Te Ara Kākāriki finished up the 2021 planting season with a hardy group of volunteers on Sunday October 17th. Two groups of about 40 people braved rain and wind to plant native seedlings at two sites each to create native steppingstones to link the Canterbury foothills with Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere and Banks Peninsula for native birds and wildlife.
The community event and some plants were funded by Central Plains Water and Selwyn District Council meaning lunches and buses could be provided making it easy for volunteers to get to the rural sites.
Jane and Bernard Duncan, along with their family, joined volunteers planting on their farm in Darfield where 600 seedlings including tōtara, manatu /ribbonwood and harakeke/flax were planted on a corner block. Full of stones, it was a difficult site to dig but the importance of doing so was obvious when looking around, as no other natives can be seen in any direction.
The group planted on the McKavanagh farm in Hororata in the afternoon, a wetland site where digging was much more enjoyable. 470 plants were planted including several carex varieties, pokaka and kahikatea. The planting was also a family effort with Leon and Bronwyn’s children and grandchildren helping out. Bronwyn told volunteers how the threatened Canterbury Mudfish had been found nearby and was being monitored regularly. The planting will help to protect that habitat.
A vibrant rainbow greeted the other group of volunteers as they arrived at the William’s Springfield site. 660 seedlings were planted here, just beside Lords Bush, an 8-hectare beech podocarp remnant. It was a particularly wet site underfoot but a pleasure to plant with the backdrop of mature trees being an example of the beautiful forest the small seedlings will become.
The group finished off the afternoon planting 300 seedlings at a Springfield farm site with a well-deserved sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
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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.
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.
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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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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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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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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