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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.

Mountain to Sea Walk – October 2018

October 2nd, 2018

On Saturday the 13th of October, STEPS will be walking the third and final stage of the Meola Waititiko Mountain to Sea Walk, from Western Springs to Meola Reef on the Waitamata!

This is following on from the first and section walks we did in March from the summit of Owairaka Mt Albert to Kerr Taylor Reserve, and from Kerr Taylor to Rawalpindi. Its a chance to learn about the Meola Creek Waititiko and its catchment and aquifer, while stretching your legs in good company. Do come and join us!

Details of the walk can be found here.

Its about 3km of distance in total, and we will be taking our time. This is replacing the regular working bee for the month, as we did so much hard work planting in July and August.  Kids and whole family welcome.

We have chosen to start the walk from Western Springs rather than Rawalpindi, to cut out a large section of the walk that is far from the creek and on roads.

Meet at 10am on Saturday 13th October on the eastern side (next to the carpark) of the Western Springs Garden Community Hall which is on Great North Road.  Parking in the car park, of course!

For those driving or biking to the start, there will be cars at the end to shuttle walkers back to their cars or bikes, but of course you’ll need to walk back from Meola Reef to the Meola Road carpark.

If weather looks poor, see www.meolacreek.org.nz  on the day at 8am to check for cancellation.
You can download this flyer to send to your friends and post in your local park. We hope to see you there

E Tu Kahikatea

September 2nd, 2018

To close out the 2018 winter planting season STEPS held a ceremonial planting of some kahikatea in the new wetland.  Roy Clements (STEPS Patron), Peter Haynes (AELB Board Chair), and Wendy John (Friends of Oakley Creek Chair) all spoke and Tanya White gave a karakia. Five trees kindly donated by Friends of Oakley Creek were planted.

 

The group joined in singing a waiata by Dr Hirini Melbourne: E Tu Kahikatea. (Here are the words and music  https://www.facebook.com/notes/hirini-melbourne-syd/ngaa-waiata/163807221664/?hc_location=ufi & … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM1JzPClXDI).

Kia ora tatou  – thank you for coming on this 1st day of Spring – a very special day. Ko te ra tuatahi o Mahuru, te ra tuatahi o Koanga.

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