NEWS THIS WEEK

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NO THROW DESKS FREE!

We have listed a few more desks on the No Throw Site so please have a look at whats available

 

NZ TREE PROJECT Monday October 5th,

5.30pm tea and biscuits, 6.00 pm start,

Community Waikato Building, 33 Victoria Street (North end, near the Meteor)

Join us for an evening talk on the NZ Tree Project presented by Catherine Kirby (University of Waikato) and Andrew Harrison (Wintec).

The New Zealand Tree Project is an innovative film and photography venture that captures imagery of majestic trees and native podocarp forests from viewpoints that we rarely get to experience from the forest floor. Using methods such as time-lapse, hyper-lapse and 3D video, coupled with custom built camera rigs, drones and 50m long cable cameras, the project is creating one of a kind footage of the forest from ground breaking new angles. Come along to a hear about the goals of the project, for a behind the scenes view of how it is done, and be one of the first to see some of the incredible imagery this project is generating.

http://waikatobotsoc.org.nz/?post_type=tribe_events

 

Phone Mike 854 7259 or 021 203 2902 for details

CENTRAL CITY TRANSFORMATION PLAN

If you would like to have some input into the draft Central City Transformation Plan, which is the proposed revamp of the CBD and Victoria St, please follow the links below to see the plan and provide feedback. The public can have their say on Hamilton’s draft Central City Transformation Plan (CCTP) from 28 September until 16 October 2015 to provide feedback on the draft plan, which outlines a long-term practical approach to transform Hamilton’s central city.

It’s online: hamilton.govt.nz/CCTP

LIVING STREETS' SIXTH SERIES OF SPRING STROLLS ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 11th

Just a reminder to those who enjoy a pleasant walk that we will be starting Living Streets' sixth series of Spring Strolls on Sunday October 11th. The menu is laid out below, and I'll send out the maps a few days in advance of each walk (except for the Te Awa walkway at the end, which doesn't need a map - you just follow the only path there is!)

See you on the 11th! Dogs are welcome, as long as they are friendly and on a leash.

Kind regards,

Judy

All walks last between 60 and 90 minutes, with the exception of the Te Awa walkway which is a little longer. You will need good, comfortable, preferably waterproof shoes, a raincoat, a drink and some sun lotion, just to cover all the possibilities of a Hamilton spring day! All walks start at 2pm.

The full list of walks is as follows:

1. Sunday October 11: Dinsdale’s gully and the Frankton Railway Village. Park in Dinsdale Rd or Robyn Place, just behind the Dinsdale shops. Meet at the intersection of Dinsdale Rd and Robyn Place and we will inspect the stream that flows under the Dinsdale roundabout, then explore some local parks on our way to enjoy the unique railway village community in Weka St and surrounding areas before returning through the higher altitudes of Dinsdale to our starting point.

2. Sunday October 18: Smyth’s Plantation and surrounding parks. Park at the Grandview Rd end of Western Heights Ave, off Newcastle Rd. We will walk up to Sunset Close, head through a very lovely local park and on to the delightful haven that is Smyth’s Plantation, followed by a circuit of Caernarvon Park. This walk is hilly, and parts may be a little muddy, so wear clothes that don’t mind a bit of rough treatment.

3. Sunday November 1: Nawton’s green connections. Park in Metro Ave or Lugton St and meet in Metro Ave to begin our walk through a total of eight separate green spaces.

4. Sunday November 8: Te Awa cycle and walkway: Meet at the Waikato Equestrian Centre parking lot off Pukete Rd and we will follow the walkway back up to Pukete Rd, down behind the Fonterra Factory (admiring the lovely plantation of young fruit trees on public land) and along the shared path to the Horotiu Bridge. This is a there-and-back trip of slightly over 4km each way. You might like to bring snacks and drinks and have a small picnic afternoon tea at the bridge before heading back the way you came.

For more information, contact Judy on 8552019.

MOREPORK SURVEY

I am repeating a survey of morepork in Hamilton City that has been run during October for the past several years (except last year) and am looking for volunteers.

This survey can best be described as citizen science. We use a method derived from a pilot study created by DOC Science & Policy staff in Christchurch. It is very simple to implement, and involves people sitting at each of 20 sites around the city and recording if they hear a morepork or not (we are not counting number of morepork heard because this is too difficult) for at least 4 nights during one week at the end of October. Recording starts around 8pm (around sunset) and takes one hour. The 20 sites are the same as used in previous years. At this stage this will not change. It is not a census of morepork in Hamilton. It is a survey/sample that is repeated over the years.

Expected benefits from this survey are getting people out volunteering for conservation/native wildlife monitoring and producing results that can contribute to Hamilton City Councils gully management (informing if their management has had any success).

I like to have 2 people at each site for reasons of safety and social interaction. This requires a lot of community contribution – 20 sites x 2 people for 4 nights. If you are interested in taking part please let me know (by email). Also, pass this on to anyone else who might be interested

Andrew Styche <astyche@doc.govt.nz>

Ranger, Partnerships Department of Conservation

Hamilton District Office

HOGS "BEE FRIENDLY MEETING

We'll start with a walk around, then have a chat about bees and Top Bar bee hives with two fairly new keepers of bees, Jenny and David, have afternoon tea and share some bee friendly plants.

What to bring: plants to share esp. ones good for bee fodder; a plate for afternoon tea (optional); the usual - hat, umbrella, shoes. The meet will go ahead unless rain is bucketing.

If you'd like to sell plants or other items, you're welcome. Sellers look after their items for sale.

Contact: hamiltonorganicgardeners@gmail.com for further detail

WAIKATO BIODIVERSITY FORUM VENUE CHANGE

We've had a change of venue for the Forum on the 31 October. It is now being held at Papa o Te Aroha Marae in Tokoroa. I've attached an updated flyer and agenda/registration. This updated information can be sent through your networks so that people are informed of the change. Cheers Moira

Forum poster-1.pdf
Waikato Biodiversity Forum INVITE AGENDA.pdf
Registration form.pdf

BIG NZ BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK SET TO BREAK RECORDS – SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER

The annual National St John, Rotary, New World,Pak N Save and Stroke Foundation NZ Blood Pressure Campaign, starts this week with Saturday 3rd October free Blood Pressure checks at sites around New Zealand at New World, Pak N Save and DHB’s.

www.strokewise.org.nz/bloodpressure

Please see attachement

BPressure 2015 media release final.pdf

CALLING ALL ORGANIC GARDENERS

Is there anyone (or maybe a couple of people) who would like to help new migrant women learn about gardening? If you're interested please contact Silvana directly. : Silvana Erenchun-Perez <pd@freefm.org.nz>

Here's what she says:

At Shama - Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre Trust we run life skill classes for ethnic women, usually with limited English. But we have English class, computer, sewing and cooking. A few weeks ago we started a gardening workshop on Mondays from 10am till 12pm, with the idea to pass eco-friendly tips and ideas to the ladies, as many of them come from countries or cultures where they don’t think much in recycling, composting, growing veggies, etc. But the tutor had a health problem last week and she is unable to continue facilitating the class. Is there any person that you know that could volunteer facilitating this class? Is quite basic, and the idea is to learn about NZ natives veggies and fruits, share info about spices and veggies that the ladies use a lot for their cooking (so maybe we could source those seeds for the garden), and learn tips on composting, recycling, smart use of water etc. I have both some seeds, plants, and tools. And I want to build/buy/source some veggie boxes (until the moment we are using all the ice-cream containers and plastic pots that I've recycled at home.Any ideas or suggestions on where I can find a volunteer tutor?Cheers,

Silvana Erenchun-Perez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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