Possum Control - Paul's bait line after 2015 floods

These photos show the obstacles faced by Paul, our volunteer possum-line baiter, as he traversed his line up Cannons Creek some months after Tawa/Porirua's major flood event in May, 2015.

The Cannons Creek Lakes Reserve was severely inundated with silt after this event, and these photos show the extent of the upstream slips that contributed to this buildup.

All the paths around the lakes were covered in deep silt and many of the kahikatea plantings done by Friends of Maara Roa around the flax swamp were buried.

Paul, a volunteer possum-line baiter, faces his first debris blockage 50m upstream from the Takapu Track bridge. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

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First major slip into Cannons Creek. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

Photo 2

Rocks and debris cover the track. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

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Rocks and debris cover the track. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

Photo 4

Large boulders like this were easily moved by the water flow. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

Photo 5

Unaffected! A nice stand of kiekie high up the bank. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

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Unaffected! Lots of ferns high up the bank. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

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Track steps up the bank have been washed out. As Paul needs to continue upstream, he will need to scramble over these 'old' rocks. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

Photo 8

Preliminary site works underway for the 230m long Cannons Creek Bridge, Transmission Gully Motorway, Takapu Road, Tawa, which will cross the top of the Maara Roa covenant. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

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View 1 of a major washout at the Cannons Creek bridge site, Takapu Road end of the covenant. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

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View 2 of a major washout at the Cannons Creek bridge site, Takapu Road end of the covenant. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

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A lot of regenerating nikau growing in a little side stream of Cannons Creek which will be under the new bridge. The rocks lying in front of Paul previously formed a little waterfall behind him. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

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The end of the line, and the third major slip at the Takapu Road end. This is now part of the Transmission Gully site. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

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The end of the bait-line, and the third major slip at the Takapu Road end. This is now part of the Transmission Gully site. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

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Transmission Gully flag line before earthworks began above the Maara Roa covenant. Copyright Sue Guiniven.

Photo 15

Paul, a volunteer possum-line baiter, faces his first debris blockage 50m upstream from the Takapu Track bridge. (photo 1)

First major slip into Cannons Creek. (photo 2)

Rocks and debris cover the track. (photos 3 and 4)

Large boulders like this were easily moved by the water flow. (photo 5)

Unaffected!  A nice stand of kiekie and lots of ferns high up the bank. (photos 6 and 7)

Track steps up the bank have been washed out.  As Paul needs to continue upstream, he will need to scramble over these 'old' rocks. (photo 8)

Preliminary site works underway for the 230m long Cannons Creek Bridge, Transmission Gully Motorway, Takapu Road, Tawa, which will cross the top of the Maara Roa covenant. (photo 9)

Two views of a major washout at the Cannons Creek bridge site, Takapu Road end of the covenant. (photos 10 and 11)

A lot of regenerating nikau growing in a little side stream of Cannons Creek which will be under the new bridge.  The rocks lying in front of Paul previously formed a little waterfall behind him. (photo 12)

The end of the bait-line, and the third major slip at the Takapu Road end.  This is now part of the Transmission Gully site. (photos 13 and 14)

Transmission Gully flag line before earthworks began above the Maara Roa covenant. (photo 15)




Job 4 U?   Possum Control Team wants more members

We need more people to look after our bait station lines.

Are you interested?

An existing volunteer will take any new people around to show them what it's like and help them get started.

If you're interested, please email info@MaaraRoa.org.nz