Your views on the next New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy

A new DOC biodiversity strategy is needed to address current issues and incorporate new approaches to managing biodiversity. The old one is nearly twenty years old, and expires in 2020. A lot has changed since then. It’s now recognised that strategies need to be ecosystem based, and integrated on a landscape scale. Within that concept, everybody’s contribution, whether it be riparian planting, wetland creation, predator control, to waste minimisation and climate change response will be important.  20181012_154346Whatever you are engaged in, contribute your knowledge and views here. Have your say!

Collecting seed to save a species — Conservation blog

Myrtle rust is a fungal disease affecting New Zealand’s native Myrtaceae family. More than 60 million Myrtaceae seeds have been collected for long term storage to future proof these plants from the diesease. Technical Threats Advisor Jacqui Bond has been working on the collection of seed from populations of 37 threatened species around the country.

via Collecting seed to save a species — Conservation blog

‘Upscaling restoration of native biodiversity: A New Zealand perspective’ New research from David A. Norton, Jason Butt and David O. Bergin.


‘Efforts are being made to upscale restoration of New Zealand’s native ecosystems. Success depends, however, on consideration of several key issues that need to be built into restoration planning, implementation and monitoring. This study makes eight recommendations to improve the prospect of obtaining the hoped-for biodiversity conservation outcomes.’

This article really covers the ground that HELP Waihi Inc. covers, literally.

Key words: community involvement, eco-sourcing, landscape scale, nursery production, restoration. That’s HELP!

Community involvement. That might be you, or someone you know. If you have a bit of time and energy to put into making the planet a better place, come along! Bring a friend. There is always more that can be done, and the more the merrier. Learn new things, and work with a friendly and dedicated group of people, with a wide range of tasks to suit all skill levels. Tuesday mornings, at the Farm Unit up the back of the college. Cheers.

Waitekauri Valley Landcare Group. First Planting!

On Tuesday morning 19th June HELP Waihi will be supporting a fledgling local group, the ‘Waitekauri Valley Landcare Group’, who will be carrying out their first major native planting as a group, at the old gold mining township area of ‘Waitekauri’.

The beautiful Waitekauri Valley near Waihi contains the Waitekauri River and tributaries, all of which originate in the bush of the Coromandel Forest Park, that bounds it on three sides. At the southern end the valley widens out onto the Waihi Basin, and the Waitekauri River tributes to the Ohinemuri at the eastern edge of Waikino village.

The site chosen is a stream/wetland area that contributes to the Waitekauri after running over farmland, and the planting will help further improve water quality. The river won an award last year for ‘Most Improved in Region for E. Coli’, monitored over the last ten years, thanks to the efforts of the farmers, a great result.


Waitekauri Wetland Planting River Award

The project will be a combined community effort, with some riparian landowners, (who make up a large part of the group), volunteers from Waikino village, some from Waikino School, HELP Waihi Inc., an HDC Councillor, WRC, some French travellers, even Paeroa StreamCare if they can make it. Bring some friends!

Gathering at 9am, we aim to have close to 500 plants, trees, shrubs, flax, and native sedges, in the ground by around 11, and then share a BBQ brunch and hot cuppa. Bring a bit of food to share, good boots and gear for the wet, latex gloves available. Most holes will be drilled, spades optional. Site is about halfway up the Waitekauri Road, a couple of hundred metres before Scheltema Rd.

The Day! Team talk;


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