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Community Planting Day Saturday 12 June…

COME and DO YOUR BIT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT this winter

As part of the Te Korowai o Papatūānuku Project, Ngāti Te Ata and Āwhitu Landcare invite you to:

COMMUNITY PLANTING DAY – SATURDAY 12 JUNE (wet or fine)

Reretēwhioi Marae

83 Tahurangatira  Road

Waiuku

There are 5000 eco-sourced trees grown by Āwhitu Landcare to plant on this day. Everyone is welcome!

The planting will begin with a karakia at 9am, Health and Safety briefing, followed by a tree planting demonstration then it will be all go!

Under COVID Level 1 everyone will be asked to sign in please.

Please bring a spade, a bottle of water, closed toed shoes and wear warm clothing.

We look forward to your support.

Free Speaker Event & AGM Saturday 26 June, 3pm at Pollok Hall

Come and listen to Dr Mels Barton from Kauri Rescue speaking about combating Kauri Dieback.
Why are Kauri so important to the northern NZ forest ecosystem? Why are they now a threatened species?  What can we do to support and improve kauri health?

We are excited to have such a well-respected scientist as Dr Barton as our guest.

This talk will be followed by refreshments and an update on the work of Landcare over the past year. Hear about the Te Korowai o Papatūānuku Revegetation project, the Predator Free pilot and the community Pest Control network.

Āwhitu Landcare’s Annual General Meeting will be held after the speaker event.

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Recruiting now for Volunteers

Is the environment important to you?

Would you like to contribute to your community?

Āwhitu Landcare is powered largely by volunteers. Could you be one of them?

We are looking for people who have an interest in conservation and who can donate a few hours a month. If you have a background in accounting, IT, fundraising, website development, communications, revegetation, pest control or Committee administration, then we’ve definitely got some volunteer opportunities for you!

You might like to join the Landcare committee, or to contribute your skills on a project x project basis.

Like to know more? Phone Alison on 021 436684

Or better still, come to our AGM event on Saturday 26 June at 3.00pm at Pollok Hall and chat to one of our committee members.

Situations Vacant: Parental Leave Te Korowai o Papatūānuku Nursery Manager

 The Awhitu Landcare Nursery at Matakawau (30 kilometres north of Waiuku) has a full time vacancy for a Nursery Manager (Parental Leave Position) for the Te Korowai o Papatūānuku Project.  We envisage this will be a twelve month contract.

Over a four year period we will produce and plant 250,000 native trees on the Awhitu Peninsula. Our nursery is staffed by employees and volunteers from our community.

The Te Korowai o Papatūānuku Project is funded by MPI and is part of the 1 Billion Trees project.  We have a partnership agreement with Ngāti Te Ata and Auckland Council to achieve our target.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, energetic and preferably horticulturally qualified person to assist in achieving our goals in this hands on role.

The person we seek will ideally have experience in nursery production including seed collection, staff management, accurate record management and a passion for successful restoration of the natural environment.

Communication with volunteers, landowners, our partners and associated organisations are all essential for the success of this position.

We invite applications – please forward a current CV and cover letter to tekorowai@awhitu.org.nz.

Enquiries welcome phone 021 158 6158.

New Faces at Landcare…

We are very pleased to welcome Nicky Reynolds to the position of Project Lead of the Te Korowai o Papatuanuku project at Landcare.

Nicky is a much respected member of Landcare and the Awhitu community.  She comes from a background of conservation, horticulture and team management. Te Korowai o Papatuanuku, which translates as ‘the cloak of mother earth’, is a project funded through MPI and the Billion Trees fund and enables Landcare to provide subsidised plants and support for restoration and revegetation work on private land on the Awhitu Peninsula. 

We also warmly welcome Ngati Kaihau to the nursery. Ngati, who affiliates to our local iwi Ngati te Ata, will be supporting our Nursery Manager Sigrid Sharplin to manage the increase in plant volumes in the nursery over the next 4 years. Ngati lives locally and will be known to many people already for his work as an arborist and bush maintenance services.

Forestry projects restore biodiversity, waterways, and jobs to Awhitu Peninsula

Date: 01 Mar 2021

Media contact: MPI media team

Telephone: 029 894 0328

Email: media@mpi.govt.nz

Restoring native trees and biodiversity and improving waterways on Auckland’s Awhitu Peninsula will be accelerated thanks to 2 projects supported and funded by the One Billion Trees Fund, administered by Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand).

Henry Weston, acting deputy director-general, Te Uru Rākau, says these projects will enable between 15 and 20 jobs to be created for propagation, tree planting and maintenance, and for the expansion of Matakawau Community Nursery’s infrastructure to upscale seedling production from 15,000 to 62,500 stems per year.

The 4-year Te Korowai o Papatūanuku Awhitu Peninsula Project received nearly $1.7 million to grow and plant 250,000 native trees, including the planting and maintenance of up to 49 hectares of high ecological value sites.

“The project is being led by partners Awhitu Landcare, Ngāti Te Ata and Auckland Council, and is a great example of how working in collaboration with our stakeholders delivers environmental and economic outcomes and value for our regions,” says Mr Weston.

Eligible landowners in ecologically sensitive areas will get access to a planting plan, and subsidised native trees to plant and maintain. Planting and maintenance will be undertaken by Awhitu Landcare and Ngāti Te Ata.

“The project will include investment into Ngāti Te Ata’s cultural landscape restoration activities, supporting Kaitiakitanga through a training programme on seed propagation and Mātauranga Māori learnings,” Mr Weston explained.

Auckland Council’s head of natural environment delivery, Phil Brown, said it was a great opportunity to partner with mana whenua, community, and government agencies on this project.

“It’s so satisfying to see the work the Landcare group is carrying out to protect our environment. Any work that benefits the environment, benefits us all,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Weston says waterways in the Auckland region will also benefit from an $80,000 investment by Te Uru Rākau in the Million Metres Streams Project.

Established by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) in 2014, the project’s goal is to plant one million metres (1,000 km) of waterways to restore water quality and habitat health. SBN connects businesses, people, and landowners as part of the project.

“This investment will help support the organisation and the delivery of 20 projects to restore approximately 20 kilometres of waterways with 100,000 seedlings over the next 8 months.”

Alaina Pomeroy, Million Metres Streams Project lead, says Million Metres works with passionate people around Aotearoa to help them take care of their waterways.

“While our work is national in scope, we are currently working with community groups that are focussed on planting in wetlands and streams that flow into Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.”

The Hauraki Gulf will benefit from these projects, with waterway restoration reducing erosion and sediment movement into the Gulf.

Visit Million Metres Streams Project website for more information about their work.

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