Waitītiko Meola Creek Plantings – July 2021

July 16th, 2021

Five STEPS Volunteers planted 50 plants, initiating the 2021 Norgrove Lava Rock Forest Planting organised by Watercare on Saturday 17th July. Starting at 9am we managed to dig plants into the ground before the heavier rainfalls occurred.

There may be an opportunity for planting volunteers during this week – most likely Tuesday 20th depending on the weather. Rain day is next Sunday 25th but please check here first.

Damien and John planting near Norgrove Ave.
Shalini from Watercare with plants.
Te Ngahere and volunteers planning.

Thanks to Richard from Te Ngahere, Shalini, and volunteers John, Sel, Damien and Liz. Also a big thank you to Ellen who helped Watercare distribute barbecue food to needy families.

eDNA Results for Waitītiko Meola Creek

July 10th, 2021

Recently STEPS was invited to carry out eDNA testing thanks to Wai Tūwhera o te Taiao programme of the EPA (Environmental Protection Authority).

We found some good news: DNA evidence of two at risk native species were found – inanga and long fin eel, in the lower part of the creek between Chamberlain Park and Pasadena Intermediate. This is a positive sign and makes it plain why the volunteer work of so many people is making a difference to the health of this creek.

Sadly at least 3 pest species were found – mostly in the upper creek where stormwater overflows from combined sewers occur frequently. The pest species are: koi carp, mosquitofish,  & catfish.

If you would like more information, or want to work with us to take regular water samples, please contact us via this page.

Fauna in water sample, Roy Clement Treeway 2019

Meola Creek Planting – Saturday 17 July 2021: Cancellation

July 10th, 2021

Watercare advises: we regret to inform you the Norgrove Lava Rock Forest Planting day organised by Watercare for the Saturday 17th July has been Cancelled.  We have made the decision to cancel the event due to the severe rainfall predicted for tomorrow.

STEPS and Watercare are delighted to announce the first planting for the restoration of Meola Waitītiko Rock Forest alongside Meola Creek.

When: Sat 17 July, 2021

Time:    10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Meet:   End of Norgrove Avenue, Mt Albert

Towards the stream

Weather Update: As of 16th it
looks like rain on Saturday.

What to bring on the day

Bring your gumboots, a pair of gloves, your refillable water bottle and wear something

appropriate for a rocky forest.

Please see the flyer for a map and more information.

Matuku or White faced heron., Waititiko, Chamberlain Park

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