Pourewa Restoration Group

The Pourewa Valley is in the heart of Auckland City. The remnant coastal forest is being restored by a number of volunteer groups headed by the Friends Of Pourewa Valley.

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Welcome to the PRG Diary page, a brief summary of the latest work down in the valley and also a chance to add opinions, thoughts and ideas about the project. 

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27th October 2015

Posted by pat on October 26, 2015 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Sounds like we suited Derek as well. Here are his comments.

"It was really by chance I met Martin at the clean-up day, and when he mentioned a small group meets each Sunday, that’s what I was looking for, the opportunity to help restore some native bush in this area. And then it being so close to home was a bonus!"

10 October - 25 October 2015

Posted by pat on October 25, 2015 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (48)

"A very big welcome to Derek who I am very pleased to say has joined our Pourewa Restoration Group. Great to have another local resident on board, Pat and I have really appreciated his assistance these past few Sunday mornings." Martin

We have had a CVNZ / Church group come in last weekend and attack a stand of Honeysuckle. We had started it the week before when Derek joined us. We continued with it this week. The guys really got into it. Huge activity among the vegetation.

It makes a real difference having another pair of hands to do the work.

3 October 2015

Posted by pat on October 2, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Useful article in the local paper about the Auckland City funding for the Valley project.

A planting session in the permitted area was held last week. Melissa and Sel kindly took part. Martin was there and Pat was not able to be present.

September 20 2015

Posted by pat on September 19, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Friends of Pourewa Valley team held a cleanup in the valley yesterday. See https://www.facebook.com/desley.simpson" target="_blank">Desley Simpson's account of the day. It was part of the Meadowbank St John's Residents Assoc who jointly led this initiative ~ aptly in Keep NZ Beautiful week.

Once again although there did not appear to be much rubbish 2 skips were filled.

Thanks to all who came along.

August 31 - September 12 2015

Posted by pat on September 11, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (43)


Carmel Claridge says. - "Last Sunday (30th August) a public meeting was held at the Meadowbank Community Centre to discuss the formation of a "Friends of Pourewa Valley" group. I would like to thank those who spoke at the meeting, and the 30 or so members of the community who attended to lend their support.

Several people have contacted me directly to advise of their interest in sitting on a committee and I would like to extend an invitation to anyone else who has a passion for the area, and wishes to be further involved please email me. There is much work to be done in setting up the formal structure of the group, establishing objectives, and setting out a strategic plan for the future. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated."

You are warmly invited to join the newly formed Friends of Pourewa Valley and the Meadowbank St Johns Residents' Association for our first ever clean up day in conjunction with the Keep NZ Beautiful campaign running from 14-20th September.


More details here.


August 16 - 30 2015

Posted by pat on August 29, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The school Board invited us in for a meeting to discuss their plans. A number of people from the interested community were present.

The trappers have been finding more rats than ever in the traps. How unpleasant having to unload a rat from a trap. The school are using poison bait stations so Martin contacted Sheryl  to see if we could use poison on our trapping stations and she was okay with this. We haven’t used poison before due to the council thinking that the school would not want poison on their grounds but clearly this rat issue has concerned the school.

Last week a group held a meeting to plan for the public meeting to be held on the 30th August.

This week a Waicare representative came to check out the stream. Have not yet heard their conclusions.

Martin came across a Kereru in the valley on Sunday afternoon, he has made the greatest video of the bird, what a neat development.

9 August 2015

Posted by pat on August 8, 2015 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

No work this morning as the area too wet. Instead we are reviewing the new rules for grant applications to be managed by the Local Board.

26 July 2015

Posted by pat on August 8, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

More transplanting this morning and a spot of stream clearing.

Today we planted straight into new positions as the ground was suitably wet. Did about 10 of these.

Moved onto the stream which had become very blocked. While doing this a flow of creamy blobby semi solid floating effluent emerged from the tunnel. Martin took a video of the material and intends to have it analysed.

Further down we found a small eel swimming up the stream. In spote of the effluent the water must be fairly pure for the eel to be living there.

Cleared quite a lot of the stream and have to work on the Tradescantia in the next part of the waterway.

19 July 2015

Posted by pat on July 18, 2015 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Too wet this morning. Martin went down to see if any trees were down after the high winds.

12 July 2015

Posted by pat on July 13, 2015 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Freezing temperatures this morning.

More weeding on the Mini slope. Cleared it quite well. Martin and Pat then went looking for bush generated seedlings that can be kept over the summer to replant next winter. We also transplanted some that were able to be lifted in a clump and moved some Ti Toki from the carpark slope to the bank behind the Stadium. 

Pat took some seedlings home to nuture till they grow enough for planting out again.

July 5 2015

Posted by pat on July 10, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to Janet who joined us this morning volunteering for weeding.

We worked on a section left of the pathway. Docks are starting to grow and this is an area with https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/colleges/college-of-sciences/clinics-and-services/weeds-database/paspalum.cfm" target="_blank">Paspalum left in the soil from summer to summer. It makes so much difference to have another volunteer.

We have a covering weed that has turned up again. It is all over the mini slope and also the area we were weeding today.  Fortunately it comes out easily. It has this weird name  https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/colleges/college-of-sciences/clinics-and-services/weeds-database/scrambling-fumitory.cfm" target="_blank">Scrambling Fumitory

After clearing the area we showed Janet around our work area and around the valley. A good morning walk.

Tuis around near the bottom of the valley.

Big news from Ngake St. Pat has large Karaka trees on her property and this week a wood pigeon flew into the tree group. What a sight. Surely this means that as the Karaka grow up in the Valley we are very likely to see Wood Pidgeons populating the area in the near future.

June 1- 20 2015

Posted by pat on June 24, 2015 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Continued clearing up from the fallen tree and restoring the plants we could recover.

Stout stakes and ties are the secret plus a large piece of concrete to bang down the stake. Several of the smaller plants could be recovered from underneath the log of the Sycamore that is being left to rot down.Looks as though Roy's group has taken away most of the cut wood.

Former staked trees are still doing well. We have previously done a Puriri and a Lacebark in the area before the Mini slope.

On the Mini slope we found that debris had fallen on the  Whau we have been cossetting. Broke that up and cut the thicker parts for disposal.

Martin has been busy with family changes and a couple of weekends have been too wet to work. He was setting traps on the 20th in the time he had available.

May 9 - 30th 2015

Posted by pat on June 2, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Big surprise, couple of Sundays ago Martin and Pat went down to the bush on a cold and wet morning and found a huge sycamore had fallen right across the bank and had nearly reached the Stadium building. Our time was therefore spent cutting of the peripheral branches and rescuing the Manuka that had been squashed.  I think we have lost a couple of Lacebark and Ti trees.

Roy and others worked during the week to cut up the debris and clear the path. What an effort.

Could not be there on the 30th due to the rain so have to wait till next week to see what the damage is.

Planting has to start this month and we are thinking that seedlings in the bush may have to be the only source of new plants as we have not had the needed permissions to complete out funding application.