North Canterbury July eNews


24 June 2016

July eNews

Public Talk: Wilding spread in the Flock Hill/Craigieburn area – history and control

7.30pm Tuesday 12th July WEA,
59 Gloucester Street (opp. Art Gallery)

Nick Ledgard was involved in pine planting for research from which the wilding spread started. He is now on the Waimakariri Environment and Landscape Restoration Alliance (WELRA) which is in charge of controlling wildings in the upper Waimakariri basin and on the Waimakariri Environment and Recreation Trust (WERT) which also does excellent work in the upper Waimakariri Basin.

Supper and a chat afterwards.

Public meeting with Keith Woodley on Bar-tailed Godwits, the S.E. Asian Flyway and Safe Havens in China.

1:30pm - 3.00pm Saturday 25th June 2016
South New Brighton Community Centre

Keith is manager of Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, in the Firth of Thames, which ran the successful campaign to get the bar-tailed godwit named NZ Bird of the Year for 2015. Keith will cover the above topics and others in his address at a meeting organised and supported by Avon Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust (AHEIT) and North Canterbury Forest and Bird. The team at Miranda have been pivotal in the achievement announced in March 2016 of a Memorandum of Agreement with China to establish safe havens for godwits and other migratory birds.

Come and hear how this was achieved, what it means and hear about the other important work Keith and the rest of the Miranda team are involved with. For more details view flyer here.

Mahoe-nui Bush Restoration Project – Upper Site Planting day

9.15 - 11.30am Saturday 2nd July 2016
Summit Road, 900m east of Evans Pass

We need plenty of hands to get 200+ plants in the ground. Equipment and morning tea provided. Please note – parts of the site are quite steep and can be slippery - wear gumboots or sturdy boots.

Please contact Vanessa (, 021 0255 6918) or Peter (, 326 6831, 021 0235 4473) for further information or visit our webpage for Mahoe-nui Bush - here.

'Sanctuary' Working Bees

1 - 3pm Saturday 23rd July
Western end of Coutts Island Road

Our new braided river project called 'The Sanctuary' is on the Waimakariri and is a partnership project with the Parks and Reserves team of Environment Canterbury, in particular with Greg Stanley, who has been doing wonderful work in the area. We made exciting plans together at our last working bee in May as well as doing some planting.

We have working bees coming up on July 23rd 1-3pm, and August 27th 1-3pm (i.e. the fourth Saturday of each month). The meeting place is at the western end of Coutts Island Rd - see map for directions. Wear sturdy footwear, warm clothing and bring garden gloves. For the July working bee phone Colleen 03 981 8556 or text Greg 027 702 0811 for cancellation or information.

We intend holding an official launch with invited guests and fun, interactive, family-friendly activities on September 10th.

Mahoe-nui Bush Restoration Project – Lower Site Planting day

9.15 - 11.30am Saturday 30th July 2016
Big hairpin bend on Evans Pass Rd

Our third winter planting day at Mahoe-nui Bush Lower Site. Equipment and delicious morning tea provided. This site is much gentler gradient so more suitable for kids. Best to wear gumboots or sturdy boots.

Please contact Vanessa (, 021 0255 6918) or Peter (, 326 6831, 021 0235 4473) for further information or visit our webpage for Mahoe-nui Bush - here.

Middelmost Bird Survey

On the 16th May 2016, as part of our mudfish project on Althea MacLean's Oxford farm, Bev Alexander and Chris Martin did a bird survey to ascertain the number of birds, if any, that were already present in the vicinity of the wetland area and stream, prior to enhancement and native planting. The results of the survey can be viewed on the North Canterbury Forest and Bird website here.

It is our intention to repeat this survey at 4 monthly intervals during the foreseeable future.

Canterbury Forest and Bird Facebook Group

We have started a new facebook group which may be accessed here.

Canterbury Water News

  • Can we save Canterbury's problem waterways?  Free public talk at Canterbury University on Wednesday June 29. Details on the university's website.
  • Massive extent of 'water crime' in Canterbury revealed. Megan Hubscher's piece on Forest and Bird website.
  • Press editorial on ECAN's not enforcing water rules.
  • Fish and Game on health of Canterbury rivers.

Climate Change

Chairperson's Report

For a good summary of branch activities, read the Chairperson's annual report online here

Do You Live In One Area And Pay Rates In Another?

If you live and vote in one council district, but pay rates on a property in another district, you may be eligible to enrol as a non-resident ratepayer elector in that other district. Contact the council concerned for an enrolment form for ratepayer electors, and get your vote in for the local body elections October 8th 2016.

If enough of us do this it could make a lot of difference to the type of leadership and concern for environmental issues that we might see in some areas. The ratepayer electoral role closes on August 12th.

Other Events

Kea Advocacy Tour

7:30pm Tuesday 28th June
C2 lecture theatre, Canterbury University

The Kea Conservation Trust's 2016 Winter Advocacy Tour will run for 11 days around the South Island. This year’s theme, “A kea revolution – transforming perceptions to save the world’s only mountain parrot” will look at the process of changing what was a hundred year war against kea, into a battle to save them. It will also look at how our local communities are getting on board to halt keas' slippery slide into oblivion and the ways in which each of us can get involved in the kea revolution.

Garden Bird Survey

Take part in the Annual Garden Bird Survey which runs from June 25 to July 3. There is a form in the latest Forest and Bird magazine or online here.

One Voice Te Reo Kotahi Open Forum

7:30pm Thursday 7th July
WEA 59 Gloucester Street

Celebrating Matariki and the Voices of the Third Sector. For more details see here.

Diary Dates

25 June 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Keith Woodley on Bar-tailed Godwits

28 June 7:30pm
Kea advocacy tour - Canterbury University

2 July 9:15 - 11:30am
Mahoe-nui Upper Site planting day

12 July 7:30pm
Public talk on wilding pines

23 July 1:00 - 3:00pm
'Sanctuary' working bee

30 July 9:15 - 11:30am
Mahoe-nui Lower Site planting day

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