Progress on restoring Lava forest along Waitītiko Meola Creek

May 19th, 2021

A sign has been put in the park at the end of Norgrove Avenue, Mt Albert describing the work that Watercare, Te Ngahere and STEPS are undertaking to control the pest plants and exotic weeds that are choking new growth of the lava rock forest there. Work is underway to capture animal pests (many opossums) and to remove the ivy as shown below.

Ivy removal under way 2021

STEPS is delighted with the early success in controlling rampant asparagus weed. Thanks Te Ngahere and Watercare project team.

Watch this space or STEPS’ facebook page for more updates.

See our earlier blog describing rock forest here

May 2021 STEPS Wetland Planting – postponed to Sunday 30th 10.30am

May 16th, 2021

Join STEPS in improving part of the Roy Clements Treeway!

This year we will plant the remaining area of ephemeral wetland at the Treeway’s southern end.

  • Sunday 30th May 2021 at 10.30am
  • Meet @ Fergusson Ave end of Roy Clements Treeway in Kerr Taylor Park.  

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

The planting site is about 20 meters along the boardwalk – you will see us in front of the red brick apartments.

If the weather looks poor, check www.meolacreek.org.nz after 8am. 

Any questions, email: contact@meolacreek.org.nz 

STEPS Autumn 2021 Update

April 28th, 2021

Kia ora tātou,

We have some plants on order for Roy Clements Treeway from Council. Thanks Huw and AELB.

Likely planting dates: 29th – 30th May

Upcoming :

  • Possible planting day in Norgrove in July – Watercare decision.

Under Way

  • Weekly weeding sessions back at Kanuka St forest on Tuesday mornings– thanks Sel, Damien and Mary
  • Weekly sessions at MAGS Thursday pm – thanks Sel and Richard
  • STEPS collected 3 Waitītiko DNA samples for nation wide water quality survey – thanks Freddie, Sel and Wendy.
  • June got online payments set up since cheques going away – thanks June
  • January application for CCF admin funding should be announced this month – thanks Trev
  • Good links with Kura Kaupapa new groundspeople re moth plant and weeds… regular weeding under way. Thanks Dianne, Sel, Suzy & Graeme
  • Plant and Food – moth plant / woolly nightshade fruiting again and ready to blow down the catchment.  TBD with volunteers this month. Thanks Sel, Shannon, Alistair and Stephen.
  • Auckland Council Healthy Waters & Watercare have eradicated weeds on their land at Ahurangi – thanks Theresa and Shalini.
  • STEPS Online campaign – TBD thanks Dan
  • 2020-21  AGM – possibly August since so late last year because of Covid…

If you can help with any of these please let us know; or if you have questions. Please contact us via this site.

What other new initiatives would you like to participate in? Please let us know.

Finally this frog was sitting up a tree near the MAGS tributary of Waitītiko a few days ago. Apparently it is an Australian green tree frog… Litoria

Litoria April 2020 MAGS bush planting.

Ngā  mihi nui,

Liz

Elizabeth Walker

www.meolacreek.org.nz

https://www.facebook.com/STEPSNZ/

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