Bats seen by group on the hill…

Article reproduced with kind permission from Franklin County News:

Whakaupoko (West Franklin) Landcare Fieldday – 2 March 2013


  1. Pest Control Update – Practical Solutions & short walk to an outlook near the top of Bald Hill
  2. Bar b Que – Pot luck – Bring some  food & drinks – A great chance to catch up on everyone and check out the kereru dining on the cabbage tree berries on the driveway in.
  3. Night time Search – Bats, Glow worms & Geckos (We will have 4 hand held bat monitors to see if we can come across a few of these endangered residents).

When: Saturday, March 2nd, Saturday 5.00pm start

Where: Andrew & Louise Sinclair’s property,  89c Baldhill Rd. (West of main Puni  / Waiuku Rd)

Bring: As well as food & drinks bring clothing that keep mozzies out and headlight / torch

All Welcome

Roelf Schreuder (Whakaupoko Coordinator), will be there to talk about the new Henry traps he is trialling.

Eli Ewens will be on hand to discuss a range of pest control options. AC staff will be present including Mike Ngatai, (native plant specialist) and Ben Paris (Batman). Where’s Robin?

We will have some bait & bait stations available for people to pick up as well as some Chew Cards.

Now is a good time to be thinking pest control. With the drought possums and rats are hungry and more easily attracted to bait and traps. Also autumn is coming when rats & mice start looking for cover close to home and around buildings and sheds.

Whakaupoko Tip – If you have a Timms trap get it out now and bait with a piece of apple with a topping of peanut butter. Possums can’t resist especially with the drought on.

Let’s keep trends like this

Check out our endangered Long Tailed Bat








To get an idea on numbers can you please RSVP if you are coming:


Or Ph:   236-3647

If the weather is real rubbish we will have a postponement notice placed on to the following Saturday.

Te Ara O Whangamaire – Community Track

Te Ara O Whangamaire – Official Opening

On behalf of Whakaupoko Landcare, Patumahoe Village Inc and Patumahoe School you are invited to join us for the official opening and walk of Te Ara O Whangamaire. This is the newly completed walkway in Patumahoe connecting the Village with the natural environment.

Te Ara O Whangamaire  begins at the  Auckland Council Reserve close to Patumahoe School on the first corner of Clive Howe Rd. It leads down the bush covered hill before venturing on to privately owned open farmland. The journey offers stunning views connecting through to Henry’s Bush on Hunters Rd and should prove a great asset to the community .

When: Friday Nov 23rd 3.00pm

Where: Meet in the car park area at Nth East Fields by the School. (Or School Hall if raining).

Format: Opening Ceremony.

There will be a Karakia to lead us to the start of the track where there will be a blessing and prayer organised by Ngati tama oho and Ngati Te Ata. Children from the School will be performing a Waiata. There will be a few short speeches from Auckland Council and locals before a brief opening ceremony and acknowledgement of Dave Pufletts contribution in bringing Te Ara O Whangamaire to life.

The First Walk

Te Ara O Whangamaire will have several options to suit most ranging from 1 –  7kms including across metalled tracks with steps and untracked rural farmland that is not flat. There is also a loop track in bush that has been built by youth for youth. Along the way there will be opportunities for people to take part in a 5 minute bird survey and check out some chew cards and pest control. Maps of different options will be available on the day.



On your return from the walk there will be tea and coffee and drinks available at the School Hall. There will be some food provided including a bar b que and people are encouraged to stay to celebrate the walkway opening, share a few stories and reflect on the life of Puff.

Get organised as you are welcome to bring a plate, bar b que food  and refreshments with alcohol permitted. We know Puff would welcome your attendance and would enjoy you staying for a while to celebrate the opening.


Auckland Environment Community Awards

Last week (30th July 2012) Whakaupoko Landcare represented by Dave Puflett, Roelf Schreuder and Andrew Sinclair attended the Auckland Council Environment Awards. It was an excellent evening with a large crowd including many Councillors, MP’s and also Mayor Len Brown.

The overall winner was Paremoremo Community who are doing great work. You can find out more on the link below and on their website:

It was interesting as in many ways in our local community we are starting to head in a similar direction. They have managed to combine very successfully many of the Landcare issues that we are embracing as well as the wider community focus that Patumahoe Village is taking on board.

One thing they had found successful was to have plenty of good ideas out there in front of the community but only take them up when at least 1 person puts up their hand to take responsibility for it.


Festival for the Planet – Saturday 21 May 2011

My partner and son went into Auckland University last week to hear Dr James Hansen speak about climate change.

If you ambivalent, mildly interested or passionate about the subject –  this might be an event for you.  This leaflet was handed out at the lecture.

Entry is by koha

Who is James Hansen?

Dr James Hansen is the world’s preeminent climate scientist.  in 1988 he raised the alarm about climate change with his testimony to the US Congress.  He has been head of teh NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Earth Sciences Division since 1981 and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University.  George Bush tried to gag him, without success.  He may be the single most authritative voice on the science of climate change on the planet.  This will almost certainly be the only time he speaks in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Dr Hansen describes coal as “the single greatest threat to civilisation and all life on our planet”. His message is directly relevant to us in New Zealand.  The National Government has committed itself to digging up the country’s lignite reserves (lignite is the dirtiest type of coal) along with opening up our coastline to deep sea oil exploration.  Even without the human and environmental risks from mining and drilling, we cannot afford to see those resources burned – whether they are exported to China or burned here in Aotearoa.”

What is the people’s assembly on Climate Change?

The time for arguing about whether climate change is happening or not is over.  It is clear from the accumulation of scientific evidence and from what we see happening in the world around us.  Neither is is time is it time to ask the Government to take action – we asked them to make a strong commitment at the international negotiations in Copenhagen last year and they ignored us.  Now is the time for ordinary people to come together to celebrate our plant and our communities and to start taking grassroots action.  This event is not about how bad things might get.  It’s about how good we can make things, if we get together and make it happen”