Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Protect the parks from pest plants

Protect the parks from pest plants

22 March 2005

Auckland’s regional parks and natural areas are being strangled by pest plants escaping from private gardens.

More than 700 common garden pests are making their way into parks and reserves and the combined effect is threatening native bush. Many of these pests are harmful not just to the bush but to people.

The Auckland Regional Council is asking people to weed out pests in their backyards and grow native plants instead. They are even supplying free native plants to encourage people to make the change.

“Pest plants are taking over and, in some places, are strangling whole areas of bush,” ARC Parks and Heritage Committee Chair Sandra Coney said.

“By removing common pest plants and replacing them with natives, Aucklanders will start to develop a green corridor across the region. This will preserve our native bush and bring back more birds to the region. It’s all part of our Big Clean Up campaign.”

The ARC native plant giveaway days will be held in seven Auckland areas during April. They will be at Muriwai, Piha, Waiheke, Silverdale, Takapuna, Omana (near Whitford and Maraetai) and Manurewa. ARC staff will be on hand to give free advice on removing pest plants and planting with natives.

Everyone exchanging a pest cutting for a native at these venues goes into a draw to win a Dream Garden worth $3000 supported by The Warehouse, Perroplas One, Stone & Water World, Living Earth, Stevens and the Auckland Botanic Gardens. The garden prize includes a selection of native plants, stone birdbath, irrigation system and a qualified designer to help design the dream garden.

The ARC has information on its website www.arc.govt.nz/biosecurity and a free booklet Plant Me Instead for people wanting to know which pest plants to weed out and what natives to plant in their place. People can also ask an ARC expert to come and check their garden for pest plants and advise on which natives to plant instead by phoning 366 2000.


The native plant exchange days will be held from 8.30am to 12.30pm on:

2 April at Omana Regional Park car park, off the Whitford and Maraetai Road and at

Ostend Market car park, Waiheke Island

9 April at Kings Plant Barn, Silverdale (cnr East Coast Road and State Highway 1) and

Takapuna (11 Poana Road, Glenfield)

16 April The Domain, SeaView Road, Piha and

Muriwai Regional Park, Motutara Road, southern car park.

30 April (9.00am to 12.30 pm) at the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, Manurewa.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news