Gardening

Snap a kererū and win

The 2017 Great Kererū Count (GKC) is complete! Now there’s a photo competition to keep us keen on the captivating kererū. Final results from the GKC show there were 6947 observations made, and 15495 kererū counted across New Zealand. The counting stretched all the way from the far north of Kaitaia, to the deep south of Bluff. Most kererū sightings were recorded […]

2000 trees planted to sustain waterways

The gloves were on, shovels were out and a hard day’s work was had on Sunday 24 September as the community gathered for the Drury planting day. Nature enthusiasts far and wide, were being encouraged to do their bit for the environment at a tree planting day in South Auckland over the  election-weekend. Over two thousand trees will be planted […]

Gardening with Ruth 03 October

A distinctive loud call of the first shining cuckoo for the year brought joy to my heart.  On Wednesday 20 September I heard the first shining cuckoo for the year. The distinctive call of the shining cuckoo is described as a loud, upwardly-slurred whistle repeated several times. The sequence usually ends with a downwardly-slurred whistle. Repeated downward-slurred calls are thought […]

Tuakau Cleanup and Planting

Over 70 people registered  for the 2017 cleanup initiative which focused on picking up rubbish throughout the streets of Tuakau. According to Jacqui Church  each year they find another cache of rubbish to clear up but happily these appear to be getting smaller each year. “I think our town has more awareness and pride and is much more aware of […]

Fun garden projects for the school holidays

National Gardening Week returns 6th-13th October and it is the perfect time to educate children about the joy of gardening and all the fun things to do.  The Week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not only plants but friendships, good health, strong communities and closer connections with nature.  Gardener and author, Sarah O’Neil […]

Great Kererū Count takes to the skies

From 22 September to 1 October, New Zealanders are being asked to keep their eyes on the skies. The Great Kererū Count is NZ’s biggest citizen science project. It’s aim is to gather information on the distribution of the New Zealand pigeon — also known as kererū, kūkū, kūkupa or wood pigeon. WWF-New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer, Livia Esterhazy said given the ecological importance of […]

Council clears privet

Action has been taken by Auckland Council to remedy the wild privet that was growing rampant in one area of Waiuku. Following The Post Newspaper’s  article ‘Whose problem is privet anyway?’ (7 March 2017), many people in Franklin spoke out on the pest that privet is, especially the side effects it has on health. The Post Newspaper was recently contacted […]

Planting day puts the love back into Drury waterways

Nature enthusiasts far and wide, regardless of political affiliation, are being encouraged to do their bit for the environment at a tree planting day in South Auckland this election-weekend. Over two thousand trees will be planted this Sunday on the banks of the Pahurehure Inlet as part of an initiative coordinated by the developers of the new masterplanned community Auranga […]

Te Whangai Trust win award

In 2007, Gary and Adrienne Dalton established the Te Whangai Charitable Trust to honour the memory of their daughter Leigh. This year, the Trust won the region’s “Hill Laboratories Harvest Award”, one of the categories in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, and they’re ecstatic that the work the Trust undertakes, has been recognised. Daughter Leigh was passionate about the environment […]

National Gardening Week returns on 6th October

Dust off the gloves.  Dig out the spade.  Get ready to get your hands dirty.   National Gardening Week is coming up 6th-13th October. The Week aims to foster a love of gardening with a focus on growing not only plants but friendships, good health, strong communities and closer connections with nature. This year’s National Gardening Week is about getting everyone […]