June/July events

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ACRE vacancies

Two spaces on the Advisory Committee for the Waikato Regional Environment (ACRE) have come available and the Committee is now seeking expressions of interest.
Please see more information on ACRE and details on how to apply at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/acre or contact ACRE Secretary Emma Wright (emma.wright@waikatoregion.govt.nz).

Gully Programme reminder

The “Plants for Gullies” programme has been funded by a Waikato River Clean-up Trust grant this year.

To be eligible for the programme you must be carrying out, or intending to carry out, a gully restoration within Hamilton’s city boundary. You may apply for up to 50 plants, glyphosate gel to control pest plants, geotextile matting and grass seed to help with bank stability if that is required.
Please complete the attached form and return to Hamilton City Council Parks and Open Spaces Unit by 21 June 2013 either via post or to my email.

Plant Application form.docx

Upon confirmation of your application we will notify the plant supplier who will arrange a time with you to visit the nursery and discuss your site. Plants will be allocated based on your site conditions. The supplier may also provide glyphosate gel to assist your restoration. However, the allocation of geotextile fabric for bank stability will be decided by Parks and Open Spaces after plant collection.

If you have any queries please contact
Leigh Cornes
Project Leader Ecological Developments | Parks and Open Spaces
DDI: 078386671 |Mobile: 021 245 5853 Email:Leigh.Cornes@hcc.govt.nz

29th - 30th June

Green Living Expo in Auckland
At the Showgrounds in Greenland
More info

Sunday 30th June

Miropiko weeding/working morning 10.30am - 12
339 River Road. Take gloves, rake if you have one
Contact Katherine 839 4452 or 021 267 2773

Saturday 6th July

Waikato Botanical Society trip – Moeatoa S.R Restoration Planting

Moeatoa is situated on the west coast south of Kawhia between the Waikawau River and Kiritehere Stream. Access is through private land (Nukuhakari Station) and this trip provides access to an amazing part of our coastline not often seen by the public. 

Moeatoa Scenic Reserve is home to the Nationally Endangered forget-me-not Myosotis petiolata var. pansa which is threatened by forest retreat and competition with rank grass. Other interesting plants in the reserve include Sonchus kirkii, Ptisana salicina and Scandia rosifolia.
This trip is to plant 500 plants along the coast to protect existing and create new habitat for the Myosotis.
This trip has plenty to entertain all ages from black sand beaches to a pa site and plenty of botanising for the adults.
Moeatoa is two hours drive from Te Kuiti. We will plan to be back in Te Kuiti by 5pm and people can of course leave earlier if they wish.

Leaders:   Thomas Emmitt temmitt@doc.govt.nz ph. 07 878 1055 (work) or 021 152 3030.
Meet:
      9am Department of Conservation, 78 Taupiri Street, Te Kuiti
Grade:
     Easy
Access:    
Depending on the weather 4WD is advised. Carpooling can be arranged. If necessary cars can be left at the stockyards and people can be ferried from there.
Bring
:         Picnic lunch, good footwear (the beach is nice but the rest is steep)

Monday 8th July

Waikato Botanical Soc talk

Can we turn back the clock? Managing mangrove expansion in northern New Zealand
Talk by Carolyn Lundquist
Waikato Environment Centre at 25 Ward Street from 5.30 - 7 pm.

Saturday 20th July

Bot Soc trip - Lake Okataina

In the Lake Okataina Scenic Reserve you'll see one some fine stands of warm-temperate podocarp/broadleaf forest on a pumice-infilled basin landform, and commanding views of the Twin Lakes (Rotongata and Rotoatua, volcanic crater lakes formed about 3,500 years ago).  The process of encroachment on the margins of two large clearings offers some interesting insights into forest dynamics (and divaricate plants), and there are also exclosure plots that reveal the dramatic effects of deer and wallabies on forest regeneration.  All the walks are on gentle terrain; there are no steep grades.
Meet:
        8:30 am at 1 London Street carpark, CBD
Contact:
     Chris Lusk, 0278763450, clusk@waikato.ac.nz
Grade:
       Easy / Medium

Online Butterfly course - learn about native butterflies and how to provide suitable habitat

5 week course, next one starting 1 July. $55
http://www.monarch.org.nz/monarch/projects/certified-butterfly-gardenhabitats/butterfly-gardening-course/

Conservation Volunteers

Thanks to a generous corporate supporter we have a limited number of funded places on our upcoming away projects. On these special projects we will cover the cost of your accommodation, transport and food. Hurry, book now and avoid disappointment!

Hikurangi, Whangarei    Mon 24 June 8am - Fri 28 June 4pm
Take up temporary lake-side residence, listen to the call of nearby Kiwi, walk among a stand of century old Kauri, breathe deep and enjoy life on this idyllic Hikurangi farm. On this fascinating project you will learn about the brown Kiwi; the native bush nearby is home to several Kiwi with a release of 110 pairs over the next few months already underway. This week we'll be monitoring and identifying individual Kiwi in their natural habitat, planting by the side of rivers, waterways and wetlands, water quality testing, including identification of macroinvertebrates, plant releasing as well as managing and monitoring animal pests.

Get off the beaten track and experience Kaipara at its best - Hanerau Farms, Kaipara Harbour  Mon 1 July 8am - Fri 5 July 4pm

Marvel at the serenity of this idyllic spot on the shores of the Kaipara Harbour. You will stay at Otueri Marae and be warmly welcomed onto this beautiful Marae with a traditional Powhiri. This week we will be water testing, planting and identying and managing environmental weeds. A keen fisherman, the Hanerau Farms owner is known among this close knit community for his freshly caught smoked fish. This week you will very likely enjoy a fish or two.

Waikato Peat Lakes  Mon 8 July 8am - Fri 12 July 4pm

Spend the week on this amazing project located in the largest collection of peat lake habitat in New Zealand. You'll visit a number of the magnificent lakes such as Lake Serpentine, Lake Rotokauri, Lake Ngaroto and Lake Mangakawere where you'll see species of wildlife that can't be found anywhere else. Rare native birds like the Australasian Bittern, White Heron, North Island Fernbird, Grey Teal and NZ Dabchick, endemic fish such as the Black Mudfish and the Giant Kokopu, native plant life and rare species of underwater algae all make their home here. This week we will stay at a Hunter's cottage. We will be planting, plant releasing, track and bridge building as well as hosting a school planting day.

Poutu Topu, Kaipara Harbour  Mon 15 July 8am - Fri 19 July 4pm

This week we will be visiting a Flagship Farm in the Kaipara Harbour catchment area. Located in Poutu Topu Peninsular, at the mouth of the Kaipara Harbour, this is an area that enjoys stunning scenery and a warm and welcoming rural community. Tasks will include the removal of woolly nightshade, planting, water quality testing, marine quadrant surveying, as well as fencing to protect the waterways from farm animals. Join us. Stay at the quaint farmers cottage and experience life on the farm in rural New Zealand.

Want more information?
Meeting Place: Conservation Volunteers, 3 Esplanade Road, Mt Eden. Away projects depart from our office on Monday 8am and return Friday 4pm.

Bookings are essential. If you would like to find out more or register please call 0800 56 76 86 or email info@conservationvolunteers.co.nz

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand runs a diverse range of conservation projects throughout New Zealand. Find out more on our website at www.conservationvolunteers.co.nz

 

 



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