Our District

Excursions

During No8 Wire Week a number of excursions took place to encourage people to get out and about to appreciate and help regenerate our local environment. 

BECOME A HABITAT HERO


Sunday 17 July, 9:30am-12:30pm, Whareroa Farm. 

Led by Jan Nisbet and Kāpiti Coast Biodiversity Project, families were invited to Whareroa Farm to meet weta, check some traps, plant some trees and enjoy a sausage sizzle. Jan’s enthusiasm was infectious! The kids loved it and there was interesting stuff for the adults too. 

  

NGĀ URUORA NATURE TOUR


Wednesday 20 July, 1-3pm, Te Araroa trail. 

Ngā Uruora members lead these fierce warriors into the Kohekohe forest.

Ngā Uruora members lead a guided walk on the Kohekohe loop track on Te Araroa trail. Those on the walk played their part in the tracks maintenance and development by each walking a waratah in to the start of the track. It was a stunning day and a truly beautiful track with spectacular views. Along the way we discussed their planting, saw some weta hotels, rat traps and the irrigation system. A great walk for all ages.

 

PARIKAWAU RESTORATION GROUP TREE PLANTING


Thursday 21 July, 1:15-3pm, Edgewater Park, Waikanae. 

It was a lovely sunny day at Edgewater Park, Waikanae. The Parikawau Restoration group volunteers, council staff and general public planted over 130 trees. A significant contribution towards the 1000 trees which are planned to be planting this winter. The kids had a ball discovering worms, pet rocks and playing by the river, plus they planted heaps of trees too.  

 

RE-WILD YOUR GROWN-UP


Friday 22 July, 1-3:30pm, Mackays Crossing, Queen Elizabeth Park. 

 

On a cold rainy day a brave crew of kids rugged up their grown-ups and bought them along to Queen Elizabeth park to teach them how to be wild again. Under the guidance of Liana Stupples kids showed their grown-ups how to play in the outdoors and enjoy nature. Both kids and adults enjoyed reconnecting with their senses, moving quietly along bush paths and creating nests to have some time alone in nature. Liana was an enchanting leader of both kids and grown-ups. It was an invigorating afternoon, with everyone leaving with smiles and wild sparkles in their eyes. 

 

WAITOHU DUNE PLANTING


 Saturday 23 July, 10am-12:30pm, meet at the North end of Moana Street, Ōtaki Beach. 

A group of multiple generations turned up and planted out in the dunes – the work was done quickly and then we retired to the plant nursery nearby for a cup of tea – very civilised!