September 2019 Newsletter
September 2019 Newsletter
There were 3 water taxi volunteer days during September involving 17 adult volunteers and 6 regulars during the week and 11 regulars on a Sunday. 370 trees were planted.
The next volunteer days are: The Motuihe wharf is presently closed for repairs/upgrade with no dates of when it will be back in use. Therefore all volunteers will need to land at beaches by water taxi or private boats. Water taxi trips are being arranged for groups of less than 11 passengers on an ad hoc basis. If you would like to volunteer please register your interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wharf and House update
The temporary buildings to replace the house have not been ordered as DoC are awaiting approval from Wellington.
Motuihe Ranger Resigns
Photo by John MacKenzie
Problems with the wharf reported in 1930! It is interesting that the letter says "camps". I had always imagined the Health Camp on Motuihe to be similar to the Health Camp at Pakuranga. A permanent camp with permanent staff and children coming and going as their needs required. It seems there were several camps on Motuihe during the year so they came, set up, had the camp then left a bit like a school camp.
Children at the Sunshine Health Camp. They do look very thin.
The AED (defibrillator) has been attached to the front wall of the toilet block. Emergency services have been notified and the code for the box is C2017. If you cannot remember the code, dial 111 and give your location and the operator will give you the code.
This recent photo of kakabeak in the wild on Motuihe shows them dripping with blossom.
photo by John MacKenzie
AUT Volunteering Expo
The reality of landing on an island without an operating wharf. Fortunately a perfect day.
Friday 13 September Westpac water taxi trip
Alighting at the block the team was soon in-fill planting between the Ranger's house and the nursery. 15 Mahoe, 15 Puriri, 10 Kowhai, 10 Karaka, 10 Houpara, 10 Taraire and a few Totara are now safely in the ground. Morning tea, as the day warmed up, was followed by a general tidy up of the plastic sheeting in the nursery and then a seed and Tuatara hunt led by Phil. This met with mixed results but did give the volunteers a good view of the island and the work of the Trust.
A small weeding expedition picked off a few woolies and mothplant from the trig point down to Taraire and then above the extension track. Lunch was a nursery BBQ followed by some weeding of Kahikatea seedlings. There was still time for a two sack beach clean of wharf beach before an Ocean Beach landing taxi ride back, all safe and sound. A lovely day of pleasant spring weather, as ordained from on high.
Friday 20th September Water Taxi Westpac Trip
Sunday 22nd September Leaders' Work Group
Stuart and Wes spraying the Tieke Track. The third member of the team was the photographer, Lois. Keeping this premier track in good condition is a vital part of the island maintenance.
Stuart and Denise sand the kiosk floor. As you can see, no machines in action here!