Posts Tagged ‘ Leo Koppens ’

Nature reserve gets kid-friendly billing

Jul 10th, 2018 | By

The Tamahere Reserve has featured in a magazine promoting outdoor adventures for kids.

Outdoor Kid is a free bi-monthly magazine and website designed to spread the word about kid-friendly walks throughout New Zealand.

The Tamahere Reserve figures in the June/July magazine and on the website among the top five kid-friendly adventures less than an hour from Hamilton.



Suffering and superheroes: fire anniversary

Mar 31st, 2018 | By

The 10th anniversary of the fatal Icepak Tamahere fire has prompted another publication to look back a decade to April 5, 2008.

Raewyn Koppens describes the day she thought she’d died as an experience coloured with suffering and superheroes, reports the Waikato Times.

The light of a warm Saturday afternoon turned to darkness, and through a smokey haze, figures began to appear.



Young team help extend boardwalk

Dec 19th, 2017 | By

Work is underway on a major, 100m extension of the Tamahere Reserve’s network of boardwalks.

Funded by a $13,000 grant from the Waikato District Community Wellbeing Trust, the hard work of lugging tonnes of timber on site is being done by local youngsters.

The group, pictured, are transporting the timber by hand and on wheelbarrows in the challenging terrain for the boardwalk.



Student tackles trash

Oct 18th, 2017 | By

The Tamahere Reserve’s rubbish burden is significantly lighter thanks to St Peters School student Ollie McGahey.

Ollie undertook a school project to investigate the rubbish around Tamahere and how the community might address the problem.

He soon found that one way to tackle the problem was to get stuck in himself.



Grant takes boardwalk further

Sep 19th, 2017 | By

Boardwalks in the Tamahere Reserve are set to be extended thanks to a grant from a Waikato community trust.

News of the $13,000 grant from the Waikato District Community Wellbeing Trust has given a welcome boost to the group restoring the Tauwhare Rd reserve.

“We’re delighted to have received the funding which will mean we can build 100m of boardwalk,” said Tamahere Mangaone Restoration Trust spokesman Leo Koppens.



Youth group swings into action

Aug 27th, 2017 | By

The Tamahere youth action group’s labours are likely to bear fruit for many years to come.

In its first outing, the new group planted 22 fruit trees along the boundary of the Tamahere School and the recreation reserve today.

Joined by Tamahere councillor Aksel Bech the group planted pear, apple, plum, mandarin and feijoa trees.



BNZ bank staff boost reserves

Aug 23rd, 2017 | By

The restoration of Tamahere nature reserves got a boost today when some Hamilton bank staff swapped their offices for the outdoors.

Six staff from the BNZ Hamilton branch downed office tools and picked up gardening tools to join Tamahere conservationist Leo Koppens in two local reserves – the Tamahere Reserve on Tauwhare Rd, and the Allan Turner Reserve, on Woodcock Rd.

Their big day out was part of Closed for Good, the BNZ’s annual day of volunteering.



TCC members beautify grounds

Jun 20th, 2017 | By

Tamahere Community Committee members have been digging in for a good cause this week in the interests of a lovely and leafy environment.

Committee members including deputy chair Sue Robertson and Leo Koppens, pictured, planted around 160 trees and shrubs to screen an unsightly industrial site from the new recreation reserve.

Also pitching in to beautify the reserve with kahikatea and ribbonwood trees were TCC members Ro Edge and Graham McAdam, and local Keith Robertson.



Weedbusters free reserve plants

Feb 23rd, 2017 | By

Volunteer, Tamahere weedbusters today donated their time to freeing new plantings from rampant weeds in the Tamahere Reserve.

The volunteer group, co-ordinated by Jude Tisdall, are an offshoot of the Waikato Ecological Restoration Trust, which runs the Tamahere Community Nursery.

Their three-hour weedbusting efforts released about 500 new plants from the strangling growth of pest invaders that threatened to overwhelm them.



Plan to guide reserve work

Jun 19th, 2016 | By

The Tamahere Reserve has reached another milestone – a professionally-written ecological restoration plan to guide its way for at least the next five years.

Prepared by Wildland Consultants and funded by the Waikato Regional Council, the 78-page plan documents the current, partly restored state of the Tauwhare Rd reserve, the issues ahead for its restorers and how they can be managed.

Significantly for a vestige of the type of forest and wetland that used to dominate the Waikato, the plan places the 4.6ha Tamahere Reserve in an ecological history dating back tens of thousands of years.