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Political Panel on Conservation Hosted by Forest and Bird

Surveys show that conservation is a top voter concern (Stuff.co.nz / Massey UniversityElection Survey). The North Shore branch of Forest and Bird will host a political panel on 4 September, to quiz candidates on their parties’ policies regarding freshwater, climate change, biodiversity and habitat loss, and working with public agencies such as the Department of Conservation.

Trappers Report April 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…

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