North Canterbury eNews August 2017

23 July 2017

August eNews

Kia ora <<Preferred Name>>,

Public Talk: The Story of the Ashburton/Hakatere River 

7:30pm, Tuesday 8th August 2017
WEA, 59 Gloucester Street (op. Art Gallery)

The Story of the Ashburton/Hakatere River: Mountains to the Sea; Past, Present and Future.

The Ashburton Branch of Forest & Bird have had a close and constant association with this important and beautiful regional river. Edith Smith (branch chairperson), John Waugh (Ashburton Water Zone Committee) and Donna Field (DOC) will share their journey to bring an awareness of the needs of the river to the wider community, the challenges due to human habitation and abstraction, and the work being done to ensure a better way forward.

Supper and a chat afterwards. All welcome.

Come and hear all about the Zero Carbon Act

7.00pm, Wednesday 26 July
Space Academy, 371 St Asaph Street

Come and hear all about the Zero Carbon Act - a powerful new law that will put Aotearoa New Zealand on track towards a safe, thriving future.

People around the world are rising up to the challenge of climate change, yet our own carbon emissions are forecast to continue increasing. Now is the time for real climate action. Generation Zero - together with Forest & Bird, WWF and Oxfam - are calling on the next Parliament to acknowledge that climate change is bigger than politics, and commit to net zero carbon by 2050 or sooner, by passing the Zero Carbon Act.

Speakers include:

  • Lan Pham - Elected Councillor, Environment Canterbury
  • Adelia Hallett - Climate Advocate, Forest & Bird
  • Chris Stinson - Generation Zero
  • Pubudu Senanayake - Generation Zero

Join us to hear from some key supporters of the Zero Carbon Act, and find out more about this exciting new framework and how you can get involved in the campaign.

For more information contact Rosalee.

Arthurs Pass Kea Shelter Opening.

Photo: Hugh Thorpe

Working Bees

For more details of our working bees, please go to our website here

  • 'Sanctuary' braided-river project

10am-2pm: Saturday 29th July
Different location, see here for details.

  • Port Hills Planting Project

    1.00-3.30pm: Saturday 20th August (carpool 12.30)
    Ohinetahi Reserve (carpool Princess Margaret Hospital carpark) 

  • Port Hills Planting Project.

    1.00 - 3.30pm (carpooling 12.30) , Sunday 20 August (postponement day 27th August)
    Princess Margaret Hospital Carpark


    Photo: Helen Hills

    Come and help with post-fire tree planting at Ohinetahi Reserve. Ohinetahi is a reserve above Governors Bay owned by the Summit Road Society. About half of the reserve was damaged in the recent Port Hills fires. North Canterbury Forest and Bird will contribute to the restoration of the reserve by planting 250 trees and tending to them for 2-3 years to ensure their survival. The area assigned to us is near the summit road, below the sign of the Bellbird car park.

    To register your interest in joining us (we need to know numbers attending), or for any more information contact: Helen 

    PS: You will need to bring your own spade, gloves, snack, hot drinks. Wear sturdy footwear and warm clothing. As car parking is limited, we plan to car pool from Princess Margaret Hospital car park (leaving at 12.30)

    New North Canterbury Forest and Bird Facebook Page.

    Check out our new face book page here.

    Seven Rivers Walking / Harere Mārire Film Premiere.

    5.45pm, Saturday 19 August
    Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester Street

    Our Film! 'Seven Rivers Walking | Harere Mārire' is to premiere on August 19 at the Isaac Theatre Royal, as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. It will then screen in theatres in Wellington and Auckland - see here for details of other South Island screenings.

    Congratulations to everyone involved.

    Coast Road Wildlife Restoration

    Saturday 19 August 2017
    Barrytown Settlers Hall, Barrytown, West Coast

    The West Coast branch of Forest and Bird are holding a one-day community event in Barrytown to promote the idea of a predator free Punakaiki-Barrytown-Coast Road area. We feel that this could be a community led project which complements the other pest control efforts in the area. We have a number of groups who will share their knowledge, including Conservation Volunteers NZ, Paparoa Wildlife Trust, Petrel Colony Tours, West Coast Blue Penguin Trust, Rainy Creek Ecological Restoration, OSPRI and DOC personnel. Friends of Flora founders will present their experiences with a successful community based predator control project based in Nelson, and DOC scientist Graeme Elliott, an expert in this field, will focus on the benefits of predator control for birds and forests.

    For details contact Kathy Gilbert.  Please RSVP by 31 July 2017 for catering purposes.

    Other Events

    Lincoln Water Meeting

    7.00pm – 9.00pm, Thursday 10 August
    Lincoln High School Hall 

    At this meeting expert speakers will outline health and environmental issues with our water and present ideas for a positive way forward, including changes that we can make to our farming practices.

    Rick Burke - Waikato Sheep and Beef Farmer, Leader of Farmers for Positive Change
    Dr Alistair Humphrey - Canterbury Medical Officer of Health
    Professor Russell Death - Freshwater Ecologist
    Dr Alison Dewes - Veterinarian, Ecologist, 5th Generation Dairy Farmer
    Scott Pearson - Environmental Advisor Fish and Game

    ECO Conference

    25 - 28 August
    Stoke Nelson

    The ECO (Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ) conference is on August 25th - 28th in Stoke, Nelson. The theme of the conference is Environmental Responsibilities and Democracy for the Future: Limits, Pathways and Actions.

    Check out the information on the Conference Information Page.

    Get in touch!

    If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to say hello then please drop us a line.

    Chair - Colleen Phillip (Ph: 981 8556)
    Secretary - Frances Wall
    Treasurer - Hugh Thorpe
    KCC - to be confirmed
    Mahoe-nui Bush - Helen Hills
    Website, eNews - Michael Godfrey
    Boyle Base - Lesley Shand (Ph: 379 0316)
    Calder Green Reserve - Mick Ingram (Ph: 03 384 8080 / 021 816633)

    Membership - for changes to membership or donations.  (Ph: 0800 200 064)

    Committee members - 
    Valerie Campbell
    Steve Attwood

    Penny Wright
    Helen Hills
    Hugh Thorpe
    George Moon
    Rick Robinson
    Shannon Gilmore
    Gabriel Calcott
    Renee Habluetzel
    Paul Broady

    Facebook page

    Links of interest

    Interesting statistics on cycle use in Christchurch.

    Our chairperson Colleen's presentation to One Voice Te Reo Kotahi on the challenges she sees facing the environment sector.

    Government plans to circumvent rules for new coal mines.

    India planning on reforesting 12% of its land

    Guardian article on excessive use of plastic.

    © Vanessa Green

    Diary Dates

    26 July
    Zero Carbon Act

    29 July
    'Sanctuary' working bee

    8 August 7:30pm
    Public talk: The Story of the Ashburton/Hakatere River

    19 August
    Coast Road Wildlife Restoration

    Seven Rivers Walking Film Premiere

    20 August 12:30
    Port Hills Planting

    To see a summary of upcoming events, please visit our website.