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Thursday 12 October 2017

Native Plants for Urban Restoration Public Workshop 9am-2.30pm, 
November 11th 2017 Mystery Creek Nursery 
284 Airport Road, Ohaupo 

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9.00am Welcome 9.15am Talk #1 - Bruce Clarkson - Helpful Ecological Restoration Concepts 
9.45am Discussion and morning tea 10.15am Workshop session 1 
11.00am Workshop session 2 11.45am Quick break 12.00pm Talk #2 + lunch - Flora Panel - Our Amazing Native Plants 
1.00pm Workshop session 3 
1.45pm Workshop session 4 
2.30pm Closing discussion (casual)

This free workshop will cover many topics relevant to ecological restoration with native plants. This will apply to only to urban landscapes, but peri-urban and rural as well. 
All welcome. 
Workshop options: 
• Restoration steps & goals 
• Native plant identification 
• Native plant propagation 
• Pest plant ID & control 
• Planting for bank stability 

Spaces are limited. - email with your name and address - attendance is free, we just ask that you arrive on time :) 
Please bring: • Lunch (morning tea provided) 
• Gully guide if you have one 
• Questions and enthusiasm! 
• Cash if you are interested in purchasing relevant books 

Tuesday 10 October 2017


Kia ora All
Just a reminder that next week is ‘Conservation Week’ , theme this year is ‘Love My Backyard’ so please take the time to do a little or a lot in your backyard or the city, every bit helps.

I’ve listed some of the projects we have at Hamilton City Council , ‘Community Planting programme’ events.

Here are the links for projects I have  listed to date……

If you, or anyone you know  have a project that you would like to list please follow the links through the Department of Conservation website;
Note: apparently can take couple of days to list events through ‘Eventfinda’ as need to be validated by website administrators.

Ngā mihi nui


Gerard Kelly
Community Planting Co-ordinator | Parks and Open Spaces

DDI: 07 838 6501 | Mob: 021 286 2066 | Email:

Tuesday 4 July 2017


Use those pallets lying around the city to construct these rat traps:

Awesome tunnel building aka 'Trap Bash' at Acorn ITM on Riverlea Road Hamilton for Pest Free Riverlea. ACORN donated the materials and staff member Lauren and the space and the bbq!
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Press Release to Waikato Times



July 5, 2017

Tui 2000 Inc receives Substantial grants for plantings at Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park

“Two substantial grants have been awarded to the environmental group Tui 2000 Inc. to undertake further planting work for the next four years at the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park (WNHP).  The grants were from Waikato Regional Council, a total of $361535 over four years and Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust of $80,000, also over four years – a total of $441,535,” Lynne Garnham, Chairperson of Tui 2000, said today.
“Tui 2000 is a community group, established in 1989, with the goal of bringing native birds back to Hamilton City and central Waikato with the re-establishment of habitat.  Taking one of the leading roles in the Waiwhakareke Advisory Group (WAG), Tui 2000 Inc has led the way for funding grants for WNHP.  The grants cover the costs for a mix of pioneering, enrichment and infill plants in the Park" she added.
WNHP is being developed as a representative example of the original ecosystem diversity of the Hamilton Basin and will become one of Hamilton’s most important parks, especially significant as it is situated in an urban environment.  Half of the park has now been planted and is already recognized both nationally and internationally, the most recent recognition from the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia with a “highly commended”. The park is also in the catchment of Lake Rotokauri and the improvements in water quality enabled by these plantings will flow through to that lake and eventually the Waipa and the Waikato Rivers.
The WNHP is led by a community partnership and involves a wide range of community members from council staff, academics, iwi representatives, retired business people, students, school children, minority groups who are passionate about the project and its vision. 
“Volunteers have been planting native trees and shrubs at WNHP since 2004, and these grants are recognition of these hundreds of people, young and old, from all walks of life who have devoted thousands of hours to this park”, Ms Garnham concluded

Friends of Waiwhakareke and the Potting Groups have received massive support in June with over 30 people at the planting day at Waiwhakareke and more than 20 at each of the potting sessions at the Mystery Creek Nursery.
There will be 2 sessions at Mystery Creek again this month - 7th and 21st July. 284 Airport Rd., 9am- noon
 Infill planting of enrichment plants

Hare damage even with spraying and cullings of the Arbor Day plants.

Thursday 1 June 2017

The Friends of Waiwhakareke Potting Group 

9.00am - Noon

284 Airport Rd. near the Orange Field Days entrance at Mystery Creek Events Centre
Contact person: Catherine
07 855 8296

The Friends are holding TWO Potting Sessions this MONTH of JUNE.

Friday 9th and  Friday 23rd.  The midmonth session cancelled because of Fieldays

Saturday 27 May 2017

Friends Planting Day at Waiwhakareke

Wow 34 volunteers arrived yesterday even with the awful weather predicted!  No rain at all thought it was wet enough scrambling through the 'bush'.  The volunteers were from all walks of life...a 76 year old 'birthday' boy, high school young men, grandchildren and all highly enthusiastic to take part - first timers and the hardworking regulars. 
All the enrichment plants were planted.  Paul has carried off another event arranged with military precision and a huge amount of preparation and planning. Just to get the plants from various nurseries and the exact number of the various plants has taken weeks of planning by him and Catherine Smith.

I felt that the enthusiasm by the Public for the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park is growing exponentially  With increased enthusiasm for the Park to be open for all to enjoy, will also increase the pressure on HCC to get the infrastructure in place that HCC itself requires of the Partners to be in place before that occurs

Great work by the Friends of Waiwhakareke Potting Group to have the plants ready for planting.    See you all next month.  Winter is our window of opportunity to plant the enrichment plants.