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The Department of Conservation says a major landslip has caused a new lake in the Haast Pass area of Mount Aspiring National Park.

You would say that this would make a very interesting study, to see and record what happens here ecologically , it would be nice to know if anyone intends to do this , if anyone has any knowledge of such a plan please send a email and let us know .

update 1 : a media release from DOC

update 2 : “concern that lake could swamp township” tv3 story and video 3 october

update  3 :  Water has begun flowing over the dam near Makarora  tv3 story and video 7 october

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Whakatikei Restoration project

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Five finger of various variety , plus many of the broad leaf plants and smaller trees, have very much made a strong comeback, with not only seedlings quite thick on the bush floor in many places, but with many of the third season plants more than two meters tall and bearing flowers, fruit and seed.

this is quite in contrast to both how it was and still is on the other side of the river, this does show quite well that the river, acting as a barrier is working very well with almost no sign of any possum browse anywhere within the forest area currently being looked after .

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Greater Wellington – A fish ladder for Hull’s Creek

Giant Kokopu (Galaxias argenteus) Photograph by R.M. McDowall

Inanga - Galaxias masculatus

inanga (Galaxias maculatus)

The Silverstream care group is a busy one. For over five years now it’s been working hard to restore the stream, create a native bird corridor, reduce erosion and create a walkway linking Silverstream to the Hutt River trail.

Since 2003 a total of 6,532 trees have been planted, willows removed, weeds controlled, and plans drawn up to construct a fish ladder, also called a fish pass. All this work is not for the faint-hearted – to begin with you need volunteers, funding and lots of planning.

Greater Wellington’s Team Leader Policy Development Murray McLea says one of the important things we know is the survival of many of our native fish depends on their migration between the sea and freshwater. “Creating a fish ladder over a weir will help native fish like the inanga (whitebait) and the giant kokopu jump the barrier. Weather permitting we hope to complete the fish ladder by late September.”

Barry Wards, convenor of the Silverstream care group says the Hull’s Creek Open Day on Saturday 11 August is celebrating the work, vision and enthusiasm of the group and the wider community. “Without funding from the Ministry for the Environment and Take Care funding from Greater Wellington the group would not have been able to restore Hulls Creek to what it is today.”

“We would like to welcome existing members and members of the public to the Open Day. The day will start with morning tea at 9.30 am, and include a talk by Dr Mike Joy, guided tours and unveiling of a sign. The day’s activities will finish at approximately 12.30 pm.”

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#115: Sanctuary Visitor & Education Centre gets the green light

Sanctuary Visitor and Education Centre gets green light

“The Karori Sanctuary is perfectly positioned to showcase New Zealand conservation and to bring our conservation story to life, especially for those thousands of New Zealanders who never normally have the opportunity to experience conservation in action. It is estimated the Visitor and Education Centre will attract 190,000 visitors a year, thus securing the Sanctuary’s future financially and enabling us to build on our position as a pioneer and leader in ecological restoration.”

“This is a wonderful tribute to the foresight and courage of our founders, not to mention the many thousands of volunteers, members, supporters and financial sponsors who have supported us and worked so hard to get us to where we are today,” said Karori Sanctuary Chief Executive Nancy McIntosh-Ward.

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The other day a guy came in a ute , ( robert ) he had a bit of a map in his hand , with bright red lines on it and these lines go around pretty much the intended southern side of the larger restoration project , so sent by the animal health board, the six of them have the task to take some possums from the area and do a survey , this makes it thee time to follow up with this and block these areas off, making the one intensive wall on this southern side of the project, so thats going to open up the time to just make these areas as impenetrable as possible ,

When this is done one half of the larger project will be well underway , we start making sure also ther are no stoats or ferrets in the area or surrounds , your work doing that will probably be a bit further out along that southern wall , the rivers once again helping on the other two sides ,
so this is happening now , and the effect and benift of there visit will probaly last a week or three in the area , so yes it was a nice visit, and is a good opportunity .

Richard

red line

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a quick video showing the possum damage to the tawa and beech trees

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This video was originally shared on blip.tv by richie b with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

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Kahu ….. before i had the pleasure of having, him/her ? fly from my hands i managed to get some video of this new zealand hawk , awesome to see them flying around here .

whakatikei river valley restoration project

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