Native morepork gets luxurious spa treatment at Palmerston North rehabilitation centre

Manawatū Guardian, April 2 2021

Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery helped this morepork get back to health and back into the wild. After a chlorhexidine bath to deal with a skin infection, followed by a blow-dry, he's looking good...



River Improvement Festival celebrates start of rejuvenation of Foxton's River Loop

Horowhenua Chronicle, March 1 2021

Foxton Save Our River Trust, and umbrella group Manawatū River Source to Sea, are just two of many organizations that have been involved in a combined community effort to restore the Foxton River Loop, which was celebrated with a dawn ceremony and festival recently.

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Vandals damage pest traps at Feilding's popular Kitchener Park

Manawatū Standard, January 7, 2021

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.



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.



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.


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.


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


Rangatahi plough towards fulltime work in transitional programme

Stuff, March 22 2021

Helen Lehndorf​, coordinator of Manawatū Food Action Network, has been teaching a group of young people how to grow vegetables and tend gardens at Rangitāne Tānenui-ā-Rangi marae and other spots across the city. “Young people really respond to being in the garden,” she said. “I've found them to be really positive and [they] have worked really hard."


Supplying the food bank with produce from their garden are, from left; Reggae Silberry, Eli Coombes, Sarrason Mitford (behind), Lili Grant (front), Arlon Smith, and Xena Lauesi.


Growing Palmerston North's green corridors labour of love

Manawatū Guardian, January 18 2021

Green Corridors organiser Rosemary Gear is seeking more volunteers to enhance Turitea Valley and Summerhill's native vegetation.



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).



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.



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.




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...