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Titiro Moana Road
Titiro Moana Rd

Puketirotiro
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Percy Scenic Reserve
Percy Scenic Reserve

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PLANT LIST

Download the updated Korokoro Valley & Belmont Regional Park Plant List.

 

LINKS TO ARTICLES

"Rope installed for fish to 'climb'."
Or click here to download a pdf of the article.

"Recycling in Korokoro is a go!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS & UPDATES

KEG October Meeting

Sunday 11th October, 3pm - Korokoro Playcentre

Our spring meeting will take place this Sunday 3pm at the Korokoro Playcentre.

GWRC councillor Josh van Lier will be speak about the Park Network Plan and future of Belmont Regional Park as well as other GWRC stuff from, electric buses to supporting wetlands.

We will discuss whether to make our own submission on the Park Network plan, including whether to support a proposed new trail into Belmont RP from the end of Titiro Moana Road. Other items:

Please let Daniel know if you want to add anything to the agenda.

KEG Meeting

Saturday 27th June, 4pm - Korokoro School Hall

We will be holding our first post-lockdown KEG meeting this Saturday in Korokoro School Hall. Note this will be at 4pm rather than the originally proposed time of 3pm.

Suggested agenda:

Please let Daniel know if you want to add anything. Hope to see you there.

Native Seedlings

Saturday 8th February

We have been given 200 manuka and 50 tarata/lemonwood seedlings that urgently need re-potting and planting.

Manuka and Tarata/Lemonwood Seedlings

Up for 20 for free but donation to KEG appreciated. If you would like any please Contact Daniel.

Galbraith’s Gully stream with Amanda Valois

Saturday 18th January

Freshwater scientist Amanda Valois of NIWA will be visiting Korokoro to carry out an assessment of the health of the Galbraith’s Gully stream.

We will be meeting Amanda at 11am at the London Road entry to Galbraith’s Gully (car-park at the bottom of London Road and Korokoro Road) to walk a bit of the stream before going with her up to the Akatea Road entry to the Holdaway Reserve in order to take a look at the stream before it enters the Gully. We are likely to finish at around 12 noon and, time permitting, may have a cup of tea.

Amanda’s visit has been organised by KEG but discussed with HCC officers and Te Atiawa kaumatua. Anyone is welcome come along. Please drop Daniel a line if you are interested in joining us.

KEG AGM

Sunday 8th December, 3pm - 107A Maungaraki Road

Important: day is Sunday and time is 3pm not 2pm as previously advertised.

Agenda:

  1. End of year reports
  2. Accounts (may have to be deferred if Jenny still overseas)
  3. Election of officers for 2020
  4. Review of 2019 actions
  5. Events and proposed actions for 2020
  6. Discussion of 70 Maungaraki Road Development

Discussion of the 70 Maungaraki Road Development arises out of a meeting with the developers, Cutriss, that took place a few weeks back.

Traps

We are down to our last 5 rat traps. We will making/buying more in the next few months but if you would like to grab one of the current batch please contact Daniel.

Friends of the Belmont Regional Park Meeting

Thursday 14th November, 7pm - The Woolshed, Belmont Regional Park entrance at the end of Stratton Street

This Thursday evening there will be a meeting of Friends of the Belmont Regional Park. KEG members are welcome to go along to talk about the future of the Park.

Bird Monitoring in Korokoro

1st-14th November

At our last meeting Danielle from Zealandia talked to us about the importance (and simplicity) of helping build up a picture of the bird life in the western hills through annual monitoring.

This involves noting the number and species of the birds we see or hear in and around our gardens in a 5 minute period. Those who are taking part can select a day and time that suits them, but we will be doing the monitoring between 1st and 14th November.

We will record the results on ebird and will then repeat the exercise around the same time next year.

So, it would be great if as many people as possible could take part.

Danielle has drawn up some guidelines. These explain how to take part and how to record the findings (either directly into ebird or by sending them to her).

If you have queries about the monitor or about bird life in Korokoro more generally, please contact Danielle (see the PDF linked to above for her email address).

Meeting with developers re 70 Maungaraki Road Development

Saturday 9th November, 2pm - Korokoro School Hall

Cutriss, the developers of the proposed development at 70 Maungaraki Road, have agreed to meet with local people to present details of the development and then open up for comments and questions.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please drop Julie a line with any queries about the meeting or the proposed development.

KEG Meeting

Sunday 27th October, 3pm - 107A Maungaraki Road

Our next meeting will take place this Sunday. Danielle Shanahan, Zealandia Director (and Korokoro resident) will talk to us about biodiversity in the Wellington region and monitoring the bird life in Korokoro.

Also for discussion:

Korokoro Local Election Meeting

Tuesday 1st October, 7pm - Korokoro School

This will be an opportunity for Korokoro residents to meet and ask questions of candidates for Mayoralty, Hutt City Council (Harbour Ward and City Wide) and GWRC.

KEG September Update

Spring Planting

Thank you to all those who helped with planting at the Stream and the end of Titiro Moana Road. There are now a few posters up at the stream and the artist, Kedron, is working towards a permanent installation.

Rat traps

Last week the Korokoro cubs were building rat traps, a few of which have already been put to good use. For those who still need a trap please let us know.

If you do not feel like entering kills on the trapNZ site, drop us a line and we will enter them.

Korokoro Clean-up Working Bee

Sunday 7th July

Belmont Regional Park

We will be doing a Korokoro clean-up on Sunday 7th July - please meet at the play centre at 2pm. We are asking for volunteers to come and help clear up litter from some of the hot-spots and also to help clear the tradescantia that, following some clearance some years ago, has started to creep back into the reserves. The Council has agreed to take away what we clear and bag.

Please bring your own gloves. Get in touch with Daniel if you have any queries.

Report from KEG May meeting

Sunday 12th May

Belmont Regional Park

At our May meeting we had a lively discussion about the future of Belmont Regional Park with Quentin Duthie of the Hill Road Community Group and Peter Macham of Friends of the Belmont Regional Park. When the draft Parks Network Plan is published, we will develop some submissions.

In the meantime, KEG will join the Friends of Belmont Regional Park in order to keep updated with developments and better participate in the debates.

Preparing for local body elections

At the meeting we agreed to draft some questions to send to candidates for this year’s local body elections (once those candidates are announced). When the responses come in, we will put them on the KEG website. We will also hold a hustings meeting during the election period in which we will invite candidates to come along and discuss the issues that matter in Korokoro.

Those who have received the Korokoro newsletter will have seen that we have drafted some questions that we will forward to local body candidates. If you would like to suggest any additions or amendments, please drop Julie a line. We would like to send the questions in August.

Trapping in Korokoro

If you would like a victor rat-trap please. It would also be great if those who are already trapping could let us know about any kills, so that we can enter them on the trapNZ website.

Hutt City Council Climate Emergency Declaration

Hutt City Council is likely to be considering whether to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency at its next meeting on 27th June. The Petone Community Board will also be discussing the issue on Monday 24 June so that the views of Petone and Korokoro residents can be forwarded by the Board to Council.

It would be great if those who wish to show their support for the declaration provide their views to the Mayor, Councillors or the Community Board in advance of those meetings. One way to show support would simply be to attend Council on the 27 June 6pm.

In line with KEG's longstanding concerns about biodiversity in Korokoro and Lower Hutt, we are likely to be making some submissions in support of the Council making such a declaration to the Petone Community Board.

Please let Daniel know if you would like further information about this.

Inanga egg hunt at Korokoro Stream

Saturday 13th April, 3:30pm

Sarah Kachwella of Whitebait Connection, will be coming to the section of the Korokoro Stream that we have been planting, to talk about the life of the stream and to help us search for the Inanga eggs that we hope have been laid (and not washed away in the recent rains.)

It would be great to have a group of volunteers to help with the hunt and learn more about our local freshwater fish, so please come along if you're interested.

We will begin at 3.30pm, to get the best of the low tide and light conditions. Wear gumboots. Children welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Inanga Love Park

Meet at Inanga Love Park on the banks of the lower reaches of the Korokoro Stream, between the railway bridge and the Hutt Road.

Drop Daniel a line if you have any questions.

154 Bus Service

November 2018

If you commute into Wellington on the train and have a monthly pass, you can now ride the 154 bus service up and down the hill for free - just show your pass to the driver. (This isn't specific to the 154 service, you can ride most metlink services from zone 4 to the outer zone on your pass for free - see "MonthlyPlus pass - includes your train and bus trips").

154 bus

Some more handy 154 tips:

November Pest Monitoring

November 2018

Paul is currently organising the November pest monitoring in Belmont Park. If you would like to take part please drop him a line at tomtomsafc@yahoo.co.nz

Animal Pest Management Information Session

Sunday, 28th October 2018, 2.30-4.00, Korokoro School Hall

Bruce Brewer, Animal Pest Control Officer from GWRC will be talking about and displaying some pest management options.

Stuart Reid from Predator Free Normandale will be telling us about their experience of trapping on the hills.

We will also be selling safe and effective traps at half-cost-price ($10.00 per trap, one per Korokoro resident or school family household). These traps are recommended by Hutt City Council/DOC, and have information about how to use them safely. (Please bring cash).

Contact Julie for more information about this meeting.

Report from Working Bee at Korokoro Stream

Sunday, September 30th 2018

Thanks to all those who helped out our third working bee at Inanga Love Park on the banks of the lower reaches of the Korokoro Stream, and thanks also to Riba from Hutt City Council for all her support.

Inanga Love Park

Plenty of weeding, mulching and planting went on. Photos to follow.

Great Kereru Count

September 21st-30th 2018

The Great Kererū Count is NZ’s biggest citizen science project to help gather information on the abundance and distribution of the New Zealand pigeon — also known as kererū, kūkū or kūkupa.

Everyone in New Zealand can get involved with the Great Kererū Count, whether you see any kererū or not, sharing your observations will help build up a clearer picture of where the kererū live, how many there are and what they are feeding on.

See www.greatkererucount.nz for details.

Petone Railway Corridor Clean Up and Planting

Sunday, September 23rd 2018

The Growing Places Trust and Keep Hutt City Beautiful are organizing cleaning and planting of the railway corridor. Starting at 10am at the Petone Station Platform. Finishing with lunch at Walter Nash Centre 12–1 pm.

Bring yourself, friends, family aged 11+ wearing closed-toe sturdy footwear and trousers. If you have gardening gloves or high viz-vest, please bring them, but there will be spares.

Hutt Valley-Wellington Whaitua Committee

August, 2018

GWRC are now recruiting community members for the Hutt Valley-Wellington Whaitua Committee. Their website describes the remit of the committee in the following terms:

The Hutt Valley-Wellington Whaitua Committee, will be a group of local people tasked with researching and recommending tailored solutions for water issues in the catchment. Encompassing Hutt Valley, Makara, Wainuiomata, and Wellington City, the catchment is large and home to diverse communities with unique relationships to water. The committee will need public input to ensure the solutions they develop are going to work for our environment and all of those who call the whaitua home.

So if you or someone you know who is passionate about safeguarding and restoring our waterways you may want to consider applying. There is plenty of information about what being a committee member would involve on the GWRC website. However, if you would like more of a personal perspective then contact Daniel who can put you in touch with a member of the Porirua Committee, which has been up and running for a couple of years.

See the GWRC website for details of how to apply. Applications close 4th September.

Petone-to-Grenada Update

August, 2018

NZTA have issued an update on the proposed road.

Report from Working Bee at Inanga Love Park

Sunday 5th August, 2018

Inanga Love Park is where the Korokoro Stream passes under SH2 and the railway before entering the harbour.

Inanga Love Park

Many thanks to those who came and helped at our working bee. We did a lot of weeding and some planting. The following weekend our friends from the Growing Places Trust went back and did some more planting.

We now need to plan a further working bee to paint the new mural, weed further and plant the additional plants that the Council are providing. After that we will have to sort out a regular schedule of light management in order to keep the weeds at bay.

154 Bus Service

July, 2018

Korokoro now has a bus service on Saturdays! The 154 bus service now runs 12 times on Saturday at hourly intervals.

154 bus

Some handy 154 tips:

KEG Meeting

1st July, 2018

A KEG meeting was held on Sunday 1st July. Read the minutes for details of what was discussed.

Hutt City Council Long Term Plan

May 2018

Hutt City recently ran a consultation on its Long Term Plan for 2018–2028. Julie presented our submissions to the Mayor and Councillors at a public meeting in the Council Chambers on 16th May 2018.

School garden

May 2018

Thanks to the team of volunteers who have been helping to get the school garden in order. We held a working bee in late May to do some work on the new beds and put up a shade-house.

Second working bee at Korokoro Stream

May 2018

Thanks for all those who have volunteered for this second working bee on the stream. A slight delay in sourcing new plants has meant that we have put this off until early June.

May pest monitoring

May 2018

Paul will be out this weekend with the team of volunteers, helping monitor mustelid, rodent and hedgehog numbers in Korokoro Valley. GWRC’s reports on the May pest monitoring in the region’s Key Native Ecosystems will go on up on the website when it is received.

Community Bee Hives in Korokoro

May 2018

Lower Hutt Charity, the Common Unity Project, have agreed to come up to Korokoro in the next couple of weeks to check out a couple of sites to see if they are suitable for communal bee hives. In the event that they report on suitable sites we will discuss whether to support the Project and host the hives at the next KEG meeting.

The latest threat to Korokoro Valley from the Petone-to-Grenada Road

April 2018

Before Christmas the latest NZTA evaluation into the P2G was published. Following the Kaikoura and Wellington earthquakes the evaluation report looked at resilience and the expected costs, benefits and environmental impacts. The project evaluation queried the resilience of the preferred option and suggested that costs would be much higher than first anticipated. It also highlighted that the environmental impacts could be difficult to mitigate. The good news is that the evaluation recommends abandoning the current route; the bad news is it recommends consideration of discarded options including that of using the Korokoro Valley as a route.

KEG wrote to Minister Twyford in mid January 2018. We advocated that NZTA be steered towards more sustainable options, saying that there were good alternative ways of improving connectivity and calling on the minister to replace the discredited approach of tackling congestion through increased roading with a strategy that focusses on intelligent public and haulage transport, improved facilities for cycling and walking and public planning to reduce car use across the region. In early April the Minister responded.

We encourage you to actively oppose building a road through the Korokoro Valley.

Nets for Recycling Bins

April 2018

As we head further into autumn we face the prospect of rubbish being blown all over Korokoro from open recycling bins. The solution is for as many people as possible to use the nets which go over the bins.

Full recycling box with net

The Council have kindly provided us with lots of nets, at a reduced rate. If you or your neighbours need any please contact Daniel Jones and we will drop some round. (A contribution of $5 per net to help us cover our costs would be appreciated).

Working Bee at Korokoro Steam

April 2018

Volunteers from KEG, with help from the Growing Places charity, spent the afternoon of Sunday 1st April weeding, planting and tidying at Inanga Love Park, at the mouth of the Korokoro Stream.

Working bee group photo

The Inanga Love Park was part of 2016 Common Ground Festival. It involved restoring the unloved section of the Stream between the culvert and the sea by removing the rubbish, establishing plant-cover to help spawning native fish and creating a series of posters about the stream and its ecology.

The original plants did not thrive over the long, hot summer and the posters were starting to look tatty. So, we have cleared some weeds, done some more planting and taken the posters down.

New posters are being created. Once they are ready we will put them up and continue with the planting.

Korokoro School Gala Fair

March 2018

KEG had a stall at this year’s school gala to help raise money for the school, but we also helped reduce the waste created by the gala itself by organising compost and recycling bins and provide stall holders with suggestions for reusable/recyclable products and packaging.

With plenty of people using the bins and a reduction in the use of plastics and clingfilm this was a big step in the right direction. It was not ‘zero waste’ but we now have enough know-how to help Home and School run a genuine zero waste event next time round.

Pest Monitoring Report

February 2018

Four times each year KEG volunteers check pest monitoring tunnels in the Korokoro Valley and report results to Greater Wellington Regional Council. Korokoro Valley has been identified as one of several Key Native Ecosystems (KNE) in the Wellington Region.

The Key Native Ecosystem programme aims to protect some of the best examples of native ecosystems in the Wellington region. It is working to achieve this by managing, reducing, or removing threats to their values. One of the primary threats to native plants and animals is introduced mammals, including rats and mustelids. Control of these pest animals is therefore undertaken at most KNE sites throughout the region. Regular monitoring is carried out to determine the effectiveness of these control efforts.

The latest pest monitoring event was in February. For Belmont-Korokoro that showed that rat tracking rates were on target, mice tracking was low, mustelid tracking was absent, but Hedgehogs were up by 33%. For more details, read the latest small mammal monitoring report.

KEG Meeting

28th January, 2018

A meeting about P2G and other matters was held at the end of January. Read the minutes for this meeting for more details.

AGM

3rd December, 2017

The KEG AGM was held on 3rd December. The new committee is:

Thanks to the retiring committee members for their service.

The full minutes are available from this website.