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Lessons Learned from the Native Planting Masterclass

Lessons Learned from the Native Planting Masterclass

Lessons Learned from the Native Planting Masterclass Just over 20 participants were engrossed in the discussion facilitated by David Tripp at his home in Longbush on Saturday 27th April 2024.  The expert panel included Trevor Thompson (QEII National Trust), Rachel...

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Friends of Solway Reserve Labour of Love

Friends of Solway Reserve Labour of Love

Solway Reserve, at the end of William Donald Drive, is another hidden gem of the Masterton landscape.  However, like many of our urban native forest remnants, it was sorely neglected.  Pest plant species became established and Masterton District Council closed the...

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Greytown next in line to tackle predators

Greytown next in line to tackle predators

  Article courtesy of  LUCY COOPER, Reporter. Wairarapa Times Age 7th December 2023 "Katie Abbott, Communications Coordinator at Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa Alliance [WaiP2K] is "confident a Predator Free group in Greytown is not far away" after a well-attended...

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Nurturing Nature in your Neighbourhood

Nurturing Nature in your Neighbourhood

What’s over your back fence? Is there a little spot nearby that could do with a little bit of love? A hop, skip and a jump from the Philps family home is a small, special place where a little bit of love has made a whole lot of difference. A little creek which forms...

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Along the Valley: The Long Habitat Project

Along the Valley: The Long Habitat Project

“New Zealand falcons fly through this valley,” says Alison Dye, her eyes lifting to the grassy hillside which forms one edge of the lower part of the valley. “Bats fly through this valley. All sorts of native species use this valley as a corridor. What we want, is to...

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Pest plant field trip as easy as ABC

Pest plant field trip as easy as ABC

We had the perfect weather window to kick off our first pest plant field trip hosted by WaiP2K and facilitated by the incredibly knowledgeable Peter Russell from Aotearoa Biodiversity Conservation (ABC Ltd). We visited three sites that demonstrated a variety of...

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A tribute to the Friends of Ōnoke Spit

A tribute to the Friends of Ōnoke Spit

Beyond the fence which local landowners donated to protect the nesting grounds, and behind the “please stay on the track” signs, the wheel marks of a vehicle form overlapping loops in the sand. They crisscross the archaeological remains of midden and fire pit site,...

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Eco moves in the neighbourhood

Eco moves in the neighbourhood

Karyn Burgess and Nadia McRae sharing the story of Project Awatotara  Photo: Lucy Cooper Story by Lucy Cooper  A community garden and stream restoration tour has marked the beginning of Neighbour’s Month for one Masterton location.  The Meet the Street event in...

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Connecting Community Through Conservation

Connecting Community Through Conservation

The Awatotara Project is about a stream – a little urban stream that’s been modified and overlooked over the years, but has quietly carried on doing what it does – carrying water from the golf course precinct of Masteron, into the Waipoua River. But it’s also about...

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Proactive Approach for Parkvale

Proactive Approach for Parkvale

Lisa Stevenson and her husband John believe it’s important for farmers to have a say on environmental regulations which have significant impacts on farming families and livelihoods. This is the main reason they became involved with setting up the Parkvale Catchment...

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The Collective Power of being a Community Catchment Group

The Collective Power of being a Community Catchment Group

“You don’t know what you don’t know,” says Lynsey Parkes, Coordinator for the Wakamoekau Catchment group. And before the farmers and lifestylers of Matahiwi Rd near Masterton came together as a catchment group, they didn’t know nearly as much about the waterway that...

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Local Restoration. Continuing the Conservation Work

Local Restoration. Continuing the Conservation Work

You might have heard about the “circle of influence” or the “circle of control” – ideas made popular by author Stephen R. Covey. They refer to the things we worry about that we can actually have an impact on or control over. So while John Argue knows that he can’t...

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Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa | Conservation Week

Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa | Conservation Week

Take a moment to take action for nature this Conservation Week, 5 – 11 September 2022. Conservation Week is an opportunity for you to take action and show your support for nature. Taking action benefits nature, and our personal wellbeing. Ka ora te whenua, ka ora te...

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Backyard Conservation Trapping Workshops

Backyard Conservation Trapping Workshops

Become a Backyard Conservation Hero! Learn how you can create a backyard wildlife haven and trap those pesky predators to help our native wildlife thrive. Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa has teamed up with the Department of Conservation, Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre...

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Parkvale front-footing change in their catchment

Parkvale front-footing change in their catchment

The Parkvale Catchment Charitable Trust has been in full swing over recent months, kicking off with a field day held at Wiltons Road Dairy in April. This was a well-attended day with over 70 people attending the event. The day involved a social get-together with BBQ...

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Connecting People, Creating Partnerships

Connecting People, Creating Partnerships

Ko Wairarapa te moana. Wairarapa is my ocean. Ko Maungarake te maunga. Maungarake is my mountain. Ko Ruamahanga te awa. Ruamahanga is my river. Ko Kurahaupō rāua ko Tākitimu ngā waka. Kurahaupō and Tākitimu are my ancestral canoes. Ko Te Poho o Tutawake rāua ko...

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What’s the Buzz with Water Testing?

What’s the Buzz with Water Testing?

We can’t make any more water. Whether it’s pumping through our bloodstream, trickling down a creek, flushing down a toilet or crashing as a wave onto a beach, there’s always the same amount of water for Planet Earth, endlessly recycling through the water cycle. To...

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Wairarapa Animal Pest Control Strategy

Wairarapa Animal Pest Control Strategy

The Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa Alliance (WaiP2K) is a community-led network. It brings many different groups together to increase the health of Wairarapa ecosystems, biodiversity, water and the resilience of its communities and to respond to climate change. Included...

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Restoration Day to thank Wairarapa environmental groups

Restoration Day to thank Wairarapa environmental groups

Greater Wellington is asking those interested in restoring the environment to register for Restoration Day. Held on Saturday 28 May, the annual event is thanking local environmental restoration groups for their efforts. Taking place in Wairarapa, it’s run by Greater...

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The unusual brown mudfish

The unusual brown mudfish

by Tony Silbery, originally published in the Wairarapa Journal Fish and water - such a natural fit that it’s virtually impossible to think of one without the other. Yet in Wairarapa, there is a group of fish so well adapted to a particular habitat that they spend a...

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Pūkaha adds a Trap Shop

Pūkaha adds a Trap Shop

Contributed by Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre has revamped their gift shop and it now contains an exciting new addition, the Trap Shop. An essential part of the restoration project at Pūkaha is predator and pest control including...

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