Gardening

Spotlight on possum control

With Conservation Week and deciduous trees coming into leaf, it is time for possum action says Andrew Sinclair of Whakaupoko Landcare. “Night shooting at this time of the year can give some great results if you know where your poplars and willows are. Possums love the new shoots and with a spotlight on them they are so easy to see. […]

Tuakau sparkling after cleanup day success

Tuakau hosted a clean up, planting and pest control day on Sunday 16 September. The event was organised by Tuakau Cleanup and Planting Group, and was attended by more than 70 people, with others coming and going throughout the day. The group kicked off with the clean up, picking up rubbish around the town centre, having morning tea at the […]

Beautiful flower events coming up

The 2018 Waiau Pa Flower and Floral Art Show will be held at Waiau Pa Hall on Saturday 3 November from 1pm to 4pm and Sunday 4 November from 10am to 3pm. $3 admission (children free) includes afternoon tea. For more details contact Fay Duncan on 027 240 4706. Entries cost 20c per class and close 11 am on Friday […]

Friends of the Garden Club celebrate 20 years

The club celebrated their 20th birthday in June, marking the special occasion with a catered meal and cake. Past and present members were invited to attend the celebrations. The club was formed in 1998, and the current committee thought to have a party to celebrate the milestone. “It was lovely,” said current president Faye Watt. Members decorated the tables with fresh flowers. The […]

Time to ‘grow’ up

There’s a lot happening in Waiuku and now the potential to grow in more ways than one. Marama Hou Ministries Trust, along with Franklin Agritech are offering a NZQA course in Horticulture at the Hamilton Estate community centre and gardens. The course is level five NZQA and they are on the lookout for willing applicants. “It is an advanced level,” […]

Planting day a blooming success

The stream banks along a section of Franklin Rd are looking a lot sprucer, thanks to tree-planting volunteers. A large group of volunteers, including Hunua MP Andrew Bayly, Franklin Local Board members, Scouts and Z service station staff, turned out for a community planting day on Sunday 19 August. Volunteer Craig Prescott organised the event in conjunction with Auckland Council […]

Pukekohe soils need protecting

Pukekohe growers were in Parliament on Tuesday 14 August to hear details of a significant report into protecting the region’s elite growing soils. Hunua MP Andrew Bayly welcomed the Deloittes review of the economic impacts of losing horticultural land to housing. The 66 page report commented on the unique soils of Pukekohe and the impact of future housing on growing land. […]

Letter: Illegal Rubbish Dumping

Since moving to Waiuku from the Awhitu District, I have taken to bike riding around the many roads surrounding the town and have been shocked at the amount of rubbish thrown from vehicles. Every time I ride I notice new refuse added to the already existing litter in the road water courses. This litter will, of course, in time (especially […]

Port Waikato Beachcare win restoration award

Port Waikato Beachcare have recently come away with a restoration award for their work on the shorelines in their area. The ‘Best Coastal Restoration project award’ recognises the ‘on the ground’ achievements of a coastal restoration project, and the substantial efforts of individuals and community groups. Karen Opie said the award is a wonderful acknowledgement. “There are lots of fantastic […]

Pohutukawa stands proud in Waiuku

Visitors to Tamakae Reserve may have noticed the proud Pohutukawa tree standing tall. The Maori Princess Pohutukawa was blessed last week and placed in its new home on the reserve as part of the Tamakae Wharf upgrade. Members of local iwi, the Franklin Local Board, Waiuku Business and Districts Association, and members of the community attended the small ceremony.   […]


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