Waikato Regional Council for ongoing Pest control. This is a one off grant obtained from the ‘Small Scale Initiative Fund’.

This money will enable the Group to continue with existing pest control and expand further into the AkaAka area. Without such support the Group’s activities would certainly be constrained.