Posts Tagged ‘ Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust ’

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eco-warrior up for award

Jun 7th, 2016 | By

Tamahere eco-warrior Leo Koppens is up for the Volunteer of the Year Award in this year’s Volunteer Excellence Awards.

Volunteering Waikato’s annual awards recognise the effort and impact on their communities of an army of people who give of their time freely and without payment.

Koppens, who began restoring the Tamahere Reserve four years ago, was nominated by his fellow members on the Tamahere Mangaone Restoration Trust.

Fund supports reserve

Dec 23rd, 2015 | By

The Tamahere Reserve was one of 12 community projects to get a grant from a Waikato Regional Council fund designed to sponsor projects that protect and enhance the environment.

The Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust that is voluntarily restoring the Tauwhare Rd reserve will get $5000 from the council’s Environmental Initiatives Fund.

Trust chairman Leo Koppens said the grant will fund a professionally written management plan for the 5ha reserve.

Neighbours roll out barrow

Nov 23rd, 2015 | By

The Tamahere-Mangaone Restoration Trust is celebrating the kindness of neighbours.

Back in February it was just the opposite.

Then the volunteer group restoring the Tamahere Reserve was bemoaning the vileness of thieves who had made off with one of its two trusty wheelbarrows.

Professionals boost reserves

Oct 27th, 2015 | By

In a boost for Tamahere conservation projects two teams of professionals have weighed in to help the efforts of hardworking local volunteers today.

In the reserve below the Allan Turner Bridge on Woodcock Rd, arborists displayed their awe inspiring skills by painstakingly sawing down a 30 metre pine tree that threatened both the bridge and nearby power lines.

Meanwhile, in the Tamahere Reserve on Tauwhare Rd a construction team began work on a boardwalk which will stretch around 200m into the reserve.

Community behind reserve

Sep 16th, 2015 | By

More community spirit and good ole hard graft has gone into the public nature reserve below the Allan Turner suspension bridge.

The Tamahere Lions, who had a working bee at the Woodcock Rd reserve last month, turned out again this month for another session of weed clearing.

Yesterday, just a few days after the Lions’ efforts, a second group of young eco-warriors were clambering the reserve banks to plant trees, many of them kowhai they had grown themselves.