Whareroa News

Whareroa guardians
Whareroa guardians

Many planting activities to improve Whareroa for visitors

By Ann Evans

A variety of planting activities – some high up on the entrance hill where bamboo markers were needed – took place this month.

Northern rata are going on the hillside to the left of the main race and there is some more planting up the Ti Kouka stream.

The last planting bee was really good with lots of children joining in. They both planted and collected bamboos  from previous plantings to re-use.

We finished off by the Hub toilets and then got a good way up the hill above

Matai Bush, enclosing gorse. Laura and Cory did the BBQ with yummy chutney again and then the kids played hide and seek.

Many thanks to: Tony and Helen Griffiths, Bernard McMahon, Jan Nisbet, Ivor, Miyako and Enzo Cammack, Aki

Kurihara, Peter Kentish, Mark, Marie-Louise, Victoria and Rianna Riley, Penny and Ian Redward, Christine Elmiger,

Nick Brunsden, Dick Caldwell, Tatiana Bayne, Peter Davis, Mary Beggs, Dawn Bush, Ruby & Kieran Durrant Bush,

Bruce Bulmer, Ann Evans, Yonexsi Cuevas-Haxton, Laura and Cory van Peer.

Living Legends Schools’ Planting Day

120 enthusiastic children from Raumati South and Paraparaumu Beach Schools planted over 500 plants on a  horrible cold windy wet day July10).

They spent 30 minutes planting, 30 minutes on a bush walk and 30 minutes doing indoor activities and each received a bag of goodies donated by DOC and a Whareroa Guardians sticker.

The trees were funded by the Living Legends project, with Project Crimson. That is the end of this project but it has allowed

vegetation of an important part of the farm, very visible from the highway. Over time the planting will be enhanced  by northern rata and kowhai, some have already gone in along with totara and rewarewa as well as the usual quick-growing trees. Last year’s trees are doing well – see photo. The schools want to come back and DOC and the

Guardians intend to ensure that this will happen. Encouraging youngsters to appreciate the bush and nature and  plant trees is part of the Aims of the Guardians.

DOC rangers Amy, Julie, Dan, Leigh and Rob as well as Guardians Jan, Ann and Dawn took part. Julie Lines cut hundreds of carpet squares to help tree survival. Thanks everyone.

Carpet squares show plants, ngaio planted a year ago.

Raumati South School DOC ranger Dan demonstrated planting.

Muddy hands! A totara  Cairn building has to be put on hold due to the wet ground conditions. Work will start again at the end of winter.

Farm closure: Due to lambing the grazed part of the farm is closed until the end of September. The Cairn View Track is thus closed.


We really appreciate two recent donations by supporters.

Pat Menzies has donated a picnic table to go above Matai Bush – this is a lovely view point looking over the top of

the bush and up the farm valleys. It will be put up when the ground is dry enough to drive up there.

Peter Davis and partner at ADArchitecture have donated two tables to go in the Hub. This will enhance the area

considerably, many families get as far as the Hub and will now be able to sit and enjoy the ambience. Suzi from

DOC is building them – see photo. We hope they will be in place within the next month.

“Give a little”. There is now an opportunity to make a donation very easily to the work of the Whareroa

Guardians through the following site: http://www.givealittle.co.nz/org/WhareroaG Thanks Scott for setting this up.

The site is run by Telecom and all of the donation comes to us, the minimum is $1. All contributions will be  appreciated and will go to Guardians’ activities.

Bird monitoring: Helen and Tony Griffiths have completed 2 years’ monitoring at 5 sites. They are selecting 5  more sites to continue gathering this essential data. Many thanks to you both. The list to date is on the Nature

If you see new birds please send us an email.

Tree falls on the gum section of the Link Track will take some time to clear – in places the root ball has disrupted the track so earthworks will be needed. Please keep out until repairs are complete.

New mountain bike access to the farm. The Kapiti Mountain Bike Club have moved the access  to enter by the information bay to avoid riding through stock in the paddock – the grate will need a hole dug.

They plan to provide a bike washing facility in this area as well.

Future Planting Dates: Sunday 21st July and 4th August.

All welcome, wear boots and gloves and bring tools. Morning tea and lunch hot dog provided.