North Canterbury November eNews

17 October 2017

November eNews

Field Trip: Styx River

1:00-5:30pm, Sunday 22 October
Meet Nunweek Park (Wooldridge Road - look out for the Forest and Bird flag)


Photo: Hugh Thorpe

October's North Canterbury Forest & Bird field trip is along the Styx River and will focus on the six values for which the City manages our rivers - landscape, ecology, recreation, culture, heritage and drainage. We will start at Nunweek Park and (time permitting) finish at the flood gates where the Styx joins the Waimakariri River at Brooklands.

The trip entails a mix of bussing and walking from the top of the Styx River to the bottom (time permitting). In total there will be about 2.5km of easy walking. It will begin at Nunweek Park (Wooldridge Rd.) where there is ample parking for cars (or bikes!) The Forest and Bird banner will signal the gathering point.

For more information about the trip, look at the Forest and Bird website here and for more about the Styx River check out the Styx-Purakunui Living Laboratory Trust website here.

Please email Hugh Thorpe to confirm your attendance by Thursday 19th October. There is a cost of $20 per person for the bus hire. Please pay $20 into 06 0829 0090255 30 with reference: Styx and particulars: Your name or email Hugh to arrange other payment options.

Public Talk.  

Please note there is no public talk in November.

With the South Island Gathering, the Hinewai Open Day on November 5th, and the Bentley Project screening organised by (for details see here) as well as the project working bees, there is a lot of activity this November.

Our public talks are an important aspect of our work.They allow in-depth conversations about important issues and are community building. They also sometimes lead to ongoing work and strengthen our relationships with other organisations and groups. However, we are reviewing our public talk programme, asking questions about their frequency and content and would welcome your thoughts and feedback.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the organisation and advertising of our public talks we would love to hear from you also. Please contact our secretary  Frances.

South Island Gathering.  

Friday 10 - Sunday 12 November.
Kinzett Lounge, Murchison Sports Centre, Murchison

Gatherings are held for the North and South Island every year. They are attended by Forest & Bird members, branch committee representatives, board members, and staff. They are a good way to meet and talk with people from all levels of the organisation. Attendees come away re-charged and re-enthused. Note that non-members may also attend.

For more details and to register, click here.

 Working Bees

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

1:00-3:00pm: Thursday 19th October

1:00-3:00pm: Saturday 28th October

  • Mahoe-nui Spring Plant Care day

    9:15-11.30am: Saturday 11th November
    Evans Pass Road at first hairpin bend, opposite Rapanui Bush layby. 


    Photo: Greg Stanley

    Bird of the Year

    5pmMonday 23rd October.

    This year, the North Canterbury Branch is supporting the Kea for Bird of the Year (see video here ).

    To vote, go to the Bird of the Year page. This year's competition closes at 5pm. on Monday 23rd October.  

    Stocker Scholarships
    Every year the North Canterbury branch offers scholarships worth up to $3000 for postgraduate students carrying out conservation or environment related research in Canterbury. The total amount available may be increased this year.

    For application information and guidelines please contact Ainslie Talbot at:  or Penny Wright at:

    Applications close at the end of October 2017.

    2018 Conservation Calendars & Diaries  

    Support North Canterbury Branch of Forest and Bird by purchasing some of these stunning conservation calendars and diaries produced by Craig Potton Publishing, in association with the Royal Forest & Bird Society.

    Get your order in early as they always sell out!

    All proceeds from the calendar and diary sales go directly towards funding our local conservation projects and advocacy work. Feel free to encourage your neighbours, friends and family to purchase a calendar or diary as well. 

    2018 Conservation Calendar - Only $16 each (recommended retail price $17.99)

    2018 Conservation Diary - Only $23 each (recommended retail price $24.99)

    To place your order simply fill in the online order form and click Submit, and follow the instructions for payment. 

    Please visit our website for further information. Please pass this email onto friends and family so they can place their orders.

    Other Events

    Networking for the Environment in Greater Christchurch

    Thursday 26 October
    Mt Pleasant Community Centre

    This ECAN event is hosted by the Avon/Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust. For more details see here.

    BRaid Free Trapping Workshop

    1.30 - 4.00pm, Saturday 28 October
    Woodend Community Hall

    To register (by 23 October) for this free novice based introductory trapping course, go here

    Hinewai 30th Anniversary

    10.00am - 3.00pm, Sunday 5 November

     For details of the day's events check out the ECO calendar here.

    Tuhaitara Coastal Park Open Day

    10.30am - 3.00pm, Sunday 12 November
    Woodend Beach



    Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Bruce Banks Environmental Education Award

    5.00pm, Sunday 12 November
    Applications for Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust, Bruce Banks Environmental Education Award are now open.

    The Award is offered annually to any primary or secondary student or school who/which aims to further native biodiversity in the Waimakariri District. The purpose of the award is to support a new initiative rather than reward a project that has been completed.

    The application form can be downloaded here and applications must be received by 5pm, 12th November 2017.

    Winners will be notified in February 2018 and presentations will be held at the Trust's March 2018 meeting .


    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 - 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
    Ainslie Talbot
    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

    State of the environment 20 years after 'blockbuster' report
    © Vanessa Green

    Diary Dates

    22 October
    Styx River field trip

    28 October
    'Sanctuary' working bee

    5 November
    Hinewai 30th anniversary

    10 November
    South Island gathering

    11 November
    Mahoe-nui spring plant care day

    12 November
    Tuhaitara open day

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