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Opportunities for farmer-led catchment groups

Opportunities for farmer-led catchment groups

by Mike Birch, Taueru farmer, Ruamahanga Restoration Trust trustee and WaiP2K Forum member  A catchment community group is a gathering of people, working together, who identify with a geographical area. There are many reasons to form a catchment group including...

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Connect with nature at your local reserve

Connect with nature at your local reserve

Summer is a great season to explore nature. If you’re short on time, urban bush reserves are perfect for getting a quick nature fix. Wairarapa local Rebecca Jamieson discovers these special places, and how they can benefit our well being. There is something almost...

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Bats in our backyard?

Bats in our backyard?

by Ali Mackisack  “When it comes to biodiversity, sometimes finding out what isn’t there, is just as important as finding out what is there,” says Sam Rammell, a Master's student in Ecological Restoration at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington....

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Sharing a passion for water with our youth

Sharing a passion for water with our youth

Contributed by Ronnie Anderson, Senior Community Ranger, Department of Conservation (originally published in the Wairarapa MidWeek) One day soon when our daily routines are back to normal, you may notice something a bit ‘abnormal’ popping up around town in Masterton –...

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Using iNaturalist in the Wairarapa

Using iNaturalist in the Wairarapa

by Celia Wade-Brown What’s that bird? Do you love lizards? Do native orchids flower in August or January? Or maybe you want to identify a tree in the Tararua Forest? Not sure whether that butterfly is native to this area? Where can I see a flowering rātā in Aorangi...

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Pae Tū Mōkai o Tauira: Growing a Future, One Plant at a Time

Pae Tū Mōkai o Tauira: Growing a Future, One Plant at a Time

by Ali Mackisack “It’s easy to underestimate what it takes to set up and run a native tree nursery,” says Narida Hooper of Pae Tū Mōkai o Tauira Inc – a community and environment-focused group based in Featherston. “When we set up our committee in 2018, we had this...

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Bugman supports Wānanga

Bugman supports Wānanga

Contributed by Alex Wall, Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre (first published in the Wairarapa MidWeek) There’s nothing like seeing someone else’s ‘passion’ to remind oneself just how important a cause can be. When it comes to nature and the natural world regarding...

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Wairarapa’s Enviro Educators

Wairarapa’s Enviro Educators

by Ali Mackisack Photos of smiling children with a tree in one hand and a spade in the other, abound on our print and social media platforms. But – as in many other places, there’s a lot more depth and diversity to our environmental education space than kids planting...

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Kohunui Marae conservation champions

Kohunui Marae conservation champions

by Ronnie Anderson, Department of Conservation | Originally published in the Wairarapa MidWeek It’s a win win for the Wairarapa and local hapū with the creation of a plant nursery at Kohunui Marae. The nursery will support hapū conservation and cultural ambitions...

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Wainuioru Nursery Workshop

Wainuioru Nursery Workshop

by Charmin Dahl Wainuioru School & Community Nursery hosted a workshop on the 25th of July. The Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa Alliance invited regional expert Harvey Phillips to provide a training session on pricking out and give a demonstration of his seed...

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Come and meet the Mangatarere Catchment Project Team

Come and meet the Mangatarere Catchment Project Team

On 11 August, the Mangatarere Restoration Society are hosting a public meeting at Carterton Events Centre. The event opens at 5pm for a drop-in for Carterton residents to discuss the flood modelling of the Mangatarere Stream and its tributaries. Our 10-minute AGM...

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Biodiversity groups abound

Biodiversity groups abound

by Ali Mackisack, originally published in the MidWeek on 14 July 2021 Here in the Wairarapa, we really do love our natural environment. At last count, there were about 52 groups in the Wairarapa, both rural and urban, who are working to protect and restore...

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Conservation Week in the Wairarapa

Conservation Week in the Wairarapa

Conservation Week in the Wairarapa   Take a moment to celebrate and enjoy nature this Conservation Week 4–12 September 2021. When Papatūānuku thrives, we all thrive. So take a moment for nature, give your mind a break and feel connected to the world. It can be as...

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Plant a memory. Plant a tree. Do it today for tomorrow.

Plant a memory. Plant a tree. Do it today for tomorrow.

by Lyle Griffiths June 18th and despite the rather cloudy day and the threat of light misty rain, 35 Martinborough residents turned out to transform the corner of Hinakura and Todds Road behind the fence on the golf course. When the pine trees were removed last year,...

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Why use TrapNZ?

Why use TrapNZ?

by Celia Wade-Brown TrapNZ helps volunteers to record and understand predator control and biodiversity data. TrapNZ is a free website and phone app. After our first records for Duntulm Farm were lost, we decided to use an external system instead of our excel...

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Money: Just what you need?

Money: Just what you need?

by Ali Mackisack Wouldn’t it be great if someone handed over a million dollars to go towards your biodiversity project or catchment community plans? It sounds like a dream come true doesn't it? Think of all the things you could finally get done! Yet, while a large...

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Mokomoko: Learning from the Waipoua

Mokomoko: Learning from the Waipoua

If you need some planting done, you can give a bunch of kids some spades, and you’ll get some planting done – possibly quite a lot of it. But if you take a bunch of kids, get them to explore an area, find out a bit about its’ history and create some links between them...

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Protecting Banded Dotterel at White Rock

Protecting Banded Dotterel at White Rock

The banded dotterel is as vulnerable as the great spotted kiwi yet not as well known or protected. Thankfully, the Wairarapa’s largest population of banded dotterel at White Rock is getting a helping hand from a local protection group and an international forestry...

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Parkvale Catchment Group: Your chance to make a difference

Parkvale Catchment Group: Your chance to make a difference

It’s certainly no cause to celebrate – the Parkvale Stream is one of the more polluted streams in the Wairarapa, with high nutrient and e-coli levels. But the news is great for anyone who cares about the quality of water in the catchment because now you can be part of...

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Tonganui Biodiversity Corridors – Looking Forward to the Past

Tonganui Biodiversity Corridors – Looking Forward to the Past

By Ali Mackisack Imagine this. You’re walking through the forest in the lower Ruamāhanga valley, somewhere near Wairarapa Moana. It’s 1821. Your ears are tuned to the calls of kōkako, kākāriki, kererū and whio. Kākā, kiwi, kārearea, and tīeke thrive here too. The sun...

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Upper Waipoua Kaitiaki Group making a difference

Upper Waipoua Kaitiaki Group making a difference

By Ali Mackisack With the cider bottles of river-water samples lined up on the picnic table in front of them, the evidence was clear to see: as the water flowed downstream through their catchment, it changed. While the nutrient levels were still good, having water...

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