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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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Wairarapa Biodiversity Hui

Wairarapa Biodiversity Hui

Kei te mahi tātou mō te taiao | Communities working together for nature We’re doing it Wairarapa, and together we’re making a difference. Every day, locals are out there planting and weeding, pest-trapping and tracking, water monitoring and habitat building. And if...

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Wairarapa landscape-wide pest animal control strategy

Wairarapa landscape-wide pest animal control strategy

Executive Summary Multiple pest animal species are present across the Wairarapa landscape and are impacting indigenous ecosystems, as well as farming and forestry economies. Multiple pest animal control projects are occurring within the region, which are all...

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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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Richard Parkes: Getting your group ready for action

Richard Parkes: Getting your group ready for action

by Ali Mackisack So you’ve heard a bit and read a bit about Community Catchment Groups (CCGs). You’ve thought, “hey, great idea” and have had a chat with a few neighbouring landowners about some of the ideas you’ve tossed around amongst yourselves over the years....

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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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Tūī family inspire community project

Tūī family inspire community project

By Ronnie Anderson, Department of Conservation A bit of rain won’t deter a bunch of intrepid trappers hell bent on ridding Donnelly Flat of pests so our native birdlife can thrive. Unless the weather is extreme every second Thursday you can find these determined...

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Exploring eDNA

Exploring eDNA

by Ali Mackisack Remember the joys of fossicking around in a river or creek – dipping your net into the water and turning over rocks to discover what was underneath? New technology takes that joy of discovery even deeper, allowing us to find out exactly what’s in our...

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Restoration Day back in the Wairarapa

Restoration Day back in the Wairarapa

Restoration Day 2022 will be held here in the Wairarapa putting the spotlight on the amazing mahi happening in our special part of the region. Restoration Day is an annual event led by Greater Wellington and the Department of Conservation in collaboration with a range...

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Dung beetles for Christmas?

Dung beetles for Christmas?

Dung Beetles are a great way to bury dung from pastoral animals into the soil profile and improve soil health. The beetles have evolved to live alongside pastoral animals but they were not introduced into NZ when pastoral animals were. They will bury, cattle, sheep,...

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Rātā – a rakau rangatira

Rātā – a rakau rangatira

Story by Tony Silbery and Erin Kavanagh-Hall Northern rātā is one of our most recognisable trees. In the scientific world, it is known as Metrosideros robusta - meaning “stout iron heart”, in a reference to its stature and the strength of its wood. In this part of the...

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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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