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Archive for the ‘Pests & Threats’ 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 ]

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 ]

Categories: Green News, Kauri dieback, news

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

Wasp menace in the Waitakeres

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Posted 24 April 2014 Questions have been asked lately about what the Auckland Council is doing about the increase in wasps people are noting around Piha and the Waitakeres in general. I have received this update from Regional Parks and Biosecurity. Regional Parks is actively involved in the eradication of wasp nests In the Waitakere Ranges  [ Read More ]

Waitakere Ranges Local Board guides walk to Kauri Die back areas

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Waitakere Ranges Local Board today (5 April 2014) led a successful walk along the Maungaroa Ridge Track, where the first unusual symptoms on kauri trees were seen by a Piha local in 2006. Starting in Bush and Beach mini-buses at Glen Eden Railway Station, the group went to the Poleline Track off Anawhata Road. Auckland  [ Read More ]

Rabbit bait stations at North Piha

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Local and Sports Parks West is warning people that it has four bait stations for rabbits in Les Waygood Park, along the seaward edge of the karo forest (see map below). All the stations are fenced with stock-proof fence which would deter humans and large animals, though small animals could get in. The Pindone bait  [ Read More ]

Categories: Animal pests, Green News, news

Glorious Kauri Grove Track

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Yesterday (Saturday 3 March) went for a walk in the Waitakeres. After much looking at maps and arguing, we decided we would take the car up to Piha Road, and walk down the Lucy Cranwell Track and back up Kauri Grove Track,  both tracks we had not done before. It is constantly amazing that there are  [ Read More ]

Beat the Blues – cast out those aggies

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Protect Piha Heritage folk have been out and about Piha delivering leaflets to remind property owners that they can help stop the spread of agapanthus. This African native can overtake native plants, and form large clumps that block stormwater drains, and invade inaccessible coastal cliffs and shadey forest. They tolerate most conditions – wet or  [ Read More ]