Archive for June, 2010

Westfield St Lukes Plan Change Hearings

June 27th, 2010

Update: Further to STEPS submission regarding the lack of waste and storm water infrastructure at Roy Clements, Pat Prescott and Liz Walker appeared at the hearings on 22 June 2010.

Our presentation is linked  click here (3Mb pdf), including pictures of the 1 June storm which covered the board walk with storm and waste water overflow. STEPS was very interested to discover that the Environment Court had made a ruling in December 2009 declaring St Lukes a town centre, with input from ARC and ACC and despite lack of infrastructure.   All hearings submissions and evidence have been scanned by the council and placed here (click on Agenda Attachments)

Planting Day June 20th

June 27th, 2010

Despite the challenging conditions (ranging from impenetrable scoria to ankle-deep mud), we managed to get over 800 plants into the ground. We decided on a more diverse species mix to enhance last year’s plantings. Species included wet-loving plants such as Carex lessoniana, giant umbrella sedge, swamp maire, and toetoe to terrestrial shrubland and forest species such as whau, wineberry, kowhai, lemonwood, and taraire. In addition, two species of threatened fern (Todea barbara and Cyclosorus interruptus), one species of threatened sedge (Baumea complanata), and swamp maire and Coprosma propinqua (both uncommon in the Auckland Region) now have new homes in the wetland.

Around 30 volunteers, including people from the Rasheed Memorial Trust, turned up to help on the day – so special thanks to them and the other volunteers.  Thanks also to David Bowden from Auckland City Council for funding and helping to organise this event.


We have found a BIG SPADE  – if anyone lost a spade, please email STEPS via this website.

STEPS AGM this Thursday, July 1st, 2010

June 24th, 2010

Download the attached STEPS AGM 2010 flyer (pdf)
STEPS AGM is on Thursday 1st July at 7.00 pm, at Alberton, 100 Mt Albert Rd.
Followed by a talk by Zel Viljevac on the geology of Meola Creek and the cones, springs and volcanic flows surrounding it. Zel has studied the creek and he drew the fantastic diagram of the Meola – Three Kings aquifer at

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