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Wetlands of Waitītiko

October 2nd, 2018

STEPS gave a talk on our Meola wetland at the National Wetland Symposium on 26 September.

Waitītiko Meola creek is a small stream perched above a volcanic aquifer – the largest under Auckland Council’s protection.  Historically it connected many wetlands as shown below.

(BACKHOUSE, JOHN PHILEMEMAN 1845-1908 CABBAGE TREE SWAMP Ca.1880 ALEXANDER TURNBALL LIBARY (E-052-Q-015))

Because of their role in filtering pollutants, STEPS advocates many more urban wetlands, especially here in Auckland where stormwater and sewage regularly flood our catchment. You can read our talk and see historic photos of the STEPS wetland as it has evolved over 3-4 decades, under the leadership of Roy Clements and Nick Goldwater here.

Myrtle Rust infection

March 29th, 2018

STEPS reported an infected hedge near St Lukes on 13 March.

This posed a major threat to many of the special trees in nearby Roy Clements Treeway.

It took some time to get permits for removal on this public walkway but was removed by 12 April. We thank Auckland Council for the care taken here and also with the infected lophomyrtus on the treeway.

We ask members to keep a look out, especially on ramarama plants, also pohutakawa, rata manuka and kanuka. Call MPI biosecurity hotline – 0800 80 99 66 immediately if you find it, and do not touch.

For more information go to DOC Myrtle Rust info. And see MPI’s new approach info  – April update.

Support Auckland Water Quality $ Spend by 28 March.

March 17th, 2018

Further to Water Quality in Auckland Council 10 Year Plan STEPS has produced a draft submission supporting the Auckland Plan and 10 Year plan. Council has included approximately $2 billion for stormwater treatment and Central Interceptor. Water Quality spending over the next 10 years will focus on the Western Isthmus and bring some improvements to our communities, our Harbours and our streams. This draft is intended for groups or individuals who want to support stormwater plans. You can tailor 10 Year Plan Submission Draft to your own liking – have your say here

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