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FOREST AND BIRD – CENTRAL AUCKLAND ISSUE NUMBER 95 – FEBRUARY 2010

MEETINGS –MARCH 2010 ̶ SEPTEMBER 2010 In This Issue


Chair’s Report p. 2
Meetings are held in the Parnell Community Centre, 545
KCC Christmas party p.2
Parnell Road, (Jubilee Building) on Sunday afternoons in the
Hobson Room at 2.30 pm. Plenty of parking is behind the Update on Pollen and
Centre. A donation of a gold coin to help defray hall costs Traherne Islands p.3
would be appreciated. KCC Programme p.4
Activities Programme p. 5
MOTUTAPU & AND RANGITOTO ISLANDS – Motutapu & kakariki p. 6
Nanda McLaren Big award for former
Sunday, 21 March 2010 F&B winner
p. 6
This year a pest control project has started for Motutapu and Green Schools Winner
p. 7
Rangitoto Islands through the Motutapu Restoration Trust. As New KCC website
p. 7
a volunteer with the Trust, Nanda is very involved with work
on Motutapu Island. Come to hear what these volunteers are doing with Department of
Conservation to restore Motutapu’s native life.

HOW TO CATCH A RIFLEMAN – Simon Fordham; our Annual General Meeting


Sunday, 16 May 2010
Simon has been very involved with the translocation of 31 Riflemen, New Zealand’s
smallest bird, to Tiritiri Matangi Island. He is a brilliant wildlife photographer, and this is
definitely a talk not to be missed.

BIRD RESCUE – Sylvia Durrant


Sunday, 18 July 2010
Sylvia Durrant is so well know through her work with bird rescue that she hardly needs an
introduction [see Te Karere October 2009, pg 7]. Please bring old towels, sheets, etc. to
donate to the Bird Rescue Centre for Sylvia to use when she cares for the injured birds.

THE CASE FOR A KERMADEC SANCTUARY – Karen Baird


Sunday, 19 September 2010
Karen works in the Auckland office of Forest and Bird and is spearheading an exciting new
campaign in partnership with Pew Environment Trusts’ Global Legacy project and jointly
with WWF-NZ [World Wildlife Fund for nature] to create the largest protected marine area
on the planet. Come and hear of their successful endeavours during the year.

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Chair’s Report
The beginning of a new decade, and I was In keeping with promoting activity by
going to kick off with the excitingly positive children in conservation, just before
news that the new KCC website which last Christmas our branch awarded Waitoki
year our branch funded, was up and running School with our Green Schools Award for
the week before Christmas. Circumstances their work in creating a habitat to encourage
are such since I first thought about writing the native birds into their school area. The
this report that I feel I can’t mention the new $1000 prize money is going towards building
KCC website without first paying tribute to a potting-shed/hot-house and installing
the person responsible for getting the final permanent irrigation for their plantings. More
push done. That person was Helen Bain, the information about their project is available on
Manager of Communications in Forest and the new KCC website. Please refer to it if
Bird. you can; it is very inspirational.

Some of you will already know Helen (38) Anne


was tragically killed in an accident the week
after Christmas. As both an executive Kiwi Conservation Club
member and a branch chair, I will miss Christmas Party
working with this energetic and outspoken
young woman. I must say I did enjoy having On the afternoon of 6 December, about
another woman in those executive meetings 10 kids, their parents and KCC staff had
with me ̶ one willing to speak out about lots of fun at the annual KCC Christmas
things that concerned her, and one so party. At the Waitakere Forest and Bird
committed to Forest and Bird. What a house on Piha beach, they learned about
bonus!! penguins and had a go at being one. It
was great weather & everyone had fun
Our branch held a bit of a special place with going down to the beach.
Helen, because we agreed to pay the not
insignificant costs of getting a new website
created for KCC, when all previous offers had
fallen through. Until we came to the rescue,
as it were, only a lack of money was holding
the project back. We entrusted that money
with her team, and we weren’t let down at all.
.
The very last thing Helen did for Forest and
Bird before her leaving work for Christmas
holidays and then having the accident which
took her life way, way too soon, was to have a
wee word with the website-builders in order Everyone’s a penguin as they try on the
to get the KCC website publicly launched penguin costume
before Christmas, as she’d promised the The costumes were a hit! Siobhan's
society’s Executive. children wore them at the beginning and
then most of the kids tried them on later.
The new KCC website is an excellent The blue T-shirts and colouring books
educational tool; so full of fun, games and were also well received - Siobhan's
information about conservation. As Helen nephew is wearing one of the T-shirts in
herself did merely two days before her the photo. Exchanging anonymous gifts
accident, and on the day after Boxing Day and a sausage sizzle added to
when most people are still bemoaning having everyone’s fun.
eaten too much at Christmas, I recommend
that you take a look at it if you haven’t
already: www.kcc.org.nz or via the main
Forest and Bird website.

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Update on
Pollen and Traherne Islands
There has been a lot of Forest and Bird
activity on Pollen and Traherne Islands since
we wrote about the area in the October issue
of this newsletter. Along with members of
Waitakere branch, we made a boat-trip to
Pollen Island to look for and record its flora
and fauna. To our delight, three pairs of fern
bird were sighted, as well as a couple of
spoonbills.

For the same reason, we also had two Forest  


Banded rail tracks on Traherne Island
and Bird walks out around Traherne Island, in
November and December. On another walk Keeping the channel of water open would
in January we accompanied the New Zealand also maintain the mangroves around the
Transport Authority and the Auckland islands. We are talking with NZTA right now
Motorway Alliance, the Regional Council, about how to keep the water channel
ACC and DoC. Although we did not sight any between the new motorway and the island.
fern birds, despite the island’s prime habitat All consideration of boardwalks and better
for them, we did find a naturally rare plant, access is in relation to Traherne only, already
Mimulus repens, and confirmed tracks of connected to the causeway by a cycleway.
banded rail.
Plans are for widening the causeway three to
five metres and widening the road. We are
working closely with NZTA/AMA especially on
protecting the birds and plants in the area
during the planned road widening and
uplifting. If anyone has especial interest in
this area, please contact us via our branch
email (forestandbird@gmail.com).

 
Rare Mimulus repens threatened by
SH 16 extension on Traherne Island

The Mimulus plant is located right in the way


of the proposed motorway expansion. The
Vegetation Management Plan for Traherne
which NZTA et al have now officially adopted
requires that the Mimulus be moved until the
roadworks for SH 16 are done, and then
replanted on Traherne. Hopefully it will
survive the disruption.  
A real coalition of interested parties:
Mike Wilcox, Auckland Botanical Society
The apparent absence of fern birds on
President; Wendy John, Friends of Oakley
Traherne is likely due to access by animal
Creek; John Dwyer, Unitec student; David
pests, like hedgehog, cats and rats. The
Grieg, NZTA & Manager of Traherne
existence of fern bird on Pollen, however,
Management project; Michael Coote,
gives us reason to ask NZTA about the
Waitakere Forest and Bird; Sandra Jack, ex
likelihood of keeping Pollen Island as an
manager Ark in the Park, now DoC
island as opposed to having the new widened
Community Relations; and Alan Emmerson,
motorway physically encroach onto it. We
Northshore F&B
want to avoid providing access for pests to go
to Pollen from Traherne.

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KCC NEWSLETTER MARCH 2010 TO JUNE 2010
YOUR VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS ARE SIOBHAN, MARIANNE AND MARGUERITE

Access our website on www.forestandbird.org.nz/centralauckland.


To join our email tree to receive up-to-the-minute news on conservation topics, please email
Siobhan - siobhanlatham@xtra.c.nz - with “KCC email tree” in the subject line.

PROGRAMME
SUNDAY 14 MARCH 2010 EXPLORE THE UNDERWATER WORLD
Meet at the Leigh Marine Reserve, under the big pohutukawa tree to the left of the staircase down to the
beach, at 11 a.m. We will explore the rocky shore on foot and with masks and snorkel (for confident
swimmers).
You will need warm clothes, sturdy shoes, flippers and/or sand shoes, togs, towel, mask and snorkel and/or
swimming goggles, a hat, and sunscreen. And a picnic, drinks, and snacks. There will be a small charge per
person for snorkel hire and guiding.
Book with Siobhan by email: siobhanlatham@xtra.c.nz.

SUNDAY 25 APRIL2010 (ANZAC DAY) FUNGI FIELD TRIP


Fungi love autumn! Peter Buchanan (a fungi expert) will join us in a local bush area at 2.00pm to open our
eyes to what is under our feet and explain why fungi are special. It is amazing what you will find once you
know what you are looking for.
Venue to be confirmed and time may be subject to change, so it is essential to book with Marianne:
marianne@value.net.nz.

SUNDAY 23 MAY 2010 NZ LIZARDS


Join us for an exciting visit to the Creatures Unlimited Lab in Titirangi, where we will see lots of weta,
native and exotic lizards and spiders! Brian Lawton (aka the lizard man) will answer our questions about te
whanau aitanga (creepy crawlies). Brian is also an animal wrangler for film and TV so you can ask him
about that, too! KCC members are free ($10 per non-member child).
Meet at Woodlands Park School car park, 202 Woodlands Park Road, Titirangi at 10am. Numbers are
limited so it is essential to book with Suzy: suzygoss@gmail.com .

SUNDAY 20 JUNE 2010 PLANTING ON MOTUTAPU ISLAND


Motutapu is experiencing an exciting, large scale and long term transformation. The Motutapu Restoration
Trust is working hard to restore the natural and cultural landscapes of this beautiful island - "breathing new
life into an ancient landform". There will be a sausage sizzle at the newly restored Reid Homestead in Home
Bay (near the wharf) at the end of the day before catching the ferry back. This is a KCC event but open to all
members of Forest and Bird in the Auckland area.
Please bring water and lunch, suitable footwear, warm clothing, a raincoat and gardening gloves (if possible).
Meet at the 360 ferry building at Pier 4, Quay St (to the left of the Fullers Wharves) at approx 8.45am to
buy tickets ($20). The ferry leaves at 9.15am and returns at 3.30pm.
Book with Marguerite: mlp418@gmail.com .

Any problems? Any questions? Please phone Marguerite on 376 1149.


PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES:
MARCH – JULY 2010
grown in family groups; a seasonal garden
BUS TRIPS AND VISITS where the challenge is still to have some plant
FIELD TRIPS BY BUS: Unless otherwise or vista at its best every week of the year; a
stated, the bus will leave from the lower garden where still ponds and cascades of
Albert Street bus stop at 9am. All trips pick up water create a sense of tranquillity; a garden
at the Takapuna Rose Gardens. Trips filled with moments of drama and lots of
heading south also pick up at Harp of Erin, heady perfume.
whilst those heading north also pick up at BOOK: with Isabel on 528 3986
Point Chevalier. Please advise where you will COST: $33.00 (includes garden entry fee)
board the bus when booking your trip. You
should be suitably clad and shod for the area
SATURDAY 15 MAY 2010
and conditions expected.
TIRITIRI MATANGI ISLAND - DAY TRIP
BOOKINGS: please forward a cheque Book your own passage with 360 Discovery
payable to FOREST & BIRD SOCIETY to the on 0800 360 347. For those of you travelling
booking officer immediately after booking. from Auckland tell 360 that you will be
Refunds will not be given (except for sudden
travelling on your Gold Card to Gulf Harbour
illness or urgent reasons, at the discretion of
the committee) unless cancellation is notified but need a ticket from Gulf Harbour to Tiri. -
by the Wednesday prior to the trip. cost: $34.00 return. (A 360 rep. will bring
your ticket to the boat when you arrive at
G.H.) Boat leaves Auckland at 9.00am and
SATURDAY 20 MARCH 2010 Gulf Harbour at 9.45 am. We will guide you
ARK IN THE PARK on your exploration of this conservation gem -
Here is your chance to visit this wonderful so no need to book a guide but do bring some
piece of Waitakere bush where North Island money to spend in the magical shop! Packed
robins and stitchbirds have been released in lunch, water (tea and coffee available on the
recent years. We hope to have a talk from island), rain coat and sensible footwear
one of the volunteers and spend a relaxed day essential.
walking some of the tracks. BOOK: with Sally on 528 7506 and for more
BOOK: with Lou on 376 4072 information.
COST: $20.00
SATURDAY 19 JUNE 2010
EXPLORING THE PUHOI AREA
Our trip includes lunch at the historic Puhoi
Pub (tempura batter fish, chips and salad,
light dessert and tea and coffee).
BOOK: with John on 528 7506
COST: $36.00 - includes lunch

Two of many beautiful sights in Ayrlies Garden SATURDAY 17 JULY 2010


SATURDAY 17 APRIL 2010 KAIPARA COAST
AYRLIES IN THE AUTUMN SCULPTURE GARDEN
A return trip to this amazing Whit ford Explore this interesting garden, browse in the
Garden - see it in its autumn regalia. Beverly plant centre or sit and enjoy the bird song.
McConnell, the inspiration and perspiration Stroll along a gentle 1km sculpture and
behind Ayrlies, says: The garden evolved out garden trail, set in a tranquil and inspirational
of a desire to create a larger informal country rural oasis; it has over 50 selected sculptures
garden, reminiscent of the homestead gardens by leading New Zealand artists and is located
of my Hawkes Bay childhood; a garden where at award winning Kaipara Coast Plant Centre.
the contours of the land dictated the shape; a BOOK: with Lou on 376 4072
garden where there was space for larger trees COST: $ 28.00

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Kakariki need you! nursery doing native seedling
propagation as well controlling serious
The recent successful pest eradication weeds in the rapidly growing “volunteer”
programme on Motutapu and Rangitoto forest. There is a volunteer day every
means that a massive 3,800 hectares has first, third and fifth Sunday of the month
been added to the pest-free islands of the from January to December except on
Hauraki Gulf. Credit goes to Department public holiday weekends.
of Conservation Auckland area manager
Brett Butland and project manager To register email
Richard Griffiths for their work on this admin@motutapu.org.nz or phone 09
extremely complex pest removal 5245 072 or 09 522 0919.
exercise.
For more information visit
Already over 450,000 native plants have www.motutapu.org.nz or come to the
been propagated, grounded and Branch Meeting on Sunday March 21st to
protected from invasive weeds over the hear more about this important project.
past 15 years by thousands of volunteers.
Over 70 hectares of native forest is
growing in the fertile ash from the
Rangitoto eruption. Now that the island is
virtually pest free, an increasing native
bird population needs a blossoming and
fruiting forest to feed them.

Success Story for Previous Forest and


Bird Award Recipient
In 2007 James Russell (above, with weka)
won a MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the
Year award towards which the central
One of the new kakariki on Motutapu
Auckland branch contributes enough to have
For example, kakariki timed perfectly their a Gold Sponsor status. Now Dr. Russell has
recent arrival on Motutapu to have a stab recently earned a government FRST award.
at breeding; the family group of five plus a He will continue researching island invasions
by invasive rats, which garnered him the
couple of friends should all be doing well.
2007 award. He will use previously collected
But they and other native birds will ecological and genetic data to understand
require a food source from native forest. how rats invade islands and determine
whether a population can be established by
You can help prepare such a forest - the arrival of a single pregnant female. Dr
volunteers of all ages are needed to plant Russell will use the resulting model to test a
the trees of an ideal habitat for some of real rat invasion on an island. The spread
our endangered and rare native species. and density of the rat population on the island
KCC is joining the June 20, 2010 planting will be monitored over two years, allowing Dr
day. We encourage all KCC and Forest Russell to test the accuracy of his model. Dr
and Bird members to enjoy a special day Russell’s work will be used to prevent
ongoing rat reinvasions of islands in New
out and contribute to this significant
Zealand and will also provide new information
conservation project. about the behaviour and subsequent rate of
spread of the first animals to colonise a new
If you can’t wait that long, volunteers are location.
required all year round to work in the

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Green Schools Winner The money will be used to enable students to
Waitoki Primary grow native seedlings themselves. They plan
Auckland’s Waitoki School is soon going to be to build both a shade-house and install a drip
a haven for birdlife and insect-life, now they irrigation system. Of course, these seedlings
have scooped this year’s Green Schools will later be planted in the school grounds. On
Award. Waitoki School prides itself on top of this, the school will sprinkle the area with
recognising its students as individuals nesting boxes and bird-feeders filled with sugar
who bring a range of experiences and talents water, honey and seeds to attract tui, waxeyes,
to the school. A “virtues programme” is in wood pigeon (kereru) and kokako.
place to encourage good social skills
including honesty, politeness and respect for The annual Green Schools award is open to
others and the environment. Currently, the primary and intermediate schools in the central
school is surrounded by farmland which is Auckland region. For more information see
filled with exotic animals such as horses, http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-
llamas, bison, alpacas, highland cattle and do/branches/central-auckland/green-schools-
giraffes. However, with the $1000 from the award.
Green Schools award, the school can replant
the area with kahikatea, totara, puriri,
cabbage and flax trees.

It’s finally here – the Kiwi Conservation Club website!


Born a week before Christmas last year, this makes learning about New Zealand wildlife
new website came about because of central fun. Even adults can learn something from it.
Auckland’s exclusive funding to create it. It is Do encourage children to access it – they will
impressive with information, games, activities, find it fun, informative, and hopefully
movement, colours, etc. Teachers will inspirational. It has its own internet access at
welcome it as an educational resource, and it http://www.kcc.org.nz .

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Members of your committee Useful Auckland City contacts
Anne Fenn - Chair, fenn4@xtra.co.nz 1. Public Transport Information (for bus, train, ferry and
Isabel Still - Secretary, 528-3986 carpooling), phone Maxx on 366-6400 or view their
John Hally - Treasurer, 528-7506 website at www.maxx.co.nz.
Marguerite Pearson - KCC, 376-1149 2. Pollution Hotline 24-hour, in Auckland area: 377-3107.
Barbara Thomborson - newsletter editor, 3. Information & Services - Auckland Regional Council,
bt@bt.gen.nz; 585-1370 view www.arc.govt.nz; ph. Enviroline on 0800 80 60
Peter Riddick - Conservation, 524-2229 40. The site has plant & animal pest fact sheets.
Mark Winter m_winter14@hotmail.com
4. North Shore Bird Rescue Centre; contact Sylvia
Our Email: forestandbird@gmail.com Durrant on 478 8819.
Auckland Regional Office: 302 0203; 302 3901

Contact any of us if you want to contribute to what Forest & Bird does in the Central Auckland Branch.

Our website: www.forestandbird.org.nz, refer "What's On in Your Area" and then "Events"

TE KARERE is your newsletter - if you have any comments on its presentation or the type
of information included, please let us know. It is also a way your committee keeps you
informed about the local events and meetings and the local and regional issues with
which your committee is involved. Any feedback you have is welcome and may be
directed to the postal address on this page, attention Anne Fenn, or by email to the Editor
at forestandbird@gmail.com.

Any opinions expressed in feature or guest articles contributed to Te Karere


are those of the contributing authors, societies or other organizations and are
not the opinions or policies of Forest & Bird, nor are they necessarily endorsed
by Forest & Bird.

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