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Tonkin & Taylor support planting day

Our last planting day for 2012 was one of the best attended so far, thanks in large part to the staff of Tonkin & Taylor who swelled the numbers and put on afternoon tea. The planting was also well attended by staff from the Waikato Regional Council and streamcare group members. Thanks to all those involved - see photos of planting and afternoon tea.

Waikato Show display

The streamcare group ran a display at the 2012 Waikato Show at Claudelands Event Centre. We were part of  the environmental section which included a fish tank showing some of the fish species found in Hamilton streams. Thanks to Joel for helping to staff the stand - see photo.

Helping Hands help out

Around 60 Mormon Helping Hands and stream care group members chipped in for two hours on Saturday March 27 to clear weeds from streamside plantings and prepare a new area for planting in 2010. Thanks to all those who helped out...clearing vegetation...and weeding.

Mangakotukutuku Stream on Tui 2000 tour

The Peacockes Branch of Mangakotukutuku Stream was used as the example of what a healthy urban stream can look like. This was the last stop on a bus tour of  Hamlton to raise awareness of urban streams. See photo.

Conservation Week activity on the stream

The Peacockes Branch of Mangakotukutuku Stream was the focus of attention on September 19 when we shared its ecological values with around 40 interested Hamiltonians. Scientists from Environment Waikato, NIWA, Department of Conservation and The University of Waikato provided information on fish, invertebrates and water quality. Thanks to Moira Cursey for organising this event. See photos of searching for bugs and releasing eels.

Kiwi Conservation Club helps plant trees

Many hands make light work and the Kiwi Conservation Club recently proved this by helping to plant trees next to the Mangaotukutuku Stream. The KCC kids also learned about stream life and got to stroke a big longfin eel - the same one we caught 2 years ago. As well we found koura, inanga, common bully and a large female torrentfish!

Waikato Museum River Day

The Kiwi Conservation Club recently helped plant trees along the stream and spent some time looking for fish. Despite high stream flows we found a large threatened longfin eel, inanga, common bully, and large pregnant torrentfish and an threatend koura, all within about 50 m of stream!

Waikato Museum River Day

We ran a successful publicity stall at the Waikato Museum River Day in early March. We were one of only two environment groups to exhibit here. The stall included posters on the values of gully streams and freshwater life, and a competition with a free 3-month  garden bin collection as a prize.Unfortunately we had to cancel our publicity stall at the Good Life Expo due to the weather. 

Enviroschools experience for Glenview Primary

Members of our group were involved in helping show over 100 pupils from Glenview Primary School how healthy the stream below Waterford Rd is. The students learned about how to identify invertebrates, and how to measure and interpret water temperature and clarity. Every student was given one of the stream care group's fridge magnets.

Results of our 2007 Bird survey

We joined the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey which was run over 14-22 July nationally in parks and garden by Landcare Research. We monitored 4 sites in Sandford Park and  recorded 16 species, 5 of which were native and made up 27% of the birds seen (click here to see the list of species). The data have been sent to Landcare Research and we plan to repeat the survey annually over the coming years to see if our planting efforts increase native bird biodiversity.

Waterford Gully planting underway

Part of the gully below Waterford Road in Sandford Park has been cleared and planting is underway. We have had help from group members, the South City Lions, The Church of the Latterday Saints, Kiwi Conservation Club, The University School of Education, Project K and St Pius X school (see photo) which also had some sessions with Enviroschools co-ordinator Dean King to learn about the Mangakotukutuku Stream (read the Waikato Times article). See part of the the gully before we got stuck in, after site clearance and then after planting.

University Environment Day

A publicity stall was held at the Waikato University Environment Day in May as part of an awareness campaign for environmental groups.

Good Life Expo

The streamcare group ran a publicity stall at the Good Life Expo as part of the Right Bank Festival in late February. The stall included posters on the values of gully streams and freshwater life, and a competition with a free 3-month  garden bin collection as a prize.

Sandford Park Clean Up

On a Saturday afternoon in late November, 22 keen volunteers carried out a rubbish clean up in Sandford Park. In two hours we collected 32 large bags of rubbish, 30 tyres, 5 sheets of iron, 6 chairs, and bits of 3 beds and 6 bikes. The Council came through a few days later and took the rubbish away. Sandford Park is now a much more pleasant place to walk through. We also cleared weeds around some native plantings. Thanks to the Keep Hamilton Beautiful group for their support with this clean up.

Glenview School Gala competition

On 18 November, Ian and Elaine from the Mangakotukutuku Stream Care Group ran a competition at the Glenview Primary School Gala. The competition involved putting the right names to different species of plants and animlas found in the gully and stream. Thanks to Grant from Red Lid Wheelie Bins for providing a prize for the competition.

Good life expo display

Cleaning up rubbish in Sandford Park

Gully walk

In early August, several group members braved the rain to check out Mangakotukutuku Stream in flood as it flowed through Sandford Park. It was interesting to see the different coloured water coming out of the three main tributary streams, reflecting the sources and extent of erosion upstream. Some very small tributary streams were still running clear.

Peacockes branch entering the mainstem in Sanford ParkCulvert under Waterford Road