SUPPORT FROM LOCAL MAUNGAKIEKIE RESIDENTS NEEDED

Maungakiekie Songbird seeks to create a buffer zone or 'halo' area around the parks of Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill Domain. For this we need the support of residents, businesses and organisations to join up and not only install predator traps on their properties but also enhance the habitat they are providing.

In creating this buffer zone around the Parks, predators will have to run a gauntlet of traps to reach the park. The greater the number of traps deployed means the greater the catches and less predators making it into the Parks. For those predators that do make it, the Parks have a pest management programme in place so their stay will be short lived !!  

Our initial halo area involves properties within a defined boundary (see map and street details below), which we hope to grow in the years ahead linking up with other community groups.

If you're interested to join and start trapping, and/or plant native trees, and/or setup a bird feeder, then register on the 'contact us' page and we will be in touch about how you can receive your resources.

Residents signed up as at 28 February 2021

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HALO AREA & STREETS

The halo area includes all properties inside of the following streets towards the Parks; 

- Campbell Road - Royal Oak roundabout to Wheturangi Road

- Wheturangi Road from Campbell Road , through Greenlane Road, up to Wapati Road

- Wapiti Road from Wheturangi Road to Market Road

- Market Road from Wapiti Road to Campbell Crescent

- Manukau Road, running south from Campbell Crescent to Royal Oak roundabout

FREE RESOURCES

MONITORING TOOLS

CHEW CARDS & WAX TAGS

Find out what your pest problem is or monitor how your pest control is progressing. Use chew cards or wax tags to do this.
Filled with a non-toxic palatable paste, chew cards attract small mammals which bite and chew the cards. Identify the chew marks using the provided guide to see what species are around, for example:
- possums
- rats
- mice
- stoats

Want to know how many possums or rats you’re dealing with? Wax tags estimate the density (numbers) of possums or rats by the bite mark impressions they leave in the knob of wax on the tag. Place wax tags on trees and leave for 3-5 nights before inspecting.

PREDATOR TRAPS

RODENT & POSSUM TRAPS

The latest in trap design and innovation from Envirotools, a leading New Zealand manufacturer.

The Supervisor Max is a compact, easy to use multi-rodent trap designed specifically for the home and backyard. With a unique automatic safety latch system which does not allow access inside the trap when the trap is set – complete security for the user, pets and children. Toxin-free effective rodent control made user-friendly and hygienic.

Key features;

- Hands clear operation allowing safe and hygienic handling and clearing of trap

- Safety latch system for complete security of pets and children

- Screw mounting and releasable cable tie mounting options for permanent fixing


The Flipping Timmy is our selected trap for possum control. This user-friendly and effective trap is designed for all ages and capabilities. Clean and safe to use, it requires no handling of the catch. 

Key features;

- Ergonomic, vertical set on tree trunk.

- Flexible baiting system and unique fine setting ability make this a very versatile trapping tool





WASP TRAP (new January 2021)

Designed for backyards, the hanging wasp trap is an easy to use, environmentally friendly trap that will ensure these pests won't spoil your outdoors. 

- works by attracting wasps to a liquid mixture of sugar water, wasps are attracted by smell, becoming trapped inside trap and drowning. 

21.02.21    Hello 

Just to say thanks to Maungakiekie Songbird for the wasp catches.  Working brilliantly and I'm amazed at just how many wasps have been trapped already.

Kind regards

Claudia

NATIVE PLANTS

HAND SELECTED FROM CORNWALL PARK NURSERY

Jo and her team from the Cornwall Park nursery have hand selected a range of native plants that are both ideal for the back garden as well as providing food sources and shelter to wild birds.

- Sophora prostrata – Kōwhai

A small dense semi-deciduous Kōwhai tree that can grow up to 2 metres tall. It bears beautiful yellow-orange flowers which can attract birds like Kereru, Bellbird and Tūi. It is a slow growing tree which handles most conditions, it is such a great addition in the garden or in a pot.

- Phormium cookianum – Wharariki

A medium-sized native evergreen, clump forming, arching perennial growing to around 1.5m tall and 1m wide. Yellow-orange flowers are produced in summer on tall stems that attract different bird species including Tūi and Bellbirds. A very hardy plant that can thrive in almost any conditions apart from full shade.

- Pittosporum crassifolium - Karo

A small native tree that can reach about 5m tall once mature, it has clusters of burgundy flowers appearing in spring to early summer which are highly scented at night. Karo are an important nectar source at this time for Tūi, Bellbirds and many beneficial insects, then once the seeds are ripe in summer this is also a great food source for many bird species. 

- Metrosideros excelsa – Pōhutukawa

Wildly known as the New Zealand Christmas tree for its beautiful red flowers that bloom in summer, the Pōhutukawa is a favourite for our native bees, birds and geckos. They are very attracted to its nectar, fruit and seeds. Once mature the Pōhutukawa can reach heights of up to 20m with usually a wider spread but you can trim them when young to keep the tree a more manageable size.

- Kunzea ericoides - Kānuka

Kānuka is a flowering native tree that will grow around 15m once mature. It was widely used by the Maori for timber, tools, weapons and as fuel for their fires. These beautiful trees tend to attract Fantails and Grey warblers to the garden, the bees and butterflies also enjoy their masses of white flowers when they are out in full bloom.


New natives available from February 2021

Pseudopanax arboreus - commonly known as five-finger, is a common tree of lowland forests throughout New Zealand that grows into a well-branched rounded tree of 3-6m. The tiny flowers are produced in large clusters during winter, and male and female flowers are carried on separate trees. The flowers are followed by small purplish berries that appeal to birds.

Sophora microphylla - another in the kōwhai family (a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to New Zealand). Growing to 8 m tall and broad, S.Microphylla is an evergreen  small tree. It has a mass of yellow bell-shaped flowers which arrive in early spring and are a food favourite of Tui's and other bird life.

Knightea excelsa - Tall evergreen New Zealand native tree with a narrow, columnar habit, flowering in spring. Flowers are rich in nectar and attract birds such as Tui. Even though Knightia excelsa eventually becomes very tall, its narrow growth habit makes it an attractive specimen tree that is suitable even for smaller gardens. Looks great when planted in groups where space allows. Excellent choice if you wish to attract birds and bees in your garden.

Bartletts Rata (Metrosideros bartlettii)

WOW, wow wow - this tree is something very special.

 A rare specimen forest tree. Reaches maximum height of 30 metres. Smallish white flowers (the only white-flowered rata species) Oct-Nov. Distinctive whitish, spongy, flaking bark. Attractive dark green foliage with steeply curved crown.  Endemic in the Far North. Prefers good sun.

Due to it's rare status and limited stock availability this tree is only available to residents who's gardens meet selected criteria. If you're interested to secure one of these special trees please drop us a note and we'll discuss the criteria to receive a tree.

BIRD FEEDERS

Bird feeders are an easy to use and affordable way to top up food for a wide range of bird species. 

The PekaPeka nectar feeder allows you to feed multiple species of birds from the same feeding station. 

The sugar-water bottle supports nectar feeders, such as Tui’s, while a hook on the underside of the platform allows you to hang any desired feeder to target a range of other species such as finches. 


Note - hanging baskets come in 2 styles with one taking bird cake as the feed, while the other takes truffle balls (as shown).

BIRD BATHS

Ok this is not a free resource that we give out, but something that you can win. And we're trying to make winning easy - as a member if you make a referral to a neighbour, or someone else within the halo area, and they sign-up (and note you as a referring member) then you both go into the monthly draw to each win a bird bath (as shown).

Handmade in Auckland by Sanstone NZ, this sleek modern design bird bath is available in colour options of cream or dark grey. Each birdbath has a unique ceramic insert in its base. 
Height                   920mm
Bowl diameter    500mm