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May Event – Planting our Wetland

May 2nd, 2019

Join STEPS improving part of the Roy Clements Treeway!

Last year, we planted the ephemeral wetland at the Treeway’s southern end. In 2019 we will fill it out and do some releasing.

Come along, with family and friends, for a couple of hours of planting and help improve the biodiversity of the area with the support of our Local Board.

  • Saturday 18th May 2019 at 10.00am
  • @ Kerr Taylor Park (Fergusson Reserve) end of Roy Clements Treeway (southern end)

Please bring a sunhat and sunblock, a raincoat, water bottle and gardening gloves.  Bring a spade if you have one – we have some spares.

If the weather looks poor, check after 8am.

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Flyer: STEPS Planting May 2019

Waitītiko Water, Weeds and Walks at Alberton

February 11th, 2019

Alberton Historic House kindly invited STEPS and Friends of Oakley Creek to share a stall at the Market Day on February 10 2019.  As always, many hundreds of people attended. Most stalls provided a range of crafts and food – while ours was unique in providing information about water quality, weeds and mountain to sea walks. Sel Arbuckle had collected a barrow full of weeds (including palm grass, chinese and tree privet, date palm, spindleberry, moth plant, woolly nightshade) and weeds were certainly a focus of interest for the majority of visitors. Many took Auckland Council/ Forest and Bird pamphlets to educate neighbours with moth plant being the all-out favourite!


We were  pleased also with the number of volunteer and potential members who signed up for both groups. Wendy John said:  From my experience, today was probably one of the best with regards to people being interested in various issues – especially the weeds.  I was very pleased with how many people knew, were concerned and were, already doing something about some of them – especially mothplant and woolly nightshade. Another great collaborative occasion!

Thanks to Rendell Francesca & Alberton team, our visitors, Sel, Wendy, Ngaio, June, Julie, Xavier, Josh & Liz for making the day such a success.

STEPS activities 9 & 10 February 2019

February 5th, 2019

  • Saturday 9 February – join us for the (shaded) Rock Forest Discovery Walk – meet at Western Springs playground 10 am – details below and on FB @STEPSNZ
  • Sunday 10 February – come along to the popular Alberton Market Day.

Join STEPS and Friends of Oakley creek at our stall just inside the gate under a big shady tree from 10 am – 2pm.

February 2019 Event @ Western Springs Rock Forest

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