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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Pest Free Piha Strategic Plan out for consultation

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Pest Free Piha is a new initiative to get Piha pest free by 2025. That means no animal pests – rats, possums, stoats, pigs – and no plant pests. The project aims to get Piha involved, street by street. PFP have just released a Pest Free Piha Strategic Plan 2018-2025. Pest Free Piha Plan 2018-2025  [ Read More ]

New Measures to help control kauri dieback spread

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Three measures that will strengthen efforts to save kauri trees from dieback disease were agreed by the Kauri Dieback Governance Group when they met yesterday (29 January 2018). It was agreed to put in place: a Controlled Area Notice for kauri dieback a National Pest Management Plan a Strategic Science Advisory Group. “These new measures  [ Read More ]

Northern dotterel chick killed by dog on N Piha beach

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Dotterel on North Piha beach – note tyre marks, another hazard Today (22 January) Ben Paris of Auckland Council biodiversity team was interviewed on Radio NZ about the recent attrack on a rare Northern Dotterel by a local dog. A dotterel pair as nested on the beach between the Marawhara and Wekatahi Streams for the  [ Read More ]

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Track closures follow report on kauri killer disease

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On 5 December Te Kawerau a Maki attended a meeting of the Auckland Council Environment and Community Committee to inform the committee it had placed a rahui over the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park which would prevent people from entering it, in the hope of allowing the kauri in the forest to heal. A recent report  [ Read More ]

Kauri Rescue Project awarded National Science Challenge funding

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A new project team comprising scientists, social scientists, iwi and community groups has gained two-year funding from the Government’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge http://www.biologicalheritage.nz/ one of only six successful projects out of 111 applications. Their exciting new project Kauri RescueTM otherwise known as the Community Control of Kauri Dieback: Tiaki m Kauri seeks to  [ Read More ]

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Nesting dotterels need protection at North Piha

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Auckland Council is moving to protect nesting dotterels in the dunes between the Marawhara and Wekatahi Streams. This is the first time for many years that dotterels have nested at Piha: there are thought to be only about 5 breeding pairs on the coast, at Te Henga and Whatipu. The Council will be taping off  [ Read More ]

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Lily Pond control under way

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After testing spraying in the Claude Abel Lily Pond, Parks has started to control the invasive Mexican water lily in the pond. The test spraying showed no residue of glyphosate, but the Dissolved Oxygen (DO) levels did come back slightly lower than when tested before the treatment. However, because of the naturally rotting Mexican water  [ Read More ]

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Pup from pound becomes kauri dieback super-sleuth

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On this week’s Purina pound pups to dog stars on TV1 was the heart-warming story about Paddy, a gorgeous golden lab that had been starved, beaten and confined, before being rescued and taken to SPCA. Highly aggressive around food, Paddy was faced with euthanasia, but was rescued by dog whisperer, Mark. With a hyper-sensitive nose,  [ Read More ]

Categories: Kauri dieback, news

Weeding bee tackles climbing asparagus

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About 20 keen weeders turned up with trowels, spades, loppers and niwashi to tackle a veritable field of climbing asparagus at the top of the old dune overlooking the Bowler and Domain. Organised by Pam Gill of Ecomatters as part of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board climbing asparagus blitz, the volunteers were pleased the rain  [ Read More ]

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Testing the Waters workshop discusses West Coast lagoons

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Community stakeholders met with Auckland Council regional stormwater team at Arataki Visitor Centre today to discuss action in cleaning up contaminated West Coast lagoons. Manager Phil Brown explained that on amalgamation Council “dropped the ball” on this issue, but there are now┬ánine parts of Council working collaboratively on solutions. The missing part was partnering with  [ Read More ]

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