2021 Friends of Te Ara Kākāriki Meeting

Our Annual Friends of Te Ara Kākāriki Meeting was held on Wednesday 28th July.

Guests gathered for drinks and nibbles in the Lincoln University Commerce Centre before heading into one of the lecture theatres for the meeting. Trust Co-Chair Craig Pauling greeted guests saying Matariki was an appropriate time for our meeting as we reflect on the work over the previous year with many milestones, and look forward to new challenges and exciting projects.

In 2020 we planted our 100th Greendot, and reached an overall total of 100,000 trees which was of course significant but of course the work didn’t stop there and now there are approximately 120,000 trees in the Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway.

It was exciting for everyone to see a recently updated map illustrating all of the Greendots that have been planted across the Selwyn District, both by volunteers and through the Kids Discovery Plantout programme. Craig said: “looking back at where we started, there were none of these. We’ve done all this.”

Landowner David Manhire was presented with a plaque for his property where he is working hard to plant native trees, in remembrance of his late wife who was very passionate about nature.

The audience was visually introduced to the two legacy sites where TAK’s new four employees will focus much of their planting efforts. The first of these is a six hectare block located on a Springfield farm which will eventually see 30,000 native plants as well as walking and biking tracks for the public to be able to enjoy the site too. The second is Ahuriri Lagoon, where 20,000 plants will go in. Working with the local rūnanga has “really brought the relationship alive”.

David Murphy, Team Leader for Partnership Programmes at Environment Canterbury gave a presentation on the Whakaora Te Waihora Project, the restoration of Ahuriri Lagoon.

David described a successful environmental project as one which has lots of people working together, notably Ahuriri Lagoon is the only voluntary co-governance of a water body in Aotearoa New Zealand as far as David is aware. It was certainly a sign of progress to say “let’s work together not because we have to under legislation, but because we want to.

On a map David pointed out the Ahuriri Reserve location between Tai Tapu and Motukarara, which may seem an odd location for a lagoon except that before the land was drained Ahuriri was really a bay of Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere.

It was amazing when David described how the chosen intake point from the Huritini River to Ahuriri, was in fact found to be the exact point of the original lagoon intake. “it was a skin-tingling / divine moment”

The sheer scale and difficulty of the project was illustrated when David described how a 30cm difference in depth had almost derailed it. Installing 130,000 plants while needing a ‘goldilocks’ type window of the perfect weather and ground conditions was also no mean feat, and there were several dicey moments.

Coming up to a year since planting was complete “Ahuriri is coming back to life again” – birds and wildlife are returning, with two wonderful examples – a sleek, healthy looking tuna/eel (Huritini river) and a huge inaka/whitebait (wetland). Pied Stilts have also began nesting on a small island inside the lagoon.

There is plenty of enthusiasm and scope to build on this great piece of work, and expand the area of the lagoon. In the meantime, the initial project and consequent monitoring will serve as an excellent example for other regions considering constructing wetlands.

Watch the video below for the full meeting.

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Sign up for the Te Ara Kākāriki Plantout Tour

Choose from the morning or afternoon tour, or come along to both.

Ecologist Colin Meurk will guide you around two sites on each tour.  The sites include a privately owned site and a public Kids Discovery Plantout site. Find out how to get involved in the Greenway Project as a private landowner or volunteer.

Register for details by emailing [email protected]

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100,000 native seedlings planted in the Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway

A milestone year for Te Ara Kākāriki Greenway 

Past and present trustees and coordinators gathered at Joyce Reserve in Glentunnel to celebrate the planting of the 100,000th native seedling in the Te Ara Kākāriki Canterbury Greenway last week.

Glentunnel school students, Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage, Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton and local leaders joined the trust to plant five Podocarpus tōtara to mark the milestone.

Te Ara Kākāriki began planting native species in Selwyn in 2009 with the aim of restoring biodiversity to Canterbury through the creation of a native Greenway or corridor. The vision is to create a series of Greendots or small forests, linking the mountains to the sea and Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, providing habitat for indigenous birds and wildlife.  Later this year the trust will plant their 100th Greendot site. Continue reading

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Future Proof and Nature Rich with Nicola Toki

For those who missed out or would like to listen again, hear Nicola Toki address guests at the Friends of Te Ara Kākāriki meeting in July 2020

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Friends of Te Ara Kākāriki Meeting – July 22nd, 2020

A Milestone year ahead for Te Ara Kākāriki

Te Ara Kākāriki Co-Chair Craig Pauling greeted over eighty guests at the friends of Te Ara Kākāriki meeting at Lincoln University on Wednesday evening.

Craig spoke of the journey of Te Ara Kākāriki and reflected on the trust achievements in 2019 including the planting of 20,000 native seedlings with the help of 1,700 volunteers. , He acknowledged the contribution of many to achieving Te Ara Kākāriki’s vision to create a native Greenway, linking the Canterbury foothills to the sea, TeWaihora/Lake Ellesmere and Banks Peninsula. Continue reading

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Applications open for 2021 Landowner planting assistance – Closing June 7th

Are you planning to plant your own native Greendot in 2021?

Landowners who are looking to restore a part of their property back to native forest in 2021 are encouraged to apply to Te Ara Kākāriki for native planting assistance.

If you or your community group have a piece of land of at least 1100m2 that can contain 500 native plants and are wanting to restore the site for biodiversity, then please apply.

Successful applicants will receive one or a combination of the following: Continue reading

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Diana Isaac Cup – Apply now!

Together with Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust , Te Ara Kākāriki invite individuals or community groups who have created a Greendot to apply for this award.

This is a way to celebrate and reward exceptional efforts re-establishing indigenous habitat in the Selwyn District especially those who have involved the community in their projects.

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Native Greendots Tour – Sunday April 5th

Due to Covid-19 restrictions our Greendot Tour has been cancelled and Stackwoods Bend planting day has been postponed.  Please check back in May for news on our Friends of Te Ara kākāriki meeting coming up in July.

Join Te Ara Kākāriki on one of our annual Greendot Tours to see what we’ve been up to and how planting native plant species can add to biodiversity. Continue reading

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Join Te Ara Kākāriki as Coordinator Support

Applications now closed

Te Ara Kakariki Greenway Canterbury Trust seek a paid intern to assist the current coordinator with day to day running of the trust as well as host weekend planting events in Spring. Continue reading

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Apply for assistance planting your Greendot in 2020

Landowners who are looking to create or extend a greendot planting on their property can apply for assistance with their project here: Applications now closed  (opening again in May)

Successful applicants can receive one or a combination of the following: Continue reading

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