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:

Whakaupoko (West Franklin) Landcare Fieldday – 2 March 2013

Activities

  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:

Email:    andrew@climbingjack.com

Or Ph:   236-3647

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

Working Bee – Monday 11 February 2013

Hi All

Happy New Year

It has been most encouraging to see the amount of use of the new Walkway.

We are having a brief working bee to carry out a bit of weeding and track maintenance.

When: This Monday (Feb 7th), 6.30 – 8.00pm.

Bring: Sharp spades and / or hand trowels. Also a pair of gloves may be handy for hand weeding.

Tasks: Mainly taking out gorse seedlings and convolvulus around plantings. Also depending on numbers some killing of gorse plants on Gavins & Colgans and track maintenance.

Where: At Clive Howe Te Ara O Whangamaire entrance. (If large numbers we may send some around to Henry’s Bush to release some of the new AC plantings).

It will be good to have a chat about possible future ideas for the walkway and Henry’s Bush so bring them with your ideas with you as well.

Pete Hardy & Wayne Meads are the contact people who are taking on coordinating Landcare activities in Patumahoe.

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.

 

Celebrations

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.

 

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.

 

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: www.parepublisher.co.nz

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.

 

Pest Trapping Workshop

Read about our Trapping Workshop planned for 31 March 2012…

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