Friends of Pourewa Valley

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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August - 30 October 2016

Posted by pat on October 28, 2016 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We have worked our way around the various blocks to weed and clear as the spring brings rapid growth of weeds in all our established areas.


Keith seems to have left us and we thank him for the time he gave us.


Derek and Pat have pulled, heaved and conquered various blocks ot docks, grasses and sprouting paspallum, a new weed bag has been filled on the min i slope.


Martin has been having a break during the last two weeks but prior to that was also conquering weeds as they take over the various areas we have cleared this year. We have concentrated on the mini slope and the Honeysuckle slope where Derek did so much work.  The bank behind the stadium has to be next as well as the lower bank on the left of the path.


Growth has been good this spring for the planted items and we see the areas slowly being filled with vegetation.

June 26 - August 14th 2016

Posted by pat on August 14, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Now that Keith has joined us, the guys are making a real difference to plant pest areas.  The guys cut and slash at Gorse and Honeysuckle and Pat weeds and pulls out docks. If they are pulled early then they do not grow to 6 foot.


Derek, Martin and Keith have been attacking the gorse at the top of the Honeysuckle bank. They have made a real incursion into the growth. We have also had a hard time propping up a couple of Kanuka that are directly in the path of strong winds. I think Derek has fixed it for now.  Very wet soil contrubuted to the way the plants moved and sagged.


One week in July we helped Roy relocate plants from his area and CVNZ came to give us some time that week and replanted them in the M11 block.


Some Sundays were too wet to venture into to the valley but the most time was spent on maintenance. This is the time of the year when weeds are taking off.

May 22 - June 19 2016

Posted by pat on June 19, 2016 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Ongoing work on Derek's Slope. Martin and Derek did the hard bits cutting down the honeysuckle and gorse and carting it down the slope to the residue pile, and Pat did weeding  at the bottom of the slope. A huge pile of drying material at the bottom of the slope.


A blitz was made on emerging gorse seedlings. There suddenly seems to be a lot around.


Keith, a visitor from Canada came to help on the 5th June. Having 3 men on the honeysuckle slope made such a difference. Keith spent the next two weeks planting at Motatapu.


Martin and Pat inspected the area for fallen branches after high winds in the beginning of June.


Sel and Melissa have been helping in the areas infested with Tradescantia.

April 24 - May 15 2016

Posted by pat on May 14, 2016 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Very heavy duty work happening. Derek transported on his back, all the ginger he had dug, up to the tool area then took it away gradually in an old wheelie bin.


Martin has been away in Australia for his job so while he has been away Pat and Derek have been digging gorse and paspalum out of the path dividing the upper and lower valley.  Derek has done most of the work Pat has dug out paspalum on the bottom ot the bank and created piles. It is so interesting that gorse seeds are dormant in the soil.


The previous week we cleaned up the area below the stadium bank and weeded the growth in that area. The plants think it is spring and are growing accordingly. Onion weed everywhere.

April 3 - 17 2016

Posted by pat on April 19, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Really heavy attack on the area below the stadium bank. Melissa and Sel joined us to do a special Tradescantia blitz. Derek is being very good with Tradescantia as well.

The weeding on the bank also proceeds. Many bags of weeds removed.  It is never ending.

As Abdul has been stopped from weed eating in the area the bottom flood plain is looking like a weed jungle. We may have to purchase a weed eater if we can and do it ourselves.

Unable to weed on the 17th, very welcome rain.

27 February - 27 March 2016

Posted by pat on March 29, 2016 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

More of the same. All of us weeded on the left of the track below the Stadium.  The whole area infested with paspalum.  Huge clumps needing digging out. Derek and Martin went for it like crazy. Pat did what she could. We found and filled a large weedbag. Martin had to leave a little early and just as well because it is still so hot we were drenched.


Derek has dug out bags and bags of ginger root from his Honeysuckle area.


Pat and Martin have been clearing and weeding a little further along from the first site Martin and Derek cleared of Honeysuckle. Dense creepers, mainly Morning Glory, covered dead trees were cut down by Martin and Derek while Pat cheered them on. As the weeds are smaller, being regrowth, we can see any seedlings growing and Mark them.


We walked around the whole area with Roy and found that Abdul has been stopped from mowing the walkways. This week we found out what that really means. Huge growth of Paspalum in the main dividing walkway at the top of the Honeysuckle area.  Hard to know if we should try and buy a petrol driven weed-eater or just cut it down by hand and plant it up.


The Whau on the mini slope has grown really well. The council has contributed a little money this week so perhaps we can get more Whau in this winter.  The bad paspalum area could perhaps be planted up with Whau.


We may have a new volunteer coming along next Sunday.

2016 January 24 to February 21

Posted by pat on February 20, 2016 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Not a lot happening this month because of the heat and things happening to the team.


Martin handed over the trapping management as he is so busy at work.

2016 January 1 to January 17th

Posted by pat on January 17, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Slow easing into the new year.  Last week we walked around looking for any damage incurred over the summer. We went down as far as the harbour inlet/stream and found a couple of spots that need a bit of clearing. Derek is very good with his saw. We found a very odd noise in a tree at the edge of the inlet. It was not a cicada and seemed too regular to be an insect. Martin took a sound recording of it and is looking for answers to the mystery.


Last Sunday Martin brought his before and after folio and took photos from all the same spots and angles. It is astounding how much the plantings have grown and how different the vista looks from the various vantage points since we started the project in 2006/7/.


Martin and Derek then went on to the bottom of the valley again and Martin took the best photos of Fantails and a Morepork. Astonishing to have a Morepork visible during the day.  We will put up Martin's photos when Pat finds out how to do it.


November 22 - December 13 2015

Posted by pat on December 12, 2015 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Very vigorous work on the Honeysuckle block over this period. Derek and Martin have been working like supermen. Last week we  weeded  the bank behind the Stadium first and then adjoined to the Honeysuckle block.


Today Martin is trapping so less manpower applied to the Honeysuckle block. Derek will probably be back there this morning. Having Derek contribute  his time has made a huge difference.

November 8 to 15, 2015

Posted by pat on November 21, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Derek has a very good chain saw. We noticed the Lacebark that had been squashed by last year's falling Sycamore, was sprouting. It was caught right under the fallen tree. Derek kindly cut the fallen trunk back to a place where we could  stand the Lacebark up and support it with pieces of cut logs. It seems to be doing well and the rain last night will be a real help.


We emptied the weed bag at that same place and weeded and cleaned up the area. The soil was carted  around to the Mini slope for summer mulch. Last week we reinforced that with mulch from outside the stadium. A number of borrow loads of mulch were walked down and distributed.


Martin spent time on trapping matters and Pat and Derek finished up the mulching and weeding on the mini slope. Derek is keen to get back to the Honeysuckle so this will probably happen today.

1 November 2015

Posted by pat on November 2, 2015 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This is Derek's report to Marting of the activity last Sundayt. Martin was running the marathon.


"Pat & I had a productive day, we cleared more of the Japanese honeysuckle - we're starting to make some headway along this bank! next week i'll bring the chainsaw and clear some of that Poplar that fell and crushed a native you guys planted. Pat pointed out it was still alive underneath."


Derek did the most amazing work. All Pat did was haul cut bits up the bank and pile them up. Derek cut down a young Hawthorne which had the most astonishing coil of Honeysuckle round it. Must have been there for many years strangling the tree. However, the Hawthorne is so hardy it had grown out the top albeit straggily.


At the bottome of the slope we piled cut Honeysuckle and ginger into a hole then Derek jumped straight into the hole to push it down.  Very physical morning.

1 November 2015

Posted by pat on November 2, 2015 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This is Derek's report to Martin of the activity last Sunday. Martin was running the marathon.


"Pat & I had a productive day, we cleared more of the Japanese honeysuckle - we're starting to make some headway along this bank! next week i'll bring the chainsaw and clear some of that Poplar that fell and crushed a native you guys planted. Pat pointed out it was still alive underneath."


Derek did the most amazing work. All Pat did was haul cut bits up the bank and pile them up. Derek cut down a young Hawthorne which had the most astonishing coil of Honeysuckle round it. Must have been there for many years strangling the tree. However, the Hawthorne is so hardy it had grown out the top albeit straggily.


At the bottom of the slope we piled cut Honeysuckle and ginger into a hole then Derek jumped straight into the hole to push it down.  Very physical morning.

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!"



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