April 2017

Tackling Tradescantia at Te Wairoa

Saturday 1 April 2017, 9:30am

Te Wairoa is a small Forest & Bird reserve off Mountain Road, Inglewood (Highway 3A: turn down Clearview Road). It is largely mature forest with a small wetland area at its foot. A small group of Forest &Bird weedbusters meet on the first Saturday of every month at 9.30 and work until 11.30. We are steadily freeing the bush area of Tradescantia (aka wandering jew), although we recognise that this will be an ongoing problem, probably forever! We pull the weed and bag it up, and are leaving most of the bags on site to rot down although occasionally it gets taken away, mowed and re-bag it, so it breaks down more rapidly.  It’s up to the individual what they bring. Gloves are good because some people are allergic to the plant, and it can be good to have something to kneel on. Rakes, spades, trowels can be useful but are not essential.  All are welcome. It’s surprisingly satisfying and the bush is lovely.

It’s helpful if anyone who wants to join us emails me (jhunt@ihug.co.nz) to let me know their intention in case the weather is foul and we decide not to go, as happened on a number of occasions in 2014.

Region: Taranaki

Friends of the Whau Weekend Weeding Bees

Sunday 2 April 2017, 10:00am

If you are tied up during the week and would like to become involved with Friends of the Whau's project busting weeds along the Whau River, we now have an opportunity for you to join us for a morning on the first Sunday of every month. Anyone can join up, all are welcome to get active helping us looking after and learning about  our stream sides, again a range of tasks and sites.

Get in touch with Sandra (021 295 0302) or email sandra@whauriver.org.nz if you’d like to join the email list for this informal group.

Region: Auckland

Trelissick Park Sunday Weeding Bee

Sunday 2 April 2017, 1:00pm

Trelissick Park (Wellington) is located in and around the valleys of the Kaiwharawhara and Korimako Streams and includes the Ngaio Gorge. It is part of the ecological corridor between the Harbour and outer green belt and contains areas of original forest remnant. The Trelissick Park Group have been working since 1991 to restore the park to a beautiful wilderness area by clearing weeds and replanting with native trees. Working bees are usually held on the first Sunday afternoon and second Tuesday morning of each month. Bring gardening gloves and hand tools if you have them. Wear weather/sun protection and sturdy boots. Refreshments are provided. 

Further information is on www.trelissickpark.org.nz, or from Peter Reimann on 04 938 9602. 

Region: Wellington

Mahoe Reserve Weedbusting

Sunday 2 April 2017, 2:00pm

The Mahoe Reserve, situated in Boundary Road, Lincoln, opposite the High School is a native regeneration project that was started by Lincoln High School students and members of the local community in an old shingle pit. It is now looked after by the Mahoe Committee, a subcommittee of the Lincoln Envirotown Trust. We are recreating vegetation similar to the scrub, woodland and forest that was prevalent in the Lincoln area up until a few thousand years ago when the Waimakariri river changed its course and came through the Lincoln area.  This explains the presence of the shingle beds.  The recovering woody vegetation then was destroyed again by fires around 700 years ago and later by the introduction of agriculture and permanent settlement about 150 years ago. The plants used in the restoration are all locally sourced to be genetically as close as possible to the original plants. Planting was started in 2003. Unfortunately the shingle pit was used as an unofficial rubbish dump for many years, including for garden waste. This may explain the problems we have with weeds, including convolvulus, hemlock, gorse, broom and many, many other weeds. 

Working bees are held on the first Sunday of the month, starting at 2.00pm.  Volunteers need to bring tools, hats, sunscreen, their own refreshments, however there is a water fountain at the Reserve.

Contact Sue Jarvis 03 329 5858 for more information. More information about the reserve can be found on: www.lincolnenvirotown.org.nz

Region: Canterbury

Charlesworth Reserve Weedbusting

Sunday 2 April 2017, 3:00pm

Charlesworth Wetland Reserve is a 20ha coastal wetland.  The Christchurch City Council purchased this wetland that was drained and used for farmland for many years  In 2007 the Avon-Heathcote Ihutai Estuary Trust agreed to make this retoration project a trust project and in 2014 wetland plant number 100.000 was placed in the ground.  Weed control being the key factor to the success of this project. Boneseed, convolvulus, grass invasion needing constant control. The volunteers meet every Sunday between 3 and 5pm. Meet at Charlesworth Street Carpark for instruction from the Park Ranger.   Tools are provided but you will need to wear old clothes, sturdy boots and a hat.

For more information contact info@estuary.org.nz

Region: Canterbury

Puketi Forest Weedbusting

Tuesday 4 April 2017, 12:00am

The Puketi Weedbusters Group carry out a variety of weedbusting and planting activities in various parts of Puketi Forest. They have a regular morning of weedbusting which is normally on the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information contact Dan O’Halloran on 4070311 or dohalloran@doc.govt.nz .

Region: Northland

Nga Uruora Kapiti Weeding Bees

Tuesday 4 April 2017, 9:00am

Nga Uruora Kapiti Project (Inc) is a community based conservation project set up in 1997 to reverse the drastic decline of coastal forest on the escarpment between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay and bring back the dawn chorus. We meet every Tuesday morning to undertake planting in the winter and weed control in the summer. We also maintain our network of tracks. New volunteers are welcome.

Contact Peter Kentish at pk2003_595@hotmail.com or call him 04 298 1255 or 021 027 70520.

Region: Wellington

Ohinetahi Reserve Weedbusting

Tuesday 4 April 2017, 9:00am

The Ohinetahi group of the Summit Road Society meet every Tuesday from 9:00am to 3:00pm to maintain the Ohinetahi Reserve, 150 hectares of regenerating native forest on the steep hillside situated above Governors Bay. We are not short of weeds, and you can expect to encounter gorse, broom, old man's beard, banana passionfruit and Darwin's barberry among others. If you are not able to work the full day or every week that is not a problem. Any contribution is welcome. Transport can be provided from the Sign of the Takahe. Equipment needed is gloves, secateurs, loppers, saw and grubber/spade. We can provide some tools if needed. Bring morning tea and lunch.

Contact Anne Kennedy, email kennedyz@xtra.co.nz or phone 337 0364.

Region: Canterbury

Maungawhau-Mt Eden Weedbusting

Tuesday 4 April 2017, 9:30am

Friends of Maungawhau gather every Tuesday 0930 at top of Batger Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland to work on eco-restoration on Maungawhau-Mt Eden, usually removing a range of weeds.  Dress as for gardening with long sleeves, long pants, strong shoes for the steep, stony terrain. Gloves, tools, hi-vis vests provided. We work till about 1200-1230 with morning tea at 1100.  Our preference is for locals who may become regulars, but anyone is welcome.

Contact Jean Barton on 09 630 7010 or at keith_ayton@hotmail.com or info@maungawhau.co.nz.

Region: Auckland

Project Island Song Weedbusters

Wednesday 5 April 2017, 9:00am

Project Island Song Weedbusters meets every Wednesday, weather and boat transport permitting. We leave from either Paihia wharf or Waitangi wharf at 9am and return at 4pm or later. Our team has 7 members; during the summer and early autumn group size is not a problem as we go out to Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka, with the Explore Group. However, from mid-autumn to late spring we travel in a much smaller private boat which has a limit of 6 passengers - this takes us to Moturua and other islands. There are sometimes vacancies though. contact barbara2parris@gmail.com by the afternoon of the preceding Monday for more information. If you have a boat that will take more than 6 passengers and want to come weedbusting, we would really love to hear from you!

Region: Northland

Kowhai Park First Wednesday Weeding Bee

Wednesday 5 April 2017, 9:30am

The Kowhai Park Project is an ongoing forest regeneration initiative in Kowhai Park, a scenic and historic bush reserve close to the centre of Warkworth on the Mahurangi Coast north of Auckland. It is supported by Auckland Council and Mid-North Forest and Bird with assistance from members of TOSSI.  The underlying rock is limestone which was quarried in the late 1800's, the lime being slaked in the kilns near the entrance to the park. These kilns are thought to be the oldest example of industrial architecture in New Zealand, dating back to the 1860's. There are a number of mature kauri and totara on the ridges above the Mill Stream which meanders through the length of the reserve. Being a convenient stop for travelers between Auckland and Whangarei and the Bay of Islands, Kowhai Park receives many visitors. Natural re-vegetation is occurring and with it an increase in wildlife.  Due to its natural and historical features the reserve needs to be protected after years of neglect. The major weed is tradescantia (Tradescantia fluminensis), plus areas of montbretiaand privet.  Weeding sessions are held on the first and third Wednesday of every month between 09.30am and 12.00 noon. We supply bags and gardening gloves if needed. We generally hand pick Tradescantia, as this is found to be most effective.  Please bring kneeling pads, hats, morning tea, and a big smile!

Contact Tim Ellison on 022-037-2900 at tim.ellison@hotmail.co.nz

Region: Auckland

Ahuriri Estuary Weedbusters

Thursday 6 April 2017, 8:30am

The Ahuriri Estuary is a wildlife refuge near the Napier Airport. The Ahuriri Estuary Group has been meeting regularly since 2002 to control weeds (take your pick!), replant with natives and generally keep the estuary beautiful. We meet on the first Thursday of every month (bar January) between 8:30 am and noon at the Humber Street carpark (Pandora Pond).  Be gardening fit, and wear gardening clothes and shoes. We will have most gear as needed but if you have a favourite pair of secateurs bring them along. It can get very cold in winter so appropriate cold and wet weather gear in season.  Other tools and morning tea are provided.

Occasionally the meeting place can vary so if you would like to join us, or would like more information about us or the estuary contact Barbara Curtis at the Napier Office of the Department of Conservation, 06 834 3111.  

Region: East Coast-Hawkes Bay

Tuff Crater Thursday Weeding Bees

Thursday 6 April 2017, 9:00am

Tuff Crater is North Shore Forest & Bird’s key restoration project. At our working bees we work on weed control. We can cater for all levels of fitness and newcomers are assured of a warm welcome. Some equipment is available but if possible bring a spade, gloves, hand saw, pruners. A grubber is useful.  Access to the site is from the end of Warehouse Way, Northcote. 

For more information contact Anne Denny ph 480 5570

If you’d like to be on the regular email notification list for work days please email northshore.branch@forestandbird.org.nz. Training on weed recognition and weed control can be arranged.

For more information see http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/branches/northshore

Region: Auckland

Whakatane Harbour Care Group Weeding Bee

Friday 7 April 2017, 10:00am

The Whakatane Harbour Care Group meet each Friday 8-10am at the McGarvey Road carpark, Whakatane, to do some releasing around our plant sites, or tackle other weeds in the salt marsh, followed by a cup of tea.  Volunteers are welcome. Wear gumboots and gardening gloves.  We can supply some gardening tools. 

For more information contact Gaye on 0274 034 598.

Region: Bay of Plenty

Tuff Crater Saturday Weeding Bees

Saturday 8 April 2017, 9:00am

Tuff Crater is North Shore Forest & Bird’s key restoration project. At our working bees we work on weed control. We can cater for all levels of fitness and newcomers are assured of a warm welcome. Some equipment is available but if possible bring a spade, gloves, hand saw, pruners. A grubber is useful.  Access to the site is from the end of Warehouse Way, Northcote. 

For more information contact Richard Hursthouse ph 410 5339.

If you’d like to be on the regular email notification list for work days please email northshore.branch@forestandbird.org.nz. Training on weed recognition and weed control can be arranged.

For more information see http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/branches/northshore

Region: Auckland

Charlesworth Reserve Weedbusting

Sunday 9 April 2017, 3:00pm

Charlesworth Wetland Reserve is a 20ha coastal wetland.  The Christchurch City Council purchased this wetland that was drained and used for farmland for many years  In 2007 the Avon-Heathcote Ihutai Estuary Trust agreed to make this retoration project a trust project and in 2014 wetland plant number 100.000 was placed in the ground.  Weed control being the key factor to the success of this project. Boneseed, convolvulus, grass invasion needing constant control. The volunteers meet every Sunday between 3 and 5pm. Meet at Charlesworth Street Carpark for instruction from the Park Ranger.   Tools are provided but you will need to wear old clothes, sturdy boots and a hat.

For more information contact info@estuary.org.nz

Region: Canterbury

Kerikeri Basin Second Monday Weedbusting

Monday 10 April 2017, 12:00am

The Kerikeri Basin Weedbusters work in the Kerikeri River Scenic Reserve and its buffer zone, the Kerikeri Basin Recreational reserve, over the river from the Stone Store and the Mission House. The group meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 9am to noon, and has been going for 11 years. In the scenic reserve, which is regenerating lowland podocarp-broadleaf forest, we deal mainly with tradescantia, climbing asparagus and African club moss, together with kahili ginger, arum lilies, loquats, monkey apples, Taiwan cherries, jasmine and Bangalow palms. In the recreational reserve we deal with Japanese honeysuckle, tobacco weed, kahili ginger, Taiwan cherry, moth plant and banana passionfruit to prevent their spread into the scenic reserve. Volunteers are welcome. 

Email Barbara Parris, barbara2parris@gmail.com for more information.  

Region: Northland

Trelissick Park Tuesdays Weeding Bee

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 8:00am

Trelissick Park (Wellington) is located in and around the valleys of the Kaiwharawhara and Korimako Streams and includes the Ngaio Gorge. It is part of the ecological corridor between the Harbour and outer green belt and contains areas of original forest remnant. The Trelissick Park Group have been working since 1991 to restore the park to a beautiful wilderness area by clearing weeds and replanting with native trees. Working bees are usually held on the first Sunday afternoon and second Tuesday morning of each month. Bring gardening gloves and hand tools if you have them. Wear weather/sun protection and sturdy boots. Refreshments are provided. 

Further information is on www.trelissickpark.org.nz, or from Peter Reimann on 04 938 9602. 

Region: Wellington

Nga Uruora Kapiti Weeding Bees

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 9:00am

Nga Uruora Kapiti Project (Inc) is a community based conservation project set up in 1997 to reverse the drastic decline of coastal forest on the escarpment between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay and bring back the dawn chorus. We meet every Tuesday morning to undertake planting in the winter and weed control in the summer. We also maintain our network of tracks. New volunteers are welcome.

Contact Peter Kentish at pk2003_595@hotmail.com or call him 04 298 1255 or 021 027 70520.

Region: Wellington

Ohinetahi Reserve Weedbusting

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 9:00am

The Ohinetahi group of the Summit Road Society meet every Tuesday from 9:00am to 3:00pm to maintain the Ohinetahi Reserve, 150 hectares of regenerating native forest on the steep hillside situated above Governors Bay. We are not short of weeds, and you can expect to encounter gorse, broom, old man's beard, banana passionfruit and Darwin's barberry among others. If you are not able to work the full day or every week that is not a problem. Any contribution is welcome. Transport can be provided from the Sign of the Takahe. Equipment needed is gloves, secateurs, loppers, saw and grubber/spade. We can provide some tools if needed. Bring morning tea and lunch.

Contact Anne Kennedy, email kennedyz@xtra.co.nz or phone 337 0364.

Region: Canterbury

Maungawhau-Mt Eden Weedbusting

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 9:30am

Friends of Maungawhau gather every Tuesday 0930 at top of Batger Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland to work on eco-restoration on Maungawhau-Mt Eden, usually removing a range of weeds.  Dress as for gardening with long sleeves, long pants, strong shoes for the steep, stony terrain. Gloves, tools, hi-vis vests provided. We work till about 1200-1230 with morning tea at 1100.  Our preference is for locals who may become regulars, but anyone is welcome.

Contact Jean Barton on 09 630 7010 or at keith_ayton@hotmail.com or info@maungawhau.co.nz.

Region: Auckland

Project Island Song Weedbusters

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 9:00am

Project Island Song Weedbusters meets every Wednesday, weather and boat transport permitting. We leave from either Paihia wharf or Waitangi wharf at 9am and return at 4pm or later. Our team has 7 members; during the summer and early autumn group size is not a problem as we go out to Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka, with the Explore Group. However, from mid-autumn to late spring we travel in a much smaller private boat which has a limit of 6 passengers - this takes us to Moturua and other islands. There are sometimes vacancies though. contact barbara2parris@gmail.com by the afternoon of the preceding Monday for more information. If you have a boat that will take more than 6 passengers and want to come weedbusting, we would really love to hear from you!

Region: Northland

Tuff Crater Thursday Weeding Bees

Thursday 13 April 2017, 9:00am

Tuff Crater is North Shore Forest & Bird’s key restoration project. At our working bees we work on weed control. We can cater for all levels of fitness and newcomers are assured of a warm welcome. Some equipment is available but if possible bring a spade, gloves, hand saw, pruners. A grubber is useful.  Access to the site is from the end of Warehouse Way, Northcote. 

For more information contact Anne Denny ph 480 5570

If you’d like to be on the regular email notification list for work days please email northshore.branch@forestandbird.org.nz. Training on weed recognition and weed control can be arranged.

For more information see http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/branches/northshore

Region: Auckland

Whakatane Harbour Care Group Weeding Bee

Friday 14 April 2017, 10:00am

The Whakatane Harbour Care Group meet each Friday 8-10am at the McGarvey Road carpark, Whakatane, to do some releasing around our plant sites, or tackle other weeds in the salt marsh, followed by a cup of tea.  Volunteers are welcome. Wear gumboots and gardening gloves.  We can supply some gardening tools. 

For more information contact Gaye on 0274 034 598.

Region: Bay of Plenty

Huia Weed Warriors Weeding Bee

Saturday 15 April 2017, 9:00am

Huia Weed Warriors meets the third Saturday of the month. We meet at the Huia store at 9am and weed until 11 am. We have been weeding for 11 years in the area between Foster Bay Rd and the sea. This year our main focus will be the Foster Bay walkway. The weeds we will be concentrating on are removal of ginger, Arum lilies, tradescantia , to name a few. All you will need is a hat, gloves, a grubber if you have one, and a water bottle.

Contact Judy Browne  Ph 0211771772.

Region: Auckland

Motutapu Island Extreme Weeding Bee

Sunday 16 April 2017, 8:15am

The Motutapu Restoration Trust has regular ‘extreme’ weeding bees on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of each month. The target weed is moth plant – which, if left uncontrolled, threatens the native forest on Motutapu Island (the island next to Rangitoto). The work is tough. A high level of fitness is required. Moth plant produces a sap which can irritate the skin. We recommend you wear light loose clothing that covers your arms and legs, a sunhat and sturdy footwear (as much of the work is on slopes). You need to bring your own lunch (there are no shops on the island) and drink lots of water (we recommend using a camelback so that your hands are free). We provide tools. Motutapu is an island, transport is by ferry. The cost of the ferry is $21.50 (with an approved volunteer card which we give to you when you ‘check in’ with us on the morning of departure) and biosecurity guidelines apply when landing on this island.

For more information or to register for each volunteer day email admin@motutapu.org.nz or contact Belinda on 027-5570845 or 09-5220919. Registration is essential.

Region: Auckland

Charlesworth Reserve Weedbusting

Sunday 16 April 2017, 3:00pm

Charlesworth Wetland Reserve is a 20ha coastal wetland.  The Christchurch City Council purchased this wetland that was drained and used for farmland for many years  In 2007 the Avon-Heathcote Ihutai Estuary Trust agreed to make this retoration project a trust project and in 2014 wetland plant number 100.000 was placed in the ground.  Weed control being the key factor to the success of this project. Boneseed, convolvulus, grass invasion needing constant control. The volunteers meet every Sunday between 3 and 5pm. Meet at Charlesworth Street Carpark for instruction from the Park Ranger.   Tools are provided but you will need to wear old clothes, sturdy boots and a hat.

For more information contact info@estuary.org.nz

Region: Canterbury

Nga Uruora Kapiti Weeding Bees

Tuesday 18 April 2017, 9:00am

Nga Uruora Kapiti Project (Inc) is a community based conservation project set up in 1997 to reverse the drastic decline of coastal forest on the escarpment between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay and bring back the dawn chorus. We meet every Tuesday morning to undertake planting in the winter and weed control in the summer. We also maintain our network of tracks. New volunteers are welcome.

Contact Peter Kentish at pk2003_595@hotmail.com or call him 04 298 1255 or 021 027 70520.

Region: Wellington

Ohinetahi Reserve Weedbusting

Tuesday 18 April 2017, 9:00am

The Ohinetahi group of the Summit Road Society meet every Tuesday from 9:00am to 3:00pm to maintain the Ohinetahi Reserve, 150 hectares of regenerating native forest on the steep hillside situated above Governors Bay. We are not short of weeds, and you can expect to encounter gorse, broom, old man's beard, banana passionfruit and Darwin's barberry among others. If you are not able to work the full day or every week that is not a problem. Any contribution is welcome. Transport can be provided from the Sign of the Takahe. Equipment needed is gloves, secateurs, loppers, saw and grubber/spade. We can provide some tools if needed. Bring morning tea and lunch.

Contact Anne Kennedy, email kennedyz@xtra.co.nz or phone 337 0364.

Region: Canterbury

Maungawhau-Mt Eden Weedbusting

Tuesday 18 April 2017, 9:30am

Friends of Maungawhau gather every Tuesday 0930 at top of Batger Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland to work on eco-restoration on Maungawhau-Mt Eden, usually removing a range of weeds.  Dress as for gardening with long sleeves, long pants, strong shoes for the steep, stony terrain. Gloves, tools, hi-vis vests provided. We work till about 1200-1230 with morning tea at 1100.  Our preference is for locals who may become regulars, but anyone is welcome.

Contact Jean Barton on 09 630 7010 or at keith_ayton@hotmail.com or info@maungawhau.co.nz.

Region: Auckland

Project Island Song Weedbusters

Wednesday 19 April 2017, 9:00am

Project Island Song Weedbusters meets every Wednesday, weather and boat transport permitting. We leave from either Paihia wharf or Waitangi wharf at 9am and return at 4pm or later. Our team has 7 members; during the summer and early autumn group size is not a problem as we go out to Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka, with the Explore Group. However, from mid-autumn to late spring we travel in a much smaller private boat which has a limit of 6 passengers - this takes us to Moturua and other islands. There are sometimes vacancies though. contact barbara2parris@gmail.com by the afternoon of the preceding Monday for more information. If you have a boat that will take more than 6 passengers and want to come weedbusting, we would really love to hear from you!

Region: Northland

Kowhai Park Third Wednesday Weeding Bees

Wednesday 19 April 2017, 9:30am

The Kowhai Park Project is an ongoing forest regeneration initiative in Kowhai Park, a scenic and historic bush reserve close to the centre of Warkworth on the Mahurangi Coast north of Auckland. It is supported by Auckland Council and Mid-North Forest and Bird with assistance from members of TOSSI.  The underlying rock is limestone which was quarried in the late 1800's, the lime being slaked in the kilns near the entrance to the park. These kilns are thought to be the oldest example of industrial architecture in New Zealand, dating back to the 1860's. There are a number of mature kauri and totara on the ridges above the Mill Stream which meanders through the length of the reserve. Being a convenient stop for travelers between Auckland and Whangarei and the Bay of Islands, Kowhai Park receives many visitors. Natural re-vegetation is occurring and with it an increase in wildlife.  Due to its natural and historical features the reserve needs to be protected after years of neglect. The major weed is tradescantia (Tradescantia fluminensis), plus areas of montbretiaand privet.  Weeding sessions are held on the first and third Wednesday of every month between 09.30am and 12.00 noon. We supply bags and gardening gloves if needed. We generally hand pick Tradescantia, as this is found to be most effective.  Please bring kneeling pads, hats, morning tea, and a big smile!

Contact Tim Ellison on 022-037-2900 at tim.ellison@hotmail.co.nz

Region: Auckland

Tuff Crater Thursday Weeding Bees

Thursday 20 April 2017, 9:00am

Tuff Crater is North Shore Forest & Bird’s key restoration project. At our working bees we work on weed control. We can cater for all levels of fitness and newcomers are assured of a warm welcome. Some equipment is available but if possible bring a spade, gloves, hand saw, pruners. A grubber is useful.  Access to the site is from the end of Warehouse Way, Northcote. 

For more information contact Anne Denny ph 480 5570

If you’d like to be on the regular email notification list for work days please email northshore.branch@forestandbird.org.nz. Training on weed recognition and weed control can be arranged.

For more information see http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/branches/northshore

Region: Auckland

Omahu Bush Weedbusting

Friday 21 April 2017, 12:00am

Omahu Bush is situated at the southern end of Christchurch's Port Hills, comprising around 180 hectares of remnant and regenerating native forest, native tussock and the iconic prominent volcanic landmark of Gibraltar Rock. Although not as modified as Ohinetahi Reserve, weeds are still a problem, particularly gorse, broom and some Darwin's barberry. The Omahu Bush group of the Summit Road Society would welcome assistance to deal with these plant pests on the third Friday of each month. Equipment needed is gloves, secateurs, loppers, saw and grubber/spade. We can provide some tools if needed. Bring morning tea and lunch. Car pooling from Christchurch can be arranged.

Contact Paul Tebbutt, email stabbutt@clear.net.nz or phone 384 3086.

Region: Canterbury

Whakatane Harbour Care Group Weeding Bee

Friday 21 April 2017, 10:00am

The Whakatane Harbour Care Group meet each Friday 8-10am at the McGarvey Road carpark, Whakatane, to do some releasing around our plant sites, or tackle other weeds in the salt marsh, followed by a cup of tea.  Volunteers are welcome. Wear gumboots and gardening gloves.  We can supply some gardening tools. 

For more information contact Gaye on 0274 034 598.

Region: Bay of Plenty

Charlesworth Reserve Weedbusting

Sunday 23 April 2017, 3:00pm

Charlesworth Wetland Reserve is a 20ha coastal wetland.  The Christchurch City Council purchased this wetland that was drained and used for farmland for many years  In 2007 the Avon-Heathcote Ihutai Estuary Trust agreed to make this retoration project a trust project and in 2014 wetland plant number 100.000 was placed in the ground.  Weed control being the key factor to the success of this project. Boneseed, convolvulus, grass invasion needing constant control. The volunteers meet every Sunday between 3 and 5pm. Meet at Charlesworth Street Carpark for instruction from the Park Ranger.   Tools are provided but you will need to wear old clothes, sturdy boots and a hat.

For more information contact info@estuary.org.nz

Region: Canterbury

Kerikeri Basin Fourth Monday Weedbusting

Monday 24 April 2017, 9:00am

The Kerikeri Basin Weedbusters work in the Kerikeri River Scenic Reserve and its buffer zone, the Kerikeri Basin Recreational reserve, over the river from the Stone Store and the Mission House. The group meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 9am to noon, and has been going for 11 years. In the scenic reserve, which is regenerating lowland podocarp-broadleaf forest, we deal mainly with tradescantia, climbing asparagus and African club moss, together with kahili ginger, arum lilies, loquats, monkey apples, Taiwan cherries, jasmine and Bangalow palms. In the recreational reserve we deal with Japanese honeysuckle, tobacco weed, kahili ginger, Taiwan cherry, moth plant and banana passionfruit to prevent their spread into the scenic reserve. Volunteers are welcome. 

Email Barbara Parris, barbara2parris@gmail.com for more information.  

Region: Northland

Nga Uruora Kapiti Weeding Bees

Tuesday 25 April 2017, 9:00am

Nga Uruora Kapiti Project (Inc) is a community based conservation project set up in 1997 to reverse the drastic decline of coastal forest on the escarpment between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay and bring back the dawn chorus. We meet every Tuesday morning to undertake planting in the winter and weed control in the summer. We also maintain our network of tracks. New volunteers are welcome.

Contact Peter Kentish at pk2003_595@hotmail.com or call him 04 298 1255 or 021 027 70520.

Region: Wellington

Ohinetahi Reserve Weedbusting

Tuesday 25 April 2017, 9:00am

The Ohinetahi group of the Summit Road Society meet every Tuesday from 9:00am to 3:00pm to maintain the Ohinetahi Reserve, 150 hectares of regenerating native forest on the steep hillside situated above Governors Bay. We are not short of weeds, and you can expect to encounter gorse, broom, old man's beard, banana passionfruit and Darwin's barberry among others. If you are not able to work the full day or every week that is not a problem. Any contribution is welcome. Transport can be provided from the Sign of the Takahe. Equipment needed is gloves, secateurs, loppers, saw and grubber/spade. We can provide some tools if needed. Bring morning tea and lunch.

Contact Anne Kennedy, email kennedyz@xtra.co.nz or phone 337 0364.

Region: Canterbury

Maungawhau-Mt Eden Weedbusting

Tuesday 25 April 2017, 9:30am

Friends of Maungawhau gather every Tuesday 0930 at top of Batger Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland to work on eco-restoration on Maungawhau-Mt Eden, usually removing a range of weeds.  Dress as for gardening with long sleeves, long pants, strong shoes for the steep, stony terrain. Gloves, tools, hi-vis vests provided. We work till about 1200-1230 with morning tea at 1100.  Our preference is for locals who may become regulars, but anyone is welcome.

Contact Jean Barton on 09 630 7010 or at keith_ayton@hotmail.com or info@maungawhau.co.nz.

Region: Auckland

Project Island Song Weedbusters

Wednesday 26 April 2017, 9:00am

Project Island Song Weedbusters meets every Wednesday, weather and boat transport permitting. We leave from either Paihia wharf or Waitangi wharf at 9am and return at 4pm or later. Our team has 7 members; during the summer and early autumn group size is not a problem as we go out to Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka, with the Explore Group. However, from mid-autumn to late spring we travel in a much smaller private boat which has a limit of 6 passengers - this takes us to Moturua and other islands. There are sometimes vacancies though. contact barbara2parris@gmail.com by the afternoon of the preceding Monday for more information. If you have a boat that will take more than 6 passengers and want to come weedbusting, we would really love to hear from you!

Region: Northland

Tuff Crater Thursday Weeding Bees

Thursday 27 April 2017, 9:00am

Tuff Crater is North Shore Forest & Bird’s key restoration project. At our working bees we work on weed control. We can cater for all levels of fitness and newcomers are assured of a warm welcome. Some equipment is available but if possible bring a spade, gloves, hand saw, pruners. A grubber is useful.  Access to the site is from the end of Warehouse Way, Northcote. 

For more information contact Anne Denny ph 480 5570

If you’d like to be on the regular email notification list for work days please email northshore.branch@forestandbird.org.nz. Training on weed recognition and weed control can be arranged.

For more information see http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/branches/northshore

Region: Auckland

Whakatane Harbour Care Group Weeding Bee

Friday 28 April 2017, 10:00am

The Whakatane Harbour Care Group meet each Friday 8-10am at the McGarvey Road carpark, Whakatane, to do some releasing around our plant sites, or tackle other weeds in the salt marsh, followed by a cup of tea.  Volunteers are welcome. Wear gumboots and gardening gloves.  We can supply some gardening tools. 

For more information contact Gaye on 0274 034 598.

Region: Bay of Plenty

Mt Victoria Weeding Bee

Sunday 30 April 2017, 10:00am

The Mt Victoria Bush Regeneration Group has a monthly weeding session from 10am for a couple of hours, on the last Sunday of each month starting on 22 February 2015.  We meet at the map up the driveway from Palliser Road, Mt Victoria, Wellington in Charles Plimmer Park (part of the Mt Victoria town belt park).  We weed all sorts in this part of the town belt to encourage native plants to seed and grow, and prepare sites for winter planting. Thorny Elaeagnus is one of our top weeds so protect your arms and legs, and boots can be good on the uneven hilly slopes.  All welcome - bring gloves and your favourite weeding tool. 

Contact Ellen on 021 1067139 for more information

Region: Wellington

Clearing Weeds from Central Park

Sunday 30 April 2017, 10:00am

Upstream - Friends of Central Park - Wellington have a working bee on the last Sunday of every month, from 10.00 - 12.00. We usually weed (mainly tradescantia), clearing the stream bed and banks of invasive weeds, and plant natives and some exotics in keeping with the history and established plantings of Central Park. Meet at The Jetty, along the main path by the stream. We provide refreshments for morning tea. Everyone is welcome.

More information or weather checks from Lynne White at all.whites@xtra.co.nz.

Region: Wellington

Urumau Reserve Weedbusting

Sunday 30 April 2017, 1:00pm

The Lyttelton Reserves Management Committee (LRMC) run a weeding bee on the last Sunday of each month in Urumau Reserve on the eastern slopes of Lyttelton. Controlling the weeds in Urumau Reserve complements the LRMC’s planting project on the lower slopes of the reserve where we are aiming to create an ecological barrier between the town and reserve. The weeds that we are targeting are boneseed, sycamore, and old man’s beard but we come across other weeds that we also dispatch. If you have a couple of hours to spare, bring your favourite gardening gloves, pruning saw and/or secateurs and meet up at the entrance steps at the end of Foster Tce at 1 pm. Some tools are available at this point. The terrain is steep so you will need sturdy footwear. If it is raining or the ground is very wet, the working bee will be postponed until the following month. For more information contact lytteltonreserves@hotmail.co.nz.

Region: Canterbury

Charlesworth Reserve Weedbusting

Sunday 30 April 2017, 3:00pm

Charlesworth Wetland Reserve is a 20ha coastal wetland.  The Christchurch City Council purchased this wetland that was drained and used for farmland for many years  In 2007 the Avon-Heathcote Ihutai Estuary Trust agreed to make this retoration project a trust project and in 2014 wetland plant number 100.000 was placed in the ground.  Weed control being the key factor to the success of this project. Boneseed, convolvulus, grass invasion needing constant control. The volunteers meet every Sunday between 3 and 5pm. Meet at Charlesworth Street Carpark for instruction from the Park Ranger.   Tools are provided but you will need to wear old clothes, sturdy boots and a hat.

For more information contact info@estuary.org.nz

Region: Canterbury