Waitakere Branch Walks and Talks

Saturday 12th August 10am

Harbourview Native Planting Day

 See you in the Harbourview Road carpark, Harbourview, Te Atatu Peninsula, for a fun morning planting nearby. Plants, tools and BBQ afterwards provided, but please bring gardening gloves and gumboots/sturdy shoes. Children welcome, but must be supervised at all times by parents/guardians. Please email back if you wish to attend so we can plan tools and catering. If you are bringing more than 3 others, please reply with numbers. If you need directions on the day, please call Michael on 021 622 122 or Kent 021 1714600. Email: manawa@gmail.com

Thursday 17th August 7.30 pm

Election Special with candidates debating conservation and environmental issues.

An opportunity to hear various candidates speak on a range of environmental and conservation issues that are important to people in West Auckland. Venue: Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa/Great North Rd.  Non members welcome, join us for supper afterwards. Koha appreciated to cover hall hire. For further information ph Liz 0274 762732 lizanstey@hotmail.com

 3rd Thursday Talk: Thursday 21st September 7:30pm

Ben Goodwin - Keeper on the Ectotherms section at Auckland Zoo.

The Wetapunga, NZ's Largest Insect
 The Wetapunga Deinacrida heteracantha once inhabited forests from Auckland northwards and the islands of the Hauraki gulf but it’s range was hugely reduced following the introduction of rats. For one hundred years, the species was restricted to a single island - Te Hauturu o Toi, Little Barrier island, but with the help of captive breeding, it’s range is expanding once more. This talk will cover the species natural (and un-natural) history, its discovery, its decline, the complexities of its captive breeding, its restoration and what can be expected from it in the future. Venue: Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa/Great North Rd.  Non members welcome, join us for supper afterwards. Koha appreciated to cover hall hire. For further information ph Liz 0274 762732 lizanstey@hotmail.com

Waitakere Forest & Bird Website:         www.forestandbird.org.nz/branches/waitakere