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Waitītiko restoration – volunteer call

November 14th, 2019

Ecological restoration work involves a lot of weeding. Hand weeding is how gems such as the Withiell Thomas rock forest fragment and the rock forest on Roy Clements Treeway have been helped back to being beautiful natural areas which are now seeding and growing in a ‘natural state’.

STEPS has had two regular weekly weeding sessions running for the past 2-3 years. One is at Roy Clements Treeway, Mt Albert on Wednesday afternoon. The other is in the rock forest lining the creek towards Point Chev where these cygnets were spotted last week.

Black Swans – Waitītiko Meola 7 Nov 2019

We can always do with more helpers. Little experience is needed as training is provided and the work is not arduous. Each session lasts 1-2 hours. Please contact us via this site if you are interested in coming along once or more regularly.

Owairaka rakau

November 13th, 2019

STEPS was contacted regarding activities on Owairaka relating to tree removal. We have found that The Tree Council has outlined the planned work on the maunga and stated their support for it here. Like many other people we are always sad to see the loss of large trees, but we hope to join in some of the new planting activities in future.

Restoring Springs at Chamberlain Park and Western Springs

September 23rd, 2019

Three STEPS members attended a “Family Fun Day” at Chamberlain Park on Friday 20th around 5pm. We we were shown around some of the course while keeping an eye on golfers playing their shots. We learnt there is some confusion about the location of springs and wetlands before the development of the golf course.

Last year STEPS asked the Waitemata Local Board for an ecological restoration of Western Springs (Te Wai Orea) [3], and we ask for the same thing for Chamberlain Park. We were delighted to hear so many Auckland Councillors proclaiming similar views during the 10 July meeting of the Environment and Community Committee.

We now call on all Council and Local Board candidates in all parties to unite to protect Chamberlain Park’s high ecological values, and enhance this much loved site. We ask Auckland Council and the Albert Eden / Waitemata Local Boards to work together and commit to restoring the springs and wetlands in both Western Springs and Chamberlain Park, along with the rare lava rock forest bordering Waititiko Meola creek and at Te Wai Orea.

Background: Russell and Rogers, 1977 clearly refer to a ‘major spring’ in Chamberlain Park, and show a ‘spring discharge’ (marked “ME” and referred to at the top of table 1 page 718) on the map close to where wetland restoration is planned.

Their map shows Western Springs and Chamberlain Park as one continuous area. According to the Auckland Unitary Plan Western Springs Aquifer has water availability of 9.6 million cubic meters per year, and is the largest aquifer under the protection of the Auckland Council [1]. From 1877-1910 this aquifer and springs provided Auckland city’s main water supply [2]. Russell and Rogers measured the flow of the Chamberlain Park spring as about 25% of the flow in Western Springs domain, a sizable volume of water.

[1] Nov 2016 Auckland Unitary plan http://unitaryplan.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Images/Auckland%20Unitary%20Plan%20Operative/Chapter%20M%20Appendices/Appendix%203%20Aquifer%20water%20availabilities%20and%20levels.pdf

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Springs

[3] STEPS 2018 Western Springs action

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