North Canterbury eNews March 2018


1 March 2018

March eNews

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Seaweek Cycle

10:30am – 1:00pm, Sunday March 11
Meet at Tidal View off Humphries Drive. Look for Forest and Bird flag.

Forest and Bird and friends invite you to ride from Ferrymead to Sumner, with a feature talk by Islay Marsden “What are the Birds Feeding on in the Estuary?” We can spend time to stop, watch the birds and talk about them along the way, so bring binoculars if you have them.

Optional: dress up your bike and/or yourself with a marine theme. Spot prizes! A fun event for all ages (under 14s must have an adult with them.) This is part of the NZAEE Seaweek Program. Any questions, contact Colleen (03) 981 8556.

Seaweek Talk

7:00pm – 9:00pm, Tuesday March 6
Environment Canterbury Council Chamber, 200 Tuam Street.

Paul Broady will speak about Beautiful Phytoplankton and their role in changing oceans. For further details check out Seaweek website and talk flyer here.

ECO Canterbury Network Forum

7.30pm, Tuesday March 13th
WEA, 59 Gloucester Street

There will be no North Canterbury Forest and Bird public talk this month. We are holding talks every two months, the next being on April 10th entitled Westland Petrels and their influence on forest ecology and biodiversity by Dr David Hawke. In those months where Forest and Bird have no talks, we will be promoting talks by organisations with whom we closely work.

This month ECO Canterbury will hold a meeting for environment and conservation groups to respond to the local government (Environment Canterbury and Christchurch City Council) long-term plans. What do we like? What do we want? How to respond. The meeting will have a panel of guests giving a short introduction to the main issues, particularly around biodiversity and climate, and then there will be an open forum for discussion and action.

Mudfish Project Planting Day
Big thank you to the Canterbury University Tramping Club for helping us and Working Waters Trust plant over 250 plants at Middelmost to help the critically endangered Canterbury mudfish. As endangered as kakapo and just as precious!
Book Sale

9:00am – Noon, Saturday March 17
Green Room, Community Hall, Diamond Harbour.

Come and support Forest & Bird by donating and/or buying books at the Diamond Harbour book sale and Forest & Bird local members’ get together. The North Canterbury branch Chairperson and other committee members will be at the sale all morning and are keen to hear about Diamond Harbour and Diamond Harbour members’ views and ideas.

Working Bees

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

Boyle Base
Colleen on a recent trip to Boyle Base to show Cynthia Roberts, Environment Canterbury councillor, what we do up there. Many birds seen - South Island robins, tomtit, bellbird, riflemen to name a few. Our trappers are to be commended on their commitment to the area and congratulated on making a difference! If you want to get involved in trapping or just want to spend some time in the Lewis Pass getting to know the area better, contact Frances the branch secretary to book time at the hut or to be put in touch with the trapping team.

Concerns about New Seawall on Estuary

The Christchurch City Council is proposing to redevelop the seawall facing the Avon Heathcote estuary adjacent to Humphreys Drive, incorporating a further extension of the Rapanui-Shag Rock cycleway.

However the North Canterbury branch, along with the Avon Heathcote Ihutai Estuary Trust have serious concerns about this major development and its impacts on a nationally significant Estuary, its birdlife and ecology.

The branch’s concerns are that the proposed seawall reclamation will have an average width of four metres; at times up to nearly seven metres. This means taking at least another 2000 square metres of the estuary, potentially disturbing hundreds of godwits, oyster catchers and other birds feeding along the tidal edge. North Canterbury Forest and Bird believes this is too greater an environmental risk, when there are other options.

There are also concerns that New Zealand has signed two international agreements to protect the diminishing habitat of migratory birds such as bar-tailed godwits which fly thousands of kilometres to Siberia and Alaska. This development appears to contradict the spirit if not the letter of these agreements.

One alternative we have suggested is to build the cycleway along the western or inland side of Humphreys Drive, next to Charlesworth Reserve. Secondly to put the new route through Charlesworth itself. Both these options have been ruled out by the City Council project team. It wants to use NZTA cycleway funding to assist with the construction of the seawall.

Resource consents now have to be obtained from ECan and the City Council. Forest and Bird, North Canterbury, will be arguing for notification so the public can make submissions.

Ainslie Talbot

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 - Karen Goky-Curry and Fiona Miller
Mahoe-nui Bush - Helen Hills
Website, eNews - Michael Godfrey
Boyle Base - Branch Secretary
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
Ainslie Talbot

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

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