Trees for Berms update

In late 2021 we gave you the opportunity to register your interest in having native trees planted on your roadside berm. There was really positive feedback to this initiative, a first for Auckland Council working with a community group, with 56 residents expressing interest. Your information was passed on to Auckland Council and the Council carried out site inspections to determine the preferred tress for your berm.

2023  "Auckland Council staff confirmed the requested sites will be inspected in May and June and reported back to the coordinator. Staff anticipates all sites will be planted pending stock availability."

12 June 2024 = Auckland Council have finalised tree selection across 12 sites which will be planted up between July24-Sept24. Once planting has occurred we will post photos. 

Next native plant collection - Saturday 14th Sept 2024

Our next giveaway of native plants is Saturday 14th Sept 2024 from 10:00am - 12:00pm - members are not only able to collect native plants from our extensive collection, but also traps (wasp, rodent and possum), bird feeders, and weta motels.

With the support of Jo and her fantastic team from Cornwall Park nursery, you will find us setup on in front of Stardome Observatory.

Native plant species available include;

- Smaller bagged stock:

Dodonea viscosa                       Dodonea viscosa purpurea

Metrosideros excelsa                 Pittosporum roimata

Hoheria augustifolia                   Pseudopanax trident

Pseudopanax arboreus             Phormium cookianum

Sophora microphylla                 Pittosporum crassifolium

- Larger potted size:

Sophora microphylla

Totara – be in quick as down to 3 large ones

White Rata

Pseudopanax arboreus


Nesting Ruru in the halo area

Courtesy of Olga and Kevin, both active members of Birds NZ, who are also active  trappers,  these photos of a nesting Ruru pair in their back yard as taken in September - October 2023.

"We live about 150 m from the Cornwall Park boundary in the halo of Maungakiekie Songbird. We started hearing the Ruru in our back garden in early August. We were also alerted by lots of bird alarm calls. The Ruru/Morepork started to investigate the nest-box around the start of September . The nestbox is based on a design used on Tiri-Tiri Matangi where we have volunteered for many years. We modified it further so it is dark inside and is hard for a predator to enter. We observed the birds mating in late September and the first egg was laid on the 6th of October and the second around the 9th of October.  

The female Ruru sits in the box during the day whilst the male roosts in a nearby tree. At night both Ruru hunt mainly at dawn and dusk. 

We have planted numerous trees over the years to encourage birds including the 10 m tall totara which the nest-box sits in. We suspect the Ruru have moved from a nearby developed section which had all of its large trees removed earlier in the year. Sadly a lot of mature trees have been removed by developers in recent years.

We have seen the Ruru catch mice, birds and insects in recent weeks. "

Native Plant & traps collection - Saturday 4th May 2024

Our handout on Saturday 4th May continued  another strong turnout from old and new members alike dropping in to collect native plants and traps.

Again a huge thanks to Carolina from Cornwall Park nursery, who managed the tree handout - another trailer load of native trees found good homes.

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Native Plant & traps collection - Saturday 24th February 2024

Our handout on Saturday 24th February saw another strong turnout from old and new members alike dropping in to collect native plants and traps.

A huge thanks to Carolina from Cornwall Park nursery, who managed the tree handout - another trailer load of native trees found good homes.

Sarah the possum catcher

Possums  #7- #11   23rd Feb - 22nd March 2024

Sarahs house backs onto Cornwall Park and she had noticed some possum activity along her fence line so she installed a possum trap back in late 2022 and since then  she has been regularily catching possums. After a bit of a lull in activity over the past 6 months a female was caught on Thursday night/Friday morning 23rd February 2024.

This has triggered a run of catches with further on 1st, 5th, 10th and 18th March, Sarah's now at 11 - keep up the great work Sarah.

If you are noticing any possum activity please get in touch and we can supply you a possum trap - although you will be doing to beat Sarah's total ..... 

Native Plant & traps collection - Saturday 2nd December 2023

Our handout on Saturday 2nd December saw a great turnout from old and new members alike dropping in to collect native plants, traps and Weta motels (as made by Onehunga High School).

A huge thanks to Lisa from Cornwall Park nursery, who managed the tree handout - the trailer load of native trees found many good homes.

Native Plant & traps collection - Saturday 23rd Sept 2023

Our handout on Saturday 23rd September saw a huge turnout from old and new members alike dropping in to collect native plants and traps.

As always, a huge thanks to Charlotte from Cornwall Park nursery, who managed the tree handout - the trailer load of native trees found many good homes.


Native Plant & traps collection - Saturday 27th May 2023

Our giveaway on Saturday 27th May from 10:30am - 12:00pm saw another big turnout from members dropping in to collect native plants, bird seed cones, traps and weta motels.

As always, a huge thanks to Charlotte from Cornwall Park nursery, who managed the tree handout - another 2 trailers worth of trees found great new homes !!


Resource collection Saturday 11th March 2023

Our giveaway 0n Saturday 11th March 2023 saw another great turnout from members, with both native trees  and wasp traps of particular interest. As always a big thanks to the team from Cornwall Park nursey with their ongoing support.

For any members unable to make Saturday's collection, drop us a line as we are doing drop-off's over the next week.


Native Plant & Trap collection - Saturday 26th November 2022

Our giveaway on Saturday 26th November 22 saw another great turnout from members dropping in to grab native plants and traps to continue their great efforts in building the local habitat. Charlotte from Cornwall Park nursery was kept busy going through 3 trailers of plants, huge thanks for her efforts, which also included offering plenty of gardening advice.

Native Plant & Bird Seed collection - Saturday 27th August 2022

Our giveaway on Saturday 27th August from 11:00am - 12:15pm saw another huge turnout from members dropping in to collect native plants, bird seed cones, traps and weta motels.

Also a huge thanks to Charlotte from Cornwall Park nursery, who managed the tree handout - the 2 trailers worth of trees found great new homes !!


Bird seed winter collection Sunday 19 June 10-11am 2022

Help our little feathery friends with a top-up of food for your bird feeders. We are giving out bird seed cones and cakes for your bird feeders on Sunday 19th June between 10:00am - 11:00am in Cornwall Park. We will have a table set-up on Bollard Ave, about 30m into Cornwall Park from Campbell Rd.

Please register to secure your supply on the 'register' tab, or simply turn up on the morning. While we have good stock available and will do our best to ensure we are able to meet your needs, we can't guaranteed supply unless you register in advance.

Resource collection Saturday 21st May 2022

Our collection day on Saturday 21st May saw us move these events to Puriri Drive so we could easily link into the Cornwall Park nursery, where our stock is being looked after by the Cornwall Park nursery team.

A huge turnout on the day saw over 100 native plants given out, which will ensure there's great food and shelter in the years ahead for our little feathery friends.

Trees for Berms update

In late 2021 we gave you the opportunity to register your interest in having native trees planted on your roadside berm. There was really positive feedback to this initiative, a first for Auckland Council working with a community group, with 56 residents expressing interest.

Your information was passed on to Auckland Council and the Council will be carrying out site inspections to determine the preferred tress for your berm, and will then be contacting you directly to discuss this species selection, and once agreed planting will be undertaken by Auckland Council in the coming months.

"Auckland Council staff confirmed the requested sites will be inspected in May and June and reported back to the coordinator. Staff anticipates all sites will be planted pending stock availability."

We will track progress and when planting occurs will add a few photos on the website.

Expanded eastern halo boundary May 2022

We're really excited to announce that from May 2022 we are able to expand our halo area to take in a number of streets towards Ellerslie, within the Albert-Eden local board area.

Communications are going out to households in the new halo streets in mid May.

The streets now included are;

- Miro Road

- western half of Matai Road

Expanded northern halo boundary February 2022

We're really excited to announce that from February 2022 we are able to expand our halo area to take in a number of streets towards Mt St John, within the Albert-Eden local board area.

Communications will go out to households in the new halo streets in mid February.

The streets now included are;

- Ranfurly Road                   - Griffin Ave

- Cornwall Park Ave             - Wapiti Ave

- Korau Road

- Aratonga Ave ( south from Korau Rd )

Expanded Halo area October 2021

We're really excited to announce that from October we are able to expand our halo area to take in a number of streets south off Campbell Road, within the Maungakiekie-Tamaki local board area.

Communications will go out to households in the new halo streets in mid October.

The streets now included are;

- Clarke Road                        - Amaru Road

- Onehunga Mall (north of Clarke and Tawa Roads)

- Tawa Road                          - Mariri Road

- Moana Ave                          - Rawhiti Road

- Tawhiri Road                       - Kowhatu Road

- Horotutu Road (north of Kawau Road)

- Irirangi Road                   - Korokino Road

- Kawau Road                   - St Oswalds Road

- Te Kawa Road (north of Kawau Road)

Wasp trap lure trial - sugar water vs apple cider vinegar

Several people had asked "what is the best lure for wasps - sugar water or apple cider vinegar." ?

Great question, one that could be easily answered - lets run a trial and find out. So for 7 days at the end of march two wasp traps, side by side, one containing sugar water (3 heaped teaspoons) ($1.69 500g bag of sugar), the other containing pure apple cider vinegar (250ml into trap) ($3.69 for a 750ml bottle).

The results after 7 days - sugar water had 6 wasps, 3 fly's, 2 other insects and a heap of ants  vs 2 flies in the apple cider vinegar. A victory for sugar water. Not only is it more effective its about 20x cheaper.

 

Trail camera's available on loan basis

Think you have unwanted night-time visitors but unsure ?

Trail cameras work based on motion detection sensors. Set to either capture pictures (as on right) or video's, the cameras can be used to identify what's running around your backyard. Simply remove the memory card and view images in your PC/laptop. 

As our example shows from a resident in Wheturangi Road, a trail camera was setup over New Years capturing activity around their recently installed possum trap. Several nights later a visitor checked out the trap and the end result can be seen.


From Gail, in Epsom - trial user February 2021

"I found a rat in a photo and positioned the trap in that spot - whammo!"


If you would like to trial a camera for 1-2 weeks, just drop us a line and we'll be in touch.

Rare native tree - Bartlett's Rata

Bartlett's Rata (Metrosideros bartlettii) is a rare specimen forest tree. Reaches maximum of 30 metres but in cultivation it more commonly ranges between 8-10m. Smallish white flowers (the only white-flowered rata species) Oct-Nov. Distinctive whitish, spongy, flaking bark. Attractive dark green foliage with steeply curved crown. Prefers good sun. An endangered species that would be a treasure in any garden or landscape.

Due to its rare status and our limited stock special criteria apply for those residents interested in receiving one of these trees. If interested please contact us and we'll discuss the criteria.

Trees for Berms

We have had a few requests from members about how they can get trees planted in their street berms to help enhance both the aesthetics of their street as well as the local habitat. Due to a large number of factors, such as consideration of overhead power lines, underground pipes, large size of the tree to be planted, etc  this is something that needs to be managed by Auckland Council. 

We have discussed the interest from residents with Auckland Council, who have been great to assist in devising an easy process for you to request trees to be planted on the berm that they will manage. 

Please fill in the registration form, which is sent to Auckland Councils biodiversity team

While we had a submission closing date of November 30th 2021 please feel free to drop a submission in and we will take it to Auckland Council who will then do a site visit and contact you re planting arrangements.

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Registration form sent.

WASP Trap (new 2021)

The hanging WASP Trap is designed for backyard use to get rid of wasps.

Using just a sugar/water mix to attract wasps (this mix will not attract bees) it works by trapping then drowning them.

Easy to use and of course environmentally friendly. 100% natural.

Limit 2 units per household. 

Removing unwanted Magpie's

Magpies are both a nuisance and a  threat to public safety and native bird's so as a result we are assisting both Cornwall Park and local residents trap them for removal from the local area.

Maungakiekie Songbird have been happy to assist Cornwall Park by providing 2 cages to help with this trapping activity over the 2020/21 summer.

Onehunga Community News

March 2021

An update on our project following the journey since the first article in October 2020 (pre-launch).

A big thanks to the team at the Onehunga Community News for their ongoing interest and support in helping to let the local community know of our project. With a distribution to 16,000 households it's a great way to get our message out.


Resource collection 13th Feb 2021

Another sunny summer day saw a great turnout from existing and new members alike to collect resources. The new wasp traps proved very popular with over 150 handed out to members.

Again a big thanks to our partners who supported us on the day; Jo from Cornwall Park, Mary and Ross from Auckland Council, Jordan from the Tūpuna Maunga Authority and Ben from Envirotools.

Biosecurity New Zealand - Protect magazine summer edition 2020

The magazine of the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute, summer edition 2020, has a 2 page story on Maungakiekie Songbird.

This magazine is widely distributed across the conservation sector in New Zealand so we are excited to profile our project, that may act as an initiator for other projects to replicate, or at least learn from.

https://www.biosecurity.org.nz...

LAUNCH DAY - Saturday 17th October - One Tree Hill Domain

A huge thanks to the near 300 residents who attended, and the support from our partners, to make this a great kickoff for our project. 

Our flyers are out - Wed 7 Oct

After several months of planning it's exciting to see our first flyers being delivered to residents letterboxes today advising them of the launch of MAUNGAKIEKIE SONGBIRD with an invite to attend the launch in One Tree Hill on 17th October.

Onehunga Community News October 2020

A big thanks to Tim and the team at the Onehunga Community News for giving us a profile on p3 of the October 2020 edition of the magazine, distributed to some 16,000 homes and businesses around Epsom, One Tree Hill, Royal Oak and Onehunga. We appreciate your support.