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Working Bee - Planting Preparation


Sun 18 Mar 2018, 1:00pm–3:00pm

Where: Tapu Te Ranga Marae, 44 Rhine St, Island Bay, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: nesspatea

Manawa Karioi Working Bee.

2018 got off to a good start with close to 100 people attending our guided walks through Manawa Karioi as part of last months Island Bay Festival.

Our planting season will kick off with a month of Sunday plantings in May, so in the meantime, we will be doing some site preparation work to make sure everything is good to go when planting season arrives.

We start off on Sunday, March 18 with some maintenance work on the track and surrounding area to one of the best lookout points at Manawa Karioi. The lookout has views of Cook Strait to the south, and over the valley to Newtown and parts of central Wellington. Also visible is Mt Kaukau and Ngauranga Gorge. Further afield are views of the Orongrongo, Rimutaka, Akatarawa and Tararua Ranges!

We need to clear weeds away from previous plantings and the track, and intend to install a park seat at the lookout later this year. Whilst having great views, the dry and exposed ridge has proved to be difficult to get the usual plants established on.

But this has worked to our advantage as it has allowed us to establish a range of smaller trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants that tolerate and even thrive in such conditions without getting shaded out by the bigger plants.

Many of these sorts of plants are found along the shore of the south coast and on the exposed ridges of the south coast hills in Te Kopahou Reserve, so it's great to have some of them at Manawa Karioi. In the case of Meuhlenbeckia astonii, there are only 100 of them left in the wild in all of the North Island, where they are found in small isolated populations scattered along the Cook Strait coast. And the populations of Acyphilla squarossa throughout Te Kopahou have been decimated by feral pigs.

We depart at 1pm sharp from the interpretation board shelter at the Tapu Te Ranga marae carpark, signposted at the end of Danube St, Island Bay. It's a 800m walk uphill to the site. We will work rain or shine so please wear appropriate shoes and clothing as it can be chilly if windy up there.

Gloves and tools will be provided. If you can't find us contact 0221 277361.

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