Whareroa Farm Reserve, Mackays Crossing, Paekakariki
Catchment View Track opening June 18th 2017

After a year of planning and volunteer effort this tramping track was opened by Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow, helped by a group of children, on June 18th 2017.

Over 40 volunteers and supporters gathered to plant native trees then Janet unveiled the sign and children broke the tape to open the track. Sentinel totara trees were planted.

Hi everyone.

We plan an hour’s planting on Sunday, June 18 from 9am, along the beginning of Catchment View Track, and around the Marines’ Water Intake.

Then morning tea (around 10 - 10.15) followed by opening of our latest track which looks down on the upper reaches of the Whareroa Stream.

The signs were donated by Walking Access Aotearoa and the top stile by Transpower. Many thanks to these organisations.

The Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 (CMS2) skink salvage & relocation programme has now been completed. A total of 575 southern grass skinks (scientific name: Oligosoma aff. polychroma Clade 5) were recovered from 10 sites within the CSM2 footprint before the start of construction. The first 300 skinks were released in the Mokomoko Sanctuary (0.25-ha Lizard Habitat Area) on the corner of Springs and Halswell Junction Roads. This area was set aside especially for the skinks and was planted up over the 2015 winter.

The Kapiti Diversity Project, together with Eco Gecko, are co-ordinating:

a)   A night of nocturnal lizard spotting on February 14, 2017 (9pm - 11:30pm) at Whareroa Farm Reserve, and

b)   looking for volunteers for a series of Lizard monitoring programmes in Queen Elizabeth Park, Whareroa Farm Reserve and the Paekakriki Escarpment in February, March and April.

You can find more information here...

Funding for the signage for the new Catchment View Track to be received thanks to the NZ Walking Access Commission!

Here is a media release from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission dated 16 December 2016

Whareroa Farm receives funding for signage

The Whareroa Guardians Community Trust has been granted $2,140 to assist with the design and installation of signs to mark public access on a new Kapiti Coast track.

If you see goats on Whareroa, please send an email to Jason ([email protected]) or let us know on FB and we will forward it to Jason.

Let him know when, approximately where and how many goats you saw.

Wild Goats on Whareroa are sadly a quite destructive pest and turn up at irregular intervals in varying numbers.

Jason has recently been accredited by DOC to deal with goats on Whareroa. In November he reduced the goat population on Whareroa by 8 animals.

Planted this year:

Cabbage Tree - Cordyline australis


Five Finger - Pseudopanax arboreus


Flax - cookianum


The Stuart Park Restoration Project has being recognized, winning the Heritage and Environment Category in the Porirua City Wellington Airport Awards...
Thanks to all those who have come out to help with planting over the last 3 years...

Heaps of stock to get in the ground this year. Come help with planting, Staurt Park, Titahi Bay!

The Whareroa Guardians Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, April 18, 7pm at the Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room

All are welcome. Come along and catch up with all the news, listen to a guest speaker and enjoy refreshments afterwards

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As part of CVNZ’s new international volunteer programme we will be moving into the Truby King House which will be utilised as our volunteer accommodation and community engagement centre in Wellington City.
Set on the Melrose Hills amongst beautiful botanical gardens, the historic Truby King House is truly a jewel in Wellington’s crown. Remaining more or less underutilised in recent years, we envision that our volunteers will breath new life into the house and create an atmosphere befitting of the House’s original owner.

Starting in April 2015.  to 31 December.



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Dear Stuart Park Restoration Project,


Congratulations - Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards 2015 Finalist – Porirua Region


The awards recognise the valuable contribution of volunteers to community groups across the Wellington Region, across five categories – Art & Culture, Education & Child Youth Development, Health & Wellbeing, Heritage & Environment and Sport & Leisure. This year we also have a new Rising Star award recognising emerging groups.


In mid-June a small group of Buckletons volunteers spent a couple of mornings reclaiming last years plantings from the kikuyu and other weeds starting to take over. The plantings in the top corner have survived well and, thankfully, the Japanese honeysuckle in that area is now well-controlled.

Thanks to the intrepid planters Keith Edwards, Diana Chambers, Krys and Tony Lanigan, Judith Jones, Steve Watts, Ngaire Wallen, Stuart Halliwell and Grant Crawshay who planted 336 plants on 12 July 2015 on the Baddeleys Beach creek edge. 
Thanks to Bernie who did some preparatory weed clearing for us .
Thanks also to Judy and Neil Chan who allowed us access  through their property to deposit the plants close to the planting area. 

Dear fellow conservation community member,

Helen has reported on the completion of her second 2 year bird count activities.

You can find her report and also a background to her work

We can't thank Helen enough for her work (and Tony for his support of Helen) that has provided an invaluable base case assessment of bird life at this early stage of the development of the Whareroa Reserve Farm.

On 26th June 2015 The Prebbleton Nature Park was awarded the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board Award. The present volunteers together with DOC staff from the Sockburn office and Board members met at the Nature Park in Prebbleton to celebrate the award.

David Round stood in as acting President to present the volunteers with the award followed by a stroll around the Park.

At the recent Dunes Restoration Trust conference in Whangarei, David Mc Dougall, on behalf of the Group, received the award as the best coastal community group in 2015 for outstanding contribution to coastal vegetation.As well as the certiicate, the group received a $250 voucher from the sponsors, tauponative Plant Nursery

The old caravan previously lived on the tops of Kapiti Island. It was donated by the then National Provident fund and was used by possum trappers and by DOC rangers monitoring birds such as kokako.

It is planned to restore it and use it as a shelter at Whareroa Farm Reserve at the “Hub”. Volunteers have commenced cleaning it out, including removing an old rat’s nest. The inside and outside walls will be scrubbed and painted.

Come to the Opening of the NEW Ti Kouka/Rocks Track at Whareroa Farm Reserve on Sunday Feb 1st at 11am.

It starts on the Farm Race before one reaches the Hub and proceeds to the left of the Cairn up then crossing the Upper Ti Kouka Valley then follows the ridges mostly following old bulldozed farm tracks.

This track takes trampers and horse riders up to the highest point of the reserve: “The Rocks”, at 320m altitude, a total climb of 300m. Half way are the cabbage trees, “Ti Kouka” – seen on the centre-right horizon.

Milk Trees have been planted in Whareroa as part of a propagation programme for rare trees.

A huge thank you to Otari Native Botanic Garden and friends for their work and that Whareroa may play a role in this project.

You can find them to the west of the Kohekohe Bush, just where the Gum trees begin (see the photos attached to this item)

Print out the map which includes the locations to be found in the Kohekohe Bush,The Dell, The Hub and Matai Bush. Fun for all the family!

The photo in this posting is of a location which includes a small stamp on the stake which you can use to fill in your map :-)

Marunui Conservation presents a very interesting short video found on Youtube about the first night out for a newly hatched northern brown kiwi chick from the 2014 Spring breeding season. Some amazing kiwi behaviour is captured of both the male kiwi named Anzac and his mate and their relationship with the chick.    See this amazing vid at:


The Friends of Maungawhau (Mt Eden, Auckland) have just published Maungawhau: A Short History of Volunteer Action.

This 116-page book is an absorbing account of two decades of community effort to preserve and protect Auckland's volcanic heritage. It explores the complex issues and challenges that the Friends have faced, and describes their experience in restoring native vegetation to unstable scoria slopes.

The book is beautifully produced and includes maps, photos, diagrams and native/weed plant lists.

Ann Evans is being recognised for her untiring, wonderful work on Whareroa Farm Reserve

John Lancashire is being recognised for his untiring, wonderful work in his role as Chair of Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park

Both have been nominated in the category of "Environment".

On November 19, the announcement of category winners and overall winner will be held at Te Papa.

We wish them both, best of luck!!

Matt Maitland of the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc (TOSSI)would like to hear of any saddleback sightings on the Takatu Peninsula.

Two errant saddleback that left the park were recaptured at Waikauri Bay and repatriated to the park. Saddleback have next to nil chance of survival outside the Tawharanui fence.

Please spread the word that TOSSI would like to have reports of any saddleback sightings outside the sanctuary, so that the birds can can be relocated to safety.

On September 1, Conservation Minister Nick Smith with Minister of Education Hekia Parata visited Whareroa Farm Reserve to announce grants of $27,705 towards the protection of a new wetland area as well as $5,690 to establish a new tramping and horse riding track up to the highest point on the farm, The Ti Kouka/ Rocks Track.

This is the press release from the NZ Government....

Hon Dr Nick Smith
Minister of Conservation

1 September 2014 Media Statement

A lovely planting time on August 17, 2014, with Paraparaumu Scouts as well as our usual fantastic volunteers. 250 more plants completed the upper joining between Matai Bush and Upper Bush as well as 300 toetoe high on the slope above the entrance.

On Sunday 13 July the Buckletons Bay contingent of the Takatu Landcare Group had its first Auckland Council supported planting day. After all the rain of the previous week we were lucky to have sunshine for our morning of planting. Between the 9 volunteers and 2 hard working NZ Biosecurity staff  we were able to plant about 500 native plants at two sites in the bush reserve, in areas previously cleared of japanese honeysuckle and other weeds. A welcome barbecue and refreshments were provided courtesy of Auckland Council at the end.

NZ GIS in Conservation (GiC) provides GIS volunteers for conservation groups that need maps for their conservation work. GiC has a Nature Space page, a Website, and a Facebook page, or you can EMAIL us.

Todate, this is the most popular article on our Facebook page (over 300 viewings) and you can access it by clicking on this link...



Northland brown kiwi released last year at Marunui Conservation in the Brynderwyns are to benefit from the sale of a local chocolate treat. Bennetts of Mangawhai, famous for their delicious chocolates, have created a special 200g kiwi egg which will be sold for Easter and as a regular item thereafter. To see the egg go to

The group is now an incorporated society, The Friends of Onoke Spit Inc.

The committee:

Chairman: Dougal MacKenzie

Secretary: Denise MacKenzie

Treasurer: Sara Uruski

Members: Kevin Morris & Joe Houghton.


In addition to 3 new additions to the Marunui kiwi population in recent months due to successful hatchings,  we were delighted to be the recipients of our 15th adult kiwi aptly named Goldie.  She comes to us from Limestone Island, a kiwi breeding facility off the Whangarei coast . She brings with her new gene stock to bolster our current kiwi population and also we're very much hoping she finds our other one and lonely Limestone Island kiwi Teddy who is desparately seeking.  She's a sleek, healthy and beautiful female and we hope she will soon settle in to our beautiful Marunui.

Written and recorded by RhythmPlant in 2006 to protest the selling of Whareroa Farm on NZ's Kapiti Coast for housing development.


See the attached flyer of the Cairn Opening with Picnic, live music, guided walks, chidren's activities

Happy New Year people!

Date of the Cairn Celebration shifted!...
is the first posting of 2014

New Date: Saturday February 22, beginning at 4pm...

If the weather is poor, the back-up date is Sunday, February 23

Gather at the Cairn at 4pm and there will be an official part at 4:30.

The Cairn construction is almost complete!

But there is still plenty more to do on and around the Cairn, aiming for that February 1 deadline.

Make a note: Saturday, February 1, 2014, beginning from 3pm there will be a celebration to officially acknowledge and celebrate the Cairn, the amazing story surrounding it, the people involved and Whareroa Farm.

We are planning lots of stuff for people of all ages - more info soon, stay tuned....



12 preschool children and 4 caregivers visited Whareroa Farm today to explore the Kohekohe bush loop track.

Several glossy brown wetas were spotted in the 'motels'. An empty nest was passed round - the outer loosely woven grass contrasting with a very smooth interior. The grates (ground level grids which keep sheep and cattle out of certain areas) were of interest as was the sighting of hamburger buns growing out of a tree trunk - large flat cream-coloured fungi!

Traffic-free open day on Maungawhau-Mt Eden

  • Free entry to Government House grounds
    from 10am to 4pm
  • Free guided walks
  • Weaving workshop
  • Butterfly release
  • Music and displays about the archaeology, geology, and vegetation of Maungawhau
  • Discovery trail
  • Wish tree and maunga-themed face painting
  • Photo essay competition
  • Take a picnic, enjoy the views, and explore the maunga without any traffic!

The construction of the Cairn re-began in October (after pausing for some 3 months due to weather and lambing) and continues at a steady pace.

Current plans are to have an opening celebration of and at the Cairn in summer.

The date of Saturday, February 1, 2014 is currently being targeted, with a back-up date of February 8 if the weather would be problematic. 

There is still plenty to do including signage and some additional construction around the Cairn itself. 

More details will follow as plans firm up

Stay tuned….

After a lot of planning and obtaining of consents, more physical on-the-ground work, including in the recent working bee, has been undertaken to clear gorse and prepare for the East Ridge Track from the Hub going right of the Dell uphill (see attached photos). A slip caused from winter rains has resulted in a small change to the planned track route. DOC has kindly agreed to assist in some of the areas of preparation. As of November 8, there was still another 50m of gorse to clear and some amounts of fencing to be removed as well as finalising of signage and some entry/exit preparations.

At last month's AGM river volunteer Ron Eckman gave a well received presentation on innovative  ways of involving the wider community in conservation and restoration projects. He described how he and his team involved more than 1,000 people in native tree restoration - in the heart of  downtown Wellington. Yes, people in suits and women in high heels! And all without any funding. Ron is willing to share his story, what he has learned about getting people motivated, and repeat his presentation for other interested groups.

Pictures, background and locations you can find here...  and if you aren't sure where those locations are you can find the maps of Whareroa here ....

Q: What do you do when your ends look tattered and there's no glossy shine?
A: Use hare spray!
When some newly planted young northern rata (Metrosideros robusta) were checked recently, it was found many had sustained total loss of leaves and others had torn or chewed leaves.
Forensic examination of the branches showed a characteristic diagonal end with missing buds. This split end appearance is typical of bites by the hare (Lepus capensis).

At Wildlands we are lucky to be able to work on a very diverse range of project.  Over the last six months we’ve undertaken Stream Ecological Valuations (SEV), fish surveys, designed and assessed fish passage structures, presented to an international forum on biodiversity offsetting, we’re working on assessing which sites are of ecological significance, and we get to peer review reports.  We never know what will turn up next.

And here is the link to the latest Supporters' Update from Whareroa Farm

Children from Raumati South School and Paraparaumu Beach School visited Whareroa to plant up the top of the Kapiti Lookout walk, to complete the Rugby Legends plantings. Project Crimson have donated a further sum to provide these trees. The attached feedback was received from Year 6 students of Paraparaumu School. Many thanks to DOC (and volunteers - you know who you are!) for making the whole experience a great day.

This link: will take you to a donations page for Whareroa Guardians.

The major rocks were placed earlier this week and Sascha will be working on the cairn this week. He would really appreciate help on Saturday 15th, 9am. Wear boots and tough gloves, helpers will be moving small rocks. Follow the flags. Take care of your back!

Coming up very soon is an opportunity to see a unique sight on the Kapiti Coast. Kohekohe trees in flower!

Kohekohe trees were once common in the coastal and lowland forests of New Zealand from North Cape to Nelson - Marlborough.

FBMMRG have been invited to make a brief presentation to the Hauraki Gulf Forum meeting on June 10 on our aspirations for an extended marine reserve area.

Recently our group made a submission on DOC's Auckland Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) Draft Plan 2014-2024, lobbying for extending the physical area of the Motu Manawa - Pollen Island Marine Reserve. Click here to see a copy.

We have been watching flower buds develop and invite the community to see these interesting and beautiful trees. The flowers come straight out of the trunks. They have a lovely aroma and are an amazing sight when they are out. Guardians will offer guided walks in bush areas. Meet at Whareroa Farm entrance at 10am for walks but the community can come any time during the morning and follow the flags. Volunteers will be about. Bring a picnic and try out the new picnic tables. There are now toilets in the middle of the farm. 




Hello everyone. This project is moving ahead thanks to stone mason Sascha Wassong and Theo Barsanti.

The cairn was first proposed when Whareroa was “saved”, in 2005. Its purpose is to be a reminder and commemoration of the vision, hard work and persistence of many people to preserve Whareroa in public ownership in perpetuity. Some of those are no longer with us such as Leon Kiel and Rod Donald.

It has been designed by architect Hugh Tennant, see attached diagram. Ian Redward surveyed the site last weekend.

In the last year or so several plans produced by Wildlands have been implemented.  It is a great feeling to see our advice coming to life.  Photo of one of the projects included.

It pays to keep your eye out for unusual things.  Staff working on a project spotted a strange plant.  It turned out to be Japanese (or Asiatic) knotweed (Fallopia japonica) which is a surveillance species in the Greater Wellington Region. 

The below link leads to an extract from 'The Weather Makers'; a book written by Tim Flannery, one of Australias leading scientists on climate change. A great read for politicians, scientists and curious individuals alike!


Please see attached document for more enlivening Friends of QEP updates and discussions.

Please see attached document for more enlivening Friends of QEP updates and discussions.

Please see attached document for more enlivening Friends of QEP updates and discussions.

This year we made a wonderful discovery in the valley behind Cannon Creek, hundreds of Tawa seedlings in the creek bed.

 Due to the control of browsing possums and inclosing the old remnants of bush with new plantings the old trees are flowering and producing seeds again. These are making their way into the creek and being deposited in the silt.

 This year we where able to harvest as many Tawa as we needed for future planting, not by starting them in the nursery but through the natural cycle of regeration that is underway again in the valley.

This year we had a large nor-west facing hillside of new trees to release. On return from Christmas the old gorse had returned in vengeance,  it was as high if not higher then the protective sleeves of the new trees.

The team was a bit down about what to do, our spray man was busy with other projects, 3000 trees where about to be lost to a carpet of gorse!

Solutions? Get Stomping! The team attacked the site, crushing the new growth with our boots and snapping off the gorse twigs with spades. Look! No Spray!

Remember last summer? You cant because it rained every week and blew southerlies non stop?

2013 is turning into a growing summer for the records books. Almost every month since Christmas we have had a heavy rain of at least 50mm. This combined with the hot weather has led to a super growing season. Winter of 2012 we planted a steep Nor-West bank that had been cleared of carpet gorse.

A survey in the upper Tangarakau finds a population of the Nationally Critical stalked adder’s tongue fern (Ophioglossum petiolatum) alongside fine-leaved parsley fern (Botrychium biforme).

Surveys around Wellington have turned up some unusual species and habitats, including woollyhead (Craspedia uniflora var. maritima) a Naturally Uncommon coastal species, Te Horo gravel beach and dune, and a vertical seepage wetland, that supports a dense colony of glow worms (Arachnocampa luminosa) in Wellington City!

We welcome new volunteers to our Tuesday morning weeding group, helping to restore native vegetation in the former Batger Quarry on the western slope of Maungawhau.

Contact our volunteer coordinator Jean Barton by email or phone 630-7010 if you can help.

See our website and blog.

In this issue:

The Denniston Plateau Bioblitz found a mystery gecko and its genetic identity is presently being investigated. Puti the lizard dog helped. A new species of geometrid moth was found at the same event.

The first known naturalised population of the Andean shrub pearlfruit Margyricarpus pinnatus has been discovered at the mouth of the Mataura River.

Attached is a brochure giving you the latest news on the people and services that Wildlands Consultants (Wellington) provide. Featured in this issue; indigenous inhabitants of streams and drains, biodiversity offsetting, the updated tree protection rules. 

Contact us if you are looking for ecological and environmental services such as:

Attached is a brochure giving you the latest news on the people and services that Wildlands Consultants (Wellington) provide.

Contact us if you are looking for ecological and environmental services such as: