Gardening

Sprinkler restrictions now in place

Sprinkler restrictions now in place Waikato District, Hamilton City and Waipa District are now all on Water Alert Level 1. The move to Water Alert Level 1 was triggered by a significant increase in water consumption across the region. Water Alert Level 1 means that sprinklers should only be used between 6am to 8am and 6pm to 8pm, but a […]

Gardening with Ruth 21 November 2017

At the end of October we took a week long break in the South Island. What a glorious time of year to visit that part of this beautiful country. We traveled out to Mount Cook and it was as clear as a bell. The camera got a good work out that day! I was extremely envious of my cousin’s gardens […]

Petal to the metal as the flower festival approaches

The Festival of Flowers, along with the Franklin Rose Show is back for a bigger, better and sweeter smelling show than ever. With variety, colour and skills, you won’t want to miss out on the show that will be held at St Andrew’s Centre, Waiuku on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November. The theme for 2017 is ‘Focus on Franklin’, […]

Outdoor Oasis

There is no better place to enjoy those mild summer evenings other than your own backyard. They are as popular as ever, but if you’ve been neglecting yours these fresh and cool backyard ideas will help liven it up. Just as with interiors, mixing up styles in backyard design yields great results. Be creative and let your backyard become an […]

Tuakau community spirit leads to award

Masterton may have taken out the top prize for Most Beautiful City (population over 20,000), but our very own Tuakau showed that community is the real winner on the day. At a glimmering awards ceremony held in Hastings recently, The Tuakau Clean Up and Planting Group was named the winner of the Community Environmental Initiative Award. The honour, part of the ‘Beautiful […]

Te Toro planting day approaches

It’s time to pull out your gumboots, grab a spade and some friends for a planting day in Te Toro. This Sunday, 29 October, volunteers will be meeting for a planting day, to plant as many of the 10,000 trees and plants as possible. Craig Bowler, has lived in the area for 42 years and has a vision to restore […]

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 […]


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