Vandals damage pest traps at Feilding's popular Kitchener Park

Manawatū Standard, January 7, 2020

Several traps used to protect native vegetation have been damaged beyond repair at Awahuri Forest Kitchener Park in recent weeks.

The park is one of the last remaining areas of original semi-swamp podocarp forest in Manawatū, and is home to matai, totara, kowhai and an 800-year-old kahikatea. It is cared for by the Awahuri Forest Kitchener Park Trust.

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Palmerston North's Apollo Park recognised as butterfly sanctuary

Manawatū Guardian, December 18 2020

Congratulations to Monarchs In Apollo Park, who were recognized by the Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust recently, for their work in enhancing butterfly habitat.

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Palmy's Plastic Pollution Challenge: 1.5 tonnes removed from waterways

Manawatū Guardian, November 23 2020

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of the Arohatia Te Kawau programme so far. This spring, over 500 people have been involved in cleaning up Te Kawau Stream and helping to restore its mauri.

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Te Manawa to host permaculture workshops for children

Manawatū Guardian, November 2 2020

The garden is filled with amazing bugs that do incredible things, and they're just one level of the ecosystem that permaculture seeks to coexist with. Helen King from RECAP will run this workshop on November 15.

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Photo: Te Manawa educator Kirsty Porter with a 'bug hotel' in Te Manawa garden.

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Eco-friendly 'living cemeteries' on the cards for Manawatū

Manawatū Standard, October 21 2020

The Manawatū District Council is planning to trial offering non-traditional natural burial options. This was prompted by a proposal from the Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre Trust to create a “living cemetery” next to the community’s traditional cemetery. A growing number of people are considering natural burial over traditional burial methods, which can have a detrimental effect on the environment.

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Robert Kitchin / Stuff: Manawatū District Council is planning to trial natural burials in Feilding, potentially starting in late 2021.

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Volunteers muck in to free Palmerston North streams from litter

Manawatū Standard, September 21 2020

Small armies of Palmerston North residents have been trudging through city parks and streams cleaning up litter - a total of 320kg has been picked up recently. Palmy’s Plastic Pollution Challenge co-ordinator Heather Knox said that many people did not see drains and streams as an important part of the environment; that litter is washed through the stormwater system and goes on to affect the Manawatū River.

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Urban fruit trees being harvested in the Manawatū

Manawatū Guardian, August 21 2020

Community Fruit Harvest Manawatū pick excess produce from urban fruit trees, including people's backyards, and distribute it to local foodbanks, Just Zilch, Eat Up NZ, schools and sharing shelves. If you have fruit to donate, please contact Debra on 027 330 3312.  The group are also on the lookout for a couple of sturdy ladders. Get in touch with Debra if you can help.fruit.jpg

Photo: "Don't let your fruit go to waste," says Community Fruit Harvest co-ordinator Debra Wynn. "We will come and pick it for you and distribute it to the community."

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Planting in Rangitīkei on site of biodiversity significance

Manawatū Guardian, August 3 2020

Horizons Regional Council, Rangitikei District Council, Department of Conservation, Forest & Bird, the farmer / landowner, iwi and other interested locals had a community planting day to plant 4000 natives, to fill a significant gap in the bush in the Betty Tripe Reserve north of Marton.tripe.jpg

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SuperGrans Manawatū volunteers repurpose woollen blankets for babies

Manawatū Guardian, December 21 2020

SuperGrans Manawatū is celebrating its volunteers having repurposed and edged 300 blankets for pēpē (babies) sleeping in wahakura (harakeke bassinets).

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Rare find of a golden eel in Foxton viewed as taonga by iwi

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A rare golden-coloured eel was found happily swimming with the rest of the herd during restoration work at the Foxton River Loop. The Loop lost most of its water flow as a result of earthworks in decades past, but is now recognized as an important part of the ecology of the Manawatū River and Estuary.

Iwi partners Ngati Raukawa, Horowhenua District Council and Wildlife Foxton Trust caught more than 1600 eel, as well as inanga (whitebait), crabs and yellow-eyed mullet from the area prior to silt being removed, then returned them afterwards.

 

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fairies.jpgFairies migrating to Foxton Beach thanks to local artist

Manawatū Guardian, November 11 2020

Fairy doors will be decorated and painted by children aged 7-13. Behind each tiny door, painted rocks can be left for the fairies and rock hunters. Clues about the rock locations are shared on social media, including the popular Palmy Rocks. The Foxton Menzshed have an agreement with the fairies to build and maintain their new doors.

 

 

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RECAP Permaculture Garden Festival Tour in Ashhurst and Pohangina

Manawatū Guardian, October 25 2020

Discover, learn and enjoy local gardening enthusiasm and experience through a self guided tour of permaculture-based properties and businesses in Ashhurst and Pohangina on October 31. There will be over a dozen properties and projects to view, the opportunity to attend short workshops, and the hospitality and ingenuity of ethical locally-focused businesses to experience.

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Manawatū man to walk length of North Island for charity fundraiser

Manawatū Standard, October 13 2020

Theo Geerlings has been a volunteer for Just Zilch Free Store for the past two years and on Monday he started a length-of-the-North-Island walk to raise money for the Palmerston North charity. You can donate to the Givealittle page: Theo walks for food rescue.

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Reserve defenders resist housing plans for prominent site

Manawatū Standard, August 21 2020

ENM and the Railway Land Action Group are questioning whether the Huia St. Reserve should have its reserve status removed, and be used for housing. Most submitters to the Palmerston North City Council's consultation say no...

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Clearing Te Kawau stream of plastic and rubbish

Manawatū Guardian, August 17 2020

Te Kawau flows across the city from Colquhoun Park on JFK Drive, to meet the Manawatū River in Awapuni. It's often thought of as a drain rather than a stream, and few people know its name. Join Palmy's Plastic Pollution Challenge and work towards restoring our urban waterways.

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