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Trappers Report 2017

1. Opening the closed Ridge line Lezette and I met with Simon Matthews, site manager Weiti Station, to discuss access to our closed ridge trapline. Simon reassured us of his commitment to assisting with our trapping program but said that for the next few months access by road to the ridge would be impossible because of continuing road works. He…

Progress Report on Okura Walkway Construction

When I was invited to accompany Alistair Smith from DOC on an inspection of the new Okura Walkway track upgrade last Friday, I jumped at the chance. At this time of year, when the kowhais are flowering, sections of the track are covered in a carpet of golden flowers, and dozens of drunken tui serenade walkers as they pass by.…

Save the Okura Estuary Petition

The Auckland Unitary Plan Hearings Panel’s recommendation to move the Rural Urban Boundary will permit Todd Property Ltd. to carry out an extensive housing development on the southern side of the Okura Estuary. The development will irrevocably destroy the quiet natural beauty of the area. Please let the council know that you want the estuary saved by signing the Long…

Hibiscusmatters: Rats Knocked Down at Okura

In the June 15th issue of Hibiscusmatters Page 25: Members of the Friends of Okura Bush environmental group celebrate the cull of 23 rats in their Knock Down event. Nick Morgan measured and weighed each rat to determine the prize-winners. These Ka Mate traps, designed in Marlborough, are already producing good results in Okura Bush. A total of 60 of…

Stuff: Kauri dieback solution upsets residents

On Stuff today: Kauri dieback solution upsets residents An Auckland advocacy group is shocked by plans to lay plastic on a popular walkway. Friends of Okura Bush has been campaigning for four years for a boardwalk track but the Conservation Department (DOC) plans to install geoweb; a strong plastic filled with bark and covered with gravel. Co-ordinator Geoff Reid was…

Geoweb track no good for kauri

Friends of Okura Bush (FOOB) are concerned that the planned upgrade of the walkway by the Department of Conservation (DOC) will be detrimental to the health of the Okura Bush Scenic Reserve. Furthermore, the same engineering is to be applied to all track upgrades across New Zealand and is likely to lead to long-term damage to forests across the country.…

Track Assessment by Stephen King

At the Request of ‘Friends of Okura Bush’ I conducted a field inspection of the current track in March 2016 to assess issues and required improvements to ensure adequate protection of forest canopy trees. The inspection took place with Geoffrey and Lezette Reid and with a copy of currently proposed treatments supplied to them by the Department of Conservation.

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