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Sandford Park features on Our Changing World, Radio NZ

Hear Dr Bruno David talk about restoration of Mangaktukutuku Stream and visit the Our Changing World web page to learn more.

Illegal dumping angers

Read article on illegally dumped rubbish in Sandford Park (click here)

Submission on proposed HCC 2015-2025 LTP

Read our submission on the Hamilton City Council 2015-25 Long Term Plan (click here)

Pengxin New Zealand Farm Group Limit environmental agreement 

An  agreement (click here) has been signed between MSCG, the Waikato Regional Council and Pengxin New Zealand Farm Group Limited to plant riparian margins along the upper western branch and drains of the Mangakotukutuku Stream and tributaries. The work involves weed control, fencing and planting of over the next 3 years at an estimated cost of more than $37,000.

Mudfish release 

Mudfish have been released into the Sandford Park wetland after a long absence from Hamilton City (see photo).With the necessary permits from DOC, 33 juvenile fish were collected from Lake Korumatua and released into the wetland which was especially designed to provide mudfish habitat.  The population will be monitoring anually by the group to find out whether the fish are growing and reproducing. See Waikato Times article and WRA newsletter article.

Fish habitat restoration in Sandford Park

Read a news article about kokopu condos and tuna townhouses (click here)

Submission on HCC annual plan

Read our submission on the Hamilton City Council 2014-15 annual plan (click here)

Golden Farms riparian plan approved

An  agreement (click here) has been signed between MSCG, the Waikato Regional Council and 3 properties (collectively referred to as Golden Farms) to plant upwards of 4km’s of riparian margin on the upper western branch of the Mangakotukutuku Stream and tributaries. The work involves willow removal, weed control, re-fencing and planting of over 15,000 plants in the next 4-5 years at an estimated cost of more than $136,000.

Successful collaboration with developer

The Mangakotukutuku Stream Care Group has collaborated with a developer to plant along a section of stream being subdivided on Saxbys Rd on the outskirts of Hamilton. The developer cleared willows and provided funds to buy the trees, and the streamcare group did the planting.

Streamcare group makes a ripple

The Mangakotukutuku Stream Care Group features on the recently released community group web site Make a Ripple. Read the news article here.

Kokopu condos, tuna townhouses and mudfish motel

The Waikato River Authority funded project to enhance fish habitat in Sandford Park has recently been completed. This work involved creating pipe habitat within the bank for eels (tuna townhouses), some underground off-channel habitat for native fish (kokopu condo) and a wetland with a hydrology suitable for the threatened mufish which we hope to introduce once the vegetation is well-established (mudfish motel). Read the City News article here and the Hamilton Press article here.

Recent group meeting

A recent group meeting was well attended, including by Waikato Regional Council pest control and community group staff, and Hamilton City Council environmental staff. Read the minutes...

Stan Heather Park sold

Stan Heather Park in the upper part of the Mangakoutukutuku catchment has been sold to a developer. Hopefully this will result in stream friendly stormwater disposal and enhancement of riparian areas alongside the stream. Read the press release...

Submission on the Three Waters Strategy

The Draft Sub-Regional Three Waters Strategy has been released for comment as part of the Future Proof growth strategy that encompasses three local councils - Waikato district, Hamilton city and Waipa district. The Three Waters Strategy sets out how water, wastewaters and stormwater will be managed over the next 50 years. The Mangakotukutuku Stream Care Group has submitted on the stormwater compenent of the strategy - read our submission. 

A couple of successes - Funding and Green Ribbon finalist!

Our funding proposal with Tonkin & Taylor to the Waikato River Clean-Up Trust has been successful (http://www.waikatoriver.org.nz/projects-and-funding/projects/). To top this off our group has made the finals of the Green Ribbon Awards under the category Caring for Our Water. See our congratulatory letter from the Chair of Waikato Regional Council.

Waikato River Clean-Up Trust funding sought

Tonkin & Taylor has submitted a funding application to the Waikato River Clean-Up Trust in association with the stream care group to implement the fish habitat restoration plan and the wetland construction plan in Sandford Park. In addition, funding is being sought to develop a restoration plan for the stream downstream of Peacockes Rd to where it enters the river and alongside the Rangimarie Te Horanganui marae on Collins Rd. 

Redfin bullies found upstream of culvert

Two redfin bullies were recently collected for the first time in the Peacockes Branch above the recently installed fish pass. This bully species migrates upstream from the estuary - it looks like the new fish pass is working!

Wetland construction plan

A wetland construction plan has been developed for the group by Tonkin & Taylor for a site at the end of Sandford Park near Peacockes Rd. Read more and see the plans on our Restoration page.

New fish pass at Peacockes Rd

Work on the stream culvert under Peacockes Road has helped improve passage for migrating native fish. The work was carried out by a contractor, and involved constructing a concrete ramp to remove the high velocity drops at the culvert pipe and the downstream apron, and cementing of stones in place to create resting areas for fish. Thanks to the Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust and the Hamilton City Council for funding, and Brenda for organising the project.
See the culvert before, during and after construction of the ramp.

Bellbirds nesting in Mangakotukutuku gully

A fledging bellbird has been sighted in Hamilton for the first time in 150 years - and it happened at a Melville property backing on  to the Mangakotukutuku Stream gully. The bird's parents may have been from the release of 50 bellbirds in Hamilton Gardens, just across the river, last May.

Koi carp seen in Sandford Park 

A group member recently spotted a koi carp in the stream in Sandford Park. The recent high water levels in the Waikato River probably backed up to the Peacockes Road culvert and enabled it to get through. Please report any other sightings of this pest.

Sewage pipe realignment in Te Anau Park

HCC has announced plans to realign the sewage pipe currently running alongside the stream in Sandford Park (see map). This should prevent the sewage spills recently reported.

Kereru seen in Mangakotukutuku gully

One of our members recently reported a kereru visting their part of the gully (see photo). Let us know of any other sightings.

Keeping Our River Mighty' campaign showcases stream care group

A Hamilton museum campaign called 'Keeping Our River Mighty' is highlighting the contribution of community groups  maintaining the health of the Waikato River. The Mangakotukutuku Stream flows into the river opposite the Botanic Gardens, and the stream care group's work is featured as part of the exhibition at the museum. The campaign opened in mid-October. See poster...

Group presents at Peacockes hearing

Joel and Kevin recently presented on the Peacockes Structure Plan at a City Council hearing to follow up on the Group's written submission. Read our submission on the HCC Report ...

Group features in urban stream survey

A recent survey has highlighted the Mangakotukutuku Stream Care Group as being recognised by over 10% of Hamilton City residents living next to gully streams. Read the full report...

Thesis on restoring Giant kokopu

Group member and University of Waikato student Brenda Aldridge recently completed her M.Sc. thesis entitled "Restoring giant kokopu (Galaxias argenteus) populations in Hamilton urban streams". Two of Brenda's 10 sites were on the Mangakotukutuku Stream, and she introduced farm-reared juvenile kokopu to one of these sites. She monitored these fish regularly and found that some of the introduced fish stayed around for at least 11 months at this site, the longest of any of the streams she looked at around Hamilton.

Tainui River claim presentation

The group was represented at the recent Tainui river claim presentation at Hopuhopu on 24 January 2008. As the Mangakotukutuku is a tributary of the Waikato River comes under this claim (click here to learn more about the claim). Thanks to Tainui for their hospitality.

Stream part of restoration study

The Mangakotukutuku Stream has been included in a NIWA study of methods to restore stream insect life at sites that are too far away from healthy streams to be naturally recolonised. Habitat for caddisflies to form pupae on was introduced into the healthy Peacockes branch and then transferred to other sites in the catchment to see if the pupae develop into adult insects.

Diverse adult insect fauna

A recent report completed by NIWA has further highlighted the biodiversity value of Mangakotukutuku Stream. The study found that sites sampled in this catchment had higher average diversity of adult mayflies and caddisflies than the other main stream catchments in Hamilton City. Read the report...

"Albino" eel seen

We recently had a report of an "albino" eel in the Peacockes branch of Mangakotukutuku Stream. Eels with this light coloration, often more yellow than white, are seen from time to time. Tradition has it that these eels lead other adult eels to sea for spawning. 

Submission on the  Peacockes Structure Plan

The group has made a submission to the city council on the Peacockes Structure Plan. The land surrounding the Peacockes branch of Mangakotukutuku Stream is designated for future development which could well compromise the high ecological values of this stream unless it is managed appropriately.  Read our submission...

Restoration opportunity analysis

Wayne Teal, a GIS student from the Geography Department at the University of Waikato, has done an analysis to help identify potential sites for restoration in the Mangakotukutuku catchment. See a copy of Wayne's poster

Tainui River claim presentation

The group was represented at the recent Tainui river claim presentation at Hopuhopu. As the Mangakotukutuku is a tributary of the Waikato River comes under this claim (click here to learn more about the claim). Thanks to Tainui for their hospitality and we look forward to hearing about further developments.

Submission on HCC annual plan

The group has made a submission on the City Council's annual plan in an effort to increase awareness of the City's streams, promote improved management. Read our submission...

More giant kokopu!

During a recent visit to Ian and Elaine's gully in the Peacockes area, some group members were lucky enough to spot-light some giant kokopu - they were living in a small clearwater seepage stream away from the main part of the stream where some big long-finned eels were  seen. Another small tributary in Sandford Park has become one of the first sites ever to have giant kokopu introduced. This was done by Brenda Aldridge as part of her MSc thesis to look at ways of enhancing habitat for giant kokopu in Hamilton urban streams.

Giant New Zealand dragonfly found

The giant New Zeland dragonfly Uropetala carovei has been found in the Mangakotukutuku catchment. Click here to see a photo. Find out more...

Restoring fish habitat

Member of this streamcare group and University of Waikato Masters student Brenda Aldridge has been working to find out ways of restoring habitat for native fish within Hamilton City gully streams, including the Mangakotukutuku. Ponga logs and clay pipes will be added to streams to determine habitat preferences by native fish species (see photo). Juveniles of the threatened giant kokopu will be stocked into the stream to find out how they use this new habitat.

Front page news

The Hamilton Press recently ran a front page article on the stream care group. Click here to see this article.

Kowhai Community Group Award

The Mangakotukutuku Stream Care Group has been awarded the 2006 Kowhai Community Group Award for its contribution to community conservation. The award was made by the City Council at the Hamilton Yacht Club on 4 December.

Draft Waste Management Plan

Submissions have been called for on the liquid waste component of the City Council's draft Waste Management Plan (click here). This includes stormwater which ends up in streams, including the Mangakotukutuku, and has the potential to be a significant issue in the Peacockes development. The group is making a submission on this plan (read our submission).

Peacockes Structure Plan released

The City Council has released the Peacockes Structure Plan. This can be viewed on-line by clicking here.

Submission on the Draft Peacockes Structure Plan

The land surrounding the Peacockes branch is  designated for future development in the Draft Structure Plan. This development could well compromise the high ecological values of this branch unless it is managed appropriately. The group has made a submission to the city council on this proposal - thanks to Thomas Wilding for putting this together (read the Peacockes_submission)

Envirofund application

The Mangakotukutuku Stream Care Group has successfully applied to Hamilton City Council for support through the Envirofund to generate community support, develop educational material, and initiate stream enhancement work. The plan over the first year includes:
  • developing email and postal databases
  • developing and publishing a membership and information brochure
  • holding one public meeting to discuss goals and activities
  • conducting at least one community project
  • approaching schools to make the stream and gully system a focal point of environmental education programmes.