Environment

Trappers stand down

The regular checking of traps for pest animals such as rats and possums has been suspended by Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird, Pest Free Hibiscus Coast and Shakespear Open Sanctuary for at least the next month while the country is in Covid-19 lockdown. As...... Read More

Wellsford residents take charge of cleaning up the streets.

A group of seven environmental volunteers cleaned up 40kg of rubbish from the streets of Wellsford in just one hour. Organiser Jerusha Tucker says if just 50 of the town’s residents turned up to help at the next clean-up event, it could have...... Read More

Board still pushing for Penlink

The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board is taking no chances when it comes to ensuring that the Penlink Road is built, despite Government assurances that it is fully funded and projected to start late next year (HM February 5). Funding for the 7km Penlink...... Read More

College students key to stopping Kauri dieback in Warkworth

From left, board of trustees chair Dean Iversen, environment group leader Natalie Caldwell, Kauri dieback advisor Zacc Forbes-Smith and forest restoration coordinator Colin Binsted. Kauri trees exchange nutrients with each other through roots which can,...... Read More

Talking rubbish in Orewa

From left, Liam Prince and Hannah Blumhardt brought their message about reducing waste to Orewa this month. A Wellington couple, who have been producing as close to zero waste as possible for the past five years, shared their experiences and ideas...... Read More

Riverside rubbish down on previous years

Volunteers turning up on a Saturday morning earlier this month for an annual clean-up along the banks of the Mahurangi River got a pleasant surprise. The amount of rubbish collected was considerably less than in previous years. This year about 12...... Read More

Fishing prohibited in bid to protect native eels.

Michelle Viljoen and Keelan Viljoen spot eels on the Matakana River jetty. Photo, Stephen Farrell. Richard Didsbury wants to protect New Zealand’s freshwater eels. Finding a jetty on the Matakana River covered in blood has prompted the erection...... Read More

Vegetable seedlings hot property in uncertain times

by Simon Godfrey, owner of We Do Landscaping A local garden centre has reported that vegetable sales are currently at springtime levels – Spring is normally the busiest time of year for sales – with people keen to grow their own food at...... Read More

Trust seeks volunteer trappers for Dunn’s Bush

More volunteers are needed to battle pests in Dunn’s Bush, 7km north-west of Puhoi. The Forest Bridge Trust, which supports pest control in Dunn’s Bush, says volunteer trappers have caught more than 200 pests, including more than 100 possums...... Read More

Waste charges cause recycling concerns

  The Government’s proposed increase to the waste levy are designed to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, but metal recyclers, including Alexander Scrap Metals of Silverdale, say it could in fact lead to more dumping of items such...... Read More