Meola weeders spread their wings

August 27th, 2020

This cheery story tells how Aucklanders have helped expand kokako numbers in Pureora from 7 pairs in 1995 to over 1000 today. Jean and Keith are well known for working at Maungawhau, Meola catchment and across Auckland as “moth plant weeders”. Thanks to the dedicated members of Auckland Tramping Club whose fight against pest plants and animals is an inspiring example to us, and also to all the people who will benefit from seeing and interacting with rare kokako in the future. See more about North Island kokako here.

STEPS has a vision for a mountain to sea pathway along Waitītiko Meola Creek, free of pests and populated by local wildlife. Our volunteers carry out weeding and trapping to make this possible. Members and new volunteers are welcome.

North Island Kokako Picture NZ Geographic

Water – the giver of life

August 24th, 2020

Ko te wai te ora ngā mea katoa. Water is the life giver of all things. This whakatauki is a very simple truth, which we ignore at our peril.

The Ministry for the Environment’s 2020 freshwater report outlines the scale of the country’s pollution problem and makes many references to Māori ways of thinking, but what does it take to really understand an issue from another culture’s perspective?

I recently completed a short course which helped me understand some of the truths known to Māori, and the rich and diverse stories which illustrate them. Several Māori academics contributed – geologists, art historians, and others. The links are at It took me 4-6 hours but you could spend much more time exploring all the resources.

I recommend enrolling today! It’s a great way to get through level 3 Covid measures.

Waitītiko-Meola Creek after rain.

Time to install our own rainwater tanks? Here’s how!

July 24th, 2020

Auckland Council Healthy Waters is working on an initiative to promote the installation and use of residential rainwater tanks across Auckland. This is in response to the current drought situation and to encourage Aucklanders to be more water resilient and empower us to be part of the water solution.

Is it time for a water tank? 4 page flyer

Installing a rainwater tank – A guide to getting a consent 2 page flyer

A cross-Council team is working to provide more information about the consent process to install a water tank and remove costs where possible. On July 1 2020 Council took the first step by removing resource consent fees for rainwater tank only applications for residential homes (in the vast majority of cases).

Below are several pieces of collateral and links to information that you may find useful.

Link to Auckland Council website content on rainwater tanks –

Online tool ‘Do I need a consent?’ to identify if a consent is required and guide people through the process –

Media release published on Our Auckland –

If you would like any further information about this initiative, please contact

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