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Sat 24 November 2018 Event CANCELLED

November 18th, 2018

We are cancelling 24th as it looks like rain both Saturday and Sunday.

Our next event will be December 8th – to inaugurate the new signs on Roy Clements Treeway.

Join STEPS improving part of the Roy Clements Treeway.

Earlier in the year, we planted the ephemeral wetland at the Treeway’s southern end, and it now needs a little tending to keep it thriving.

New Signs for Roy Clements Treeway

November 1st, 2018

Thanks to Albert Eden Local Board for funding the beautiful new signs along the headwaters of Waitītiko Meola Creek.  Watch this space and join STEPS for an end of year hikoi to review the signs, followed by a snack and a chat on Sat 8 December 10am – watch this space for more details.

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.

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