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Current Activities

Activities during the year Greater Wellington Summer Events Programme of Walks Tree Planting Tree Care Tree Care Pest Control Potting-on Nursery Work Making pots, collars in nursery

Overview of Activities during the year


 


2017 Winter - Tree Planting

The Cannons Creek Entrance

Entrance to Cannons Creek Lakes Reserve

Entrance Sign

Preparing for a Successful Planting Season

Tree care work has taken up most of the time for Friends of Maara Roa volunteers in the first six months of 2017.

After an ideal growing season, there has been lots to do in clearing gorse and weeds.

New plantings have grown massively in the plentiful rain, so most of the protective plastic sleeves have had to be removed.

Pest control continues, despite extra difficulties due to construction at Transmission Gully.

Some 800 young trees that need planting this winter have been delivered by Ranger Jeremy to the "Beams" area, and many of those already moved to their designated planting sites.

With most of the large areas now planted up, the bulk of this year's trees will be used for infill or in smaller areas.

So, Please come and join our dedicated team of hard-working planters.

And in a few years' time, maybe you'll see tree growth results like these [Click on thumbnails for larger image]:

Tree growth near N and J track - 1

Near N and J track - 1

Tree growth near N and J track - 2

Near N and J track - 2

Tree growth forms tunnel near N and J track

Tree growth forms tunnel near N and J track

Dense growth near N and J track

Dense growth near N and J track


 

The mainstays of the infill programme are: Fivefinger; Hebe stricta; Kanuka; Manuka; Northern Rata; Rewarewa; Totara.

Fivefinger (Whauwhaupaku) berries - [Source: T.E.R.R.A.I.N. - Taranaki Educational Resource Research Analysis and Information Network. Photo: Phil Bendle.]

Fivefinger Whauwhaupaku

Hebe stricta (Koromiko) flowers - [Source: T.E.R.R.A.I.N. - Taranaki Educational Resource Research Analysis and Information Network. Photo: Phil Bendle.]

Hebe stricta Koromiko

Kanuka flowers - [Source: T.E.R.R.A.I.N. - Taranaki Educational Resource Research Analysis and Information Network. Photo: Phil Bendle.]

Kanuka

Manuka flowers - [Source: T.E.R.R.A.I.N. - Taranaki Educational Resource Research Analysis and Information Network. Photo: Phil Bendle.]

Manuka

Northern Rata flowers - [Source: Metrosideros robusta, Northern Rata, flowers, Mt Maungatautari, Waikato, New Zealand by Phil Brown for Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust  - Wikimedia Commons.]

Northern Rata

Rewarewa flowers - [Source: Maggy Wassilieff. 'Tall broadleaf trees - Forest giants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.]

Rewarewa

Totara berries - [Source: T.E.R.R.A.I.N. - Taranaki Educational Resource Research Analysis and Information Network. Photo: Phil Bendle.]

Totara


 

Links to more details about what we plant are on this webpage.


 

Where:  Volunteers meet at Cannons Creek car park at the Western entrance to Belmont Regional Park (by the Cannons Creek shops), Warspite Avenue, Porirua at 9.30am, work till about 12.30pm with a break for morning tea.

Contact: If you need more information, phone Sef Truyens on 04 - 234 7747 or Des Drummond on 04 - 235 9449.

What to wear and bring: 

  • for tree care, bring your favourite secateurs, pruning saw, or lopper if you have one
  • for planting, if you have a spade, bring it to dig holes; bring a trowel
  • if you don't have any tools, please come anyway, as we have some tools you can use
  • if you have gardening or work gloves, bring those (to protect against gorse prickles!)
  • you'll need a hat and jacket (wind-breaker)
  • when sunny, remember to wear a sunhat and use sunblock; bring lots of water to drink
  • sturdy shoes/boots or gumboots (it can be muddy underfoot)
  • Saturdays - morning tea provided

How frequently:  we work every second Saturday morning, weather permitting

Next dates: 





 



 

Potting-on seedlings in Tree Nursery

Seedlings in root trainers

Seedlings in root trainers

Cardboard collar to reduce weeds and retain soil moisture

Cardboard collar for new tree


[More details about Seed Preparation, Planting and Potting]

Our tree nursery is now established in great facilities at Aotea College, Okowai Road, Porirua.  We are using a horticultural area that includes fencing, storage, a shade house and plenty of room - to take all our seedling trees, equipment, benches, tools, etc.

We have a Plant Growing Unit for nurturing our young plants, sponsored by the Tindall Foundation and provided for by the Trees for Survival Programme

We warmly thank Aotea College and Trees for Survival.

What's involved:  Each week a cheery group of volunteers gathers at our nursery to work potting-on seedlings into pots for planting out when they are large enough.  We also prick out small seedlings into root trainers and care for germinating seeds.  We are caring for a wide range of locally sourced natives for our regeneration project, at all stages of their growth.

We also re-cycle used cardboard cartons, cutting and slotting them to make collars.  One collar for each seedling planted.  The collars prevent weed growth that can smother small trees.  The collars also act as mulch.

Where:  - At our Nursery Workshop-Storage room at Aotea College, Okowai Road, Porirua.

Where's the Nursery?  Drive into Aotea College grounds; first right takes you into a large parking area by the Assembly Hall - our Nursery is down the slope to the right of the building.  Follow the path down the hill towards our fence.

Contact: Interested visitors and helpers are always welcome.  Please phone Libby on (04) 235.9449 or email info@MaaraRoa.org.nz.

How frequently:  every Thursday morning, 10am - 12.30pm

Next dates: 




 


Other Weekday Options

Can't come on Saturdays, but free during the week?

During Winter plantings, and Spring & Summer tree care, we think there may be many folk who could come on a Tuesday or Thursday, weekly or fortnightly, and give a few hours.

Are you retired, a part-time worker or not in employment, a parent with time while children are at kindy or school?

We would like to create a group of people like you to help during the week.

Want to offer to help?  Please phone Libby on (04) 235.9449 or email info@MaaraRoa.org.nz.




Other Activities:

Walks

Sadly, our programme of Walks being guided by Friends of Maara Roa is in recess.

However, we still want you to come and visit the Valley and walk around our 100ha restoration area, see the bush, the streams and wetlands, and enjoy this part of Belmont Regional Park.

How?  See our Walks webpage.

Possum Control

The Possum Control Team doesn't get much "press", so we decided that needed some attention.  Photographer Cheng joined team member Tony, when he patrolled his bait lines one afternoon in May 2012.

The result: The Possum Control Team - One Man's Story.

Seed Preparation, Planting and Potting

Human Birds