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.


Whakaupoko Overview and Monitoring

Below is a powerpoint presentation that was given to the Landcare conference regarding the Chewcard project underway by Whakaupoko Landcare:


Creating a bush block

Bush revegetation

I have found this an excellent web page to view regarding  practical methods for revegetating a bush block.


Its presented by Waitakere City Council  and is centred around the Waitakere ecosystems but it provides some useful information and hints on native plants, plant sources for birds and  how to get started and maintain a bush block.

Cheers David Puflett


Martyn Wright Road Field Day Photos

Here we are at Hiedie and Brian Morgan’s house getting Instructions for the morning session and discussing the techniques to be followed. Andrew Sinclair in red jacket and Garrick McCarthy with sunglasses on his head.




Just remember where this tag is, we need to find it on Saturday!





These pictures below show the bird monitoring in progress on Bruce and Gaylene Taylor’s property. We were also enthralled with the large size of the trees on all these properties.
We thought we heard a shining cuckoo and did hear a Kaka, but both bird remained unseen. Lots of pigeons and the odd Tui.  We all know the call and appearance of a grey warbler

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Thank you to all host, Heidi and Brian Morgan, Gaylene and Bruce Taylor, Mrs Rosemary Eden and the Mason family.
Competition of the week, what is the weed’s name in this photo.  Control at least three sprays with Grazon, according to Stewart from Franklin Council.
Just add your answer to the comments section below.
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Hunters Road field trip 25-7-10

We had a total of 17 interested persons turn out for the perfect day at the Hunters Road reserve car park.
And what an interesting bunch of keen folk who turned up.
A guy from Pukekohe who is very experienced in south island possum trapping and monitoring, GPS and  who is willing to help map all our bird monitoring stations.
And some of the keen folk who could not make the Martyn Wright Road Field day on the previous Tuesday, those folk wish to learn.


The whole day had been ably planned by Dave Puflett and Andrew Sinclair and we were to visit four properties, which included the Hunters Bush Reserve, Lyn and Dave Hickey’s block that neighbours the reserve, Ian Laing’s and the Atkinson block, Gallagher’s Bush and Peter Hardy’s block (formerly a quarry that closed in 1928).
The major work done was bird monitoring, setting up some bait stations and working out the challenges these land owners face.

The picture below shows the team discussing  and debating the type of tree the bait station has been fastened to, which was agreed later as a Pukatea.
There is no use coming on a field trip unless you are prepared to learn and good debate enhances the learning experience.
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The weather was perfect.
The standards of the bush blocks did vary. In some weed control was very good but it was noted that our number one enemy woolly nightshade was creating a few problems. as you can see below. We saw some minor infestations such as these and some really bad infestations of nightshade with gorse.

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We finished just before lunch with muffins and banana cake at Peter Hardy’s unique bush block. Many thanks for your efforts Gaylene, the food was great.
Peter’s block was formerly a rock quarry that closed in 1928, so the bush is mostly regrowth, and is great. He has tracked it and also killed some exotic pine trees.
He is managing the gorse and woolly nightshade extremely well. And this block is right on the edge of Patumahoe village.

I am sure everybody enjoyed the day and this field trip. Thank you to the landowners who permitted us on their properties.