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 – www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rainwatertank

Online tool ‘Do I need a consent?’ to identify if a consent is required and guide people through the process – https://onlineservices.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/councilonline/yform/decisiontool?productCode=DECISION_RAINWATER_TANK

Media release published on Our Auckland –  https://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/news/2020/06/council-makes-it-easier-for-aucklanders-to-collect-rainwater/

If you would like any further information about this initiative, please contact hwrainwatertank@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Waitītiko plantings 2020

July 24th, 2020

Thanks to all STEPS members & community who helped us with plantings on the Roy Clements Treeway. Kath, Julie, Fleur, neighbours Talia and Charlie, Neil, Mac, Trevor, Freddie and Sel were just a few of those who helped out. The plants were provided by the Local Board, and Local Board members Margi and Christina were there on the day.

2020 planting Roy Clements Treeway
2020 planting group Roy Clements Treeway

On Saturday 18th more plants were put i the ground by Freddie, Trevor, Sel, and Liz – with just a few left now for under planting.

STEPS Lava Forest Planting Saturday 11 July 2020 10.30

June 29th, 2020

Put the date in your calendar and join STEPS @ 30 Alberton Ave end of Roy Clements Treeway (near MAGS)

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

Puriri and titoki are key large trees in rare Auckland lava rock forests.

In 2018 and 2019, we planted the ephemeral wetland at the Treeway’s southern end. In 2020 we will enhance our rare Auckland lava rock forest*.

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

Saturday 11th July 2020 at 10.30am ( Rain date: Sunday 19 July) @ 30 Alberton Ave end of Roy Clements Treeway (near MAGS)

If the weather looks poor, check www.meolacreek.org.nz after 8am.  Any questions, email: contact@meolacreek.org.nz  Learn more about STEPS or join us @  www.meolacreek.org.nz Like or follow us @ https://facebook.com/STEPSNZ

* see Auckland’s lava forest story & pictures in NZ Geographic at https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/eden-in-auckland/ 

STEPS has collaborated with Edendale school, SPICE and Auckland Council for this planting. Thanks to:

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