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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.

Waitītiko-Meola Creek Mountain to Sea Walk, Sunday 20 & 27 October

September 15th, 2019

STEPS will take you on a journey through the catchment of the Meola Waitītiko. The creek has a varied history – wetlands have changes to wasteland and back again, sections have been derelict and are now prized, and some parts are still lost.

We will start from the summit of Ōwairaka / Mount Albert and end at Meola Reef Te Tokaroa, where the creek meets the Waitematā Harbour. Along the way, we will visit reserves, rock forest, bush, roads and walkways, always with the stream nearby.

Walk 1: Sunday 20 October. Meet at Mt Albert Owairaka Summit Trig Station 0930.

Walk 2: Sunday 27 October. Meet at Western Springs Garden Community Hall 0930.

We welcome families and people with an interest in the history and state of the largest catchment on the Auckland isthmus. See more details at  Waititiko/Meola Creek Mountain to Sea Walk

Biodiversity and Native Bees

September 17th, 2018

Have you ever thought about the role of NZ’s 28 species of native bees in pollinating our flowers and keeping our forests alive? Here is a handy guide including how to make a pollinator palace in your back yard so that the gardens and parks around you will continue to thrive.

According to Te Ara Te Ara Encyclopaedia of NZ 25 of 28 local bee species are solitary – with only three having a social structure.  (Perhaps there is a similarity to the NZ “Man Alone”  character written about by John Mulgan? It is an ecological book, containing themes of fire and vulcanism very relevant today).

A free talk on how to identify native bees will be held this Friday 21 September 2018 in Auckland -all welcome.

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