Banded Rail Discovery

Recently a female Banded rail bird was found in the Henderson Creek. Unfortunately she had been killed by a predator — but given that their conservation status lists them as ‘declining’ it is very promising news that they are in the vicinity! Keep an eye out for more…

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Rare banded rail found in Henderson Creek

You can find out more information about these at risk birds here: http://www.doc.govt.nz/…/…/birds-a-z/banded-rail-moho-pereru


FREE MOVIE SCREENING

What if our last act could be a gift to the planet?http://www.awillforthewoods.com/#home

If you’re interested in this free movie screening please email: info.cemetery@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or call 09 818 5615 during office hours. Only 100 seats available.

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NZ RiverPrize 2015

Project Twin Streams was short listed as a finalist for the 2015 New Zealand Riverprize. The NZ Riverprize was open to applicants anywhere in the country who could demonstrate outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management, restoration or protection – regardless of the size of the river of the scale of the project. Applicants were judged by an independent panel of experts in a range of river management fields.

The winner was be announced at the International Riversymposium in Brisbane and we extend our warmest congratulations to the winner the Aorere River Inititative – winner of NZ’s inaugural RiverPrize. Aorere, a farmer-led catchment project in the Tasman District, has worked hard to improve not only the health of the river and coastal environment but also created community cohesion by supporting both dairy and marine farmers to coexist in a sustainable way.

The competition was an amazing reflection of the innovation and ingenuity of New Zealanders facing a plethora of water related challenges and we are proud to have been counted among them as a finalist.

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Before and After…

These before and after photos are testament to all the hard work over the years – thanks to our team and the wonderful communities we work with. Amazing progress!

 

 

 


Kōwhai Reserve Community Planting Day

 

Our community planting day on Saturday June 6th at Kōwhai Reserve in Glen Eden was a great success! Thanks to all the wonderful people who turned up and planted and mulched and enjoyed the a BBQ, live music, kids activities & native stream creatures up close.

 

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Join us at EcoDay

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EcoDay is an annual community celebration, bringing together the best of West Auckland’s community environmental groups, green businesses, ethical food vendors and local entertainers to create a FREE and family-friendly day out. It’s always fun and this year it features:

+ Live Music and Performances

+ Eco Art and Upcycling Activities

+ Body and Soul Wellness Zone

+ Sustainable Living Workshops

+ Green Community Hub

+ Pop-Up ‘Wash Against Waste’ Food Court

+ Q&A Sessions with Eco Experts

We’ll be there – come and visit us at the PTS stall and say hello!

When: Sunday 12th April 11am-4pm

Where: EcoMatters, Olympic Park

Contact: pamela@ecomatters.org.nz for more information

 


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Join Us At Our Native Plant Propagation Workshop

 

Come for an informative walk in our Project Twin Streams area in Glen Eden collecting native plant seeds and sowing some of them into punnets for you to take home. A very practical hands on workshop with nursery expert Billie Elliot from the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

Saturday 14th February 10am-3pm

Contact pamela@ecomatters.org.nz

 

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Magical Mahoe

Close up of the male flowers of the native Mahoe

Close up of the male flowers of the native Mahoe

Mahoe (Melicytus ramiflorus) is one of our most ubiquitous native trees and also one of the most well represented amongst local riparian vegetation communities.

It is a small to medium sized tree that can be found just about anywhere along the Opanuku and Oratia Streams. Mahoe is dioecious, which means it produces its tiny male and female flowers on separate trees. After flowering they produce masses of deep purple berries dispersed by birds, including natives like Kereru and Tui. However they don’t start flowering until they are several metres tall and well developed, and so most of the plantings along the streams haven’t begun to produce fruit. As such most seedling Mahoe along the reaches are to be found within, or near to, remnant patches of vegetation where mature trees are to be found – a good indication as to the importance of the remnants along the streams.

The species name ramiflorus refers to the location of the flowers and translates as ‘branch flowering’, which can be observed from the photos below taken by Dion one of our PTS Team Leaders. The male flowers can be recognised by the ring of stamens inside the petals, and the female flowers by the single brush-like style atop the ovary in the center of the flower.

Most trees are just finishing flowering and these photos were taken just before Christmas. Keep an eye out for the attractive berries heading into Autumn!

A cluster of female Mahoe flowers

A cluster of female Mahoe flowers

 

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Cluster of male Mahoe flowers

Mahoe cluster of female flowers

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New Youth Park in Te Rangi Hiroa Reserve

Next summer Auckland Council is planning to build a youth-oriented park in Te Rangi Hiroa Reserve aimed at young people from Ranui, Massey, Henderson, Swanson and Waitakere.

They’ve talked to some young people from these areas and it sounds like they want the park to have sport, adventure play and fitness equipment along with ‘hang out’ spaces – but what do you think?

If you’re aged 15 to 25 click on this link to have your say and enter the draw to win a $200 Warehouse Voucher!: http://se.buzzchannelgroup.com/?u=22d3e19a944d48c9b9dd85cdfb308f72


Rongoā Rakau Workshop in January

Rongoā is traditional Māori medicine and is made up of a variety of practices.  Rongoā focuses on the spiritual aspect of health and includes herbal remedies, physical therapies like massage and manipulation, and spiritual healing. This January we are offering an Introduction Workshop for Rongoā Rakau. The workshop is intended to give you a snapshot into Te Āo Rongoā (the world of Rongoā) by re-connecting you to Papatūānuku. It will help guide you to recognise the importance of self-awareness in all aspects of your being.
Rongoā is not a destination, it is a journey of self-discovery and having an inter-connectedness with all creation.

To register your interest in the Introduction Workshop please contact Joanne Hakaraia-Olson our PTS Ranui-Massey co-ordinator on:

Mobile 021 806 272
Office 09) 833 7005
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