Community Conversation – Long tailed bats & Pest-free evening

long tailed bat

Long tailed bats and Pest free NZ Evening. Don’t miss it.

When: Wednesday August 24th, 7.00pm

Where: Pukeoware Hall

Bring: Yourself, friends and a plate if you can.

Michael Ngatai, Auckland Council Biodiversity will tell us more about our cool and secretive Long Tailed Bat. What do they eat? Where do they roost? How many in a family? What is tupor?

10 Bat locators were set up for several week and the results are in. Are they in the Bald Hill area. Have they made it to Patumahoe or the Awhitu Peninsula? Have you seen them in your backyard? How can we look after them? Come along and find out more.

Garrick McCarthy from Auckland Council Biosecurity will background the ever increasing range of options for pest control and what is working well for people. Whakaupoko and Awhitu Peninsula Landcare experiences will add to this. This is very topical as the Pest Free Initiative starts to gain momentum.

Any queries contact Andrew Sinclair, Mob 021 268 1904. See you there.

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.

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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



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:

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.



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.