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  • Newsletter 73

    Newsletter published on: Apr 10, 2024

    New Kura / Shade Structure An Outdoor Education Area or Kura has been proposed for the Grovetown Lagoon. This concept has been willed into existence by volunteers, who love having school groups visit the lagoon, but there is nowhere for them to gather, shelter or for them to sit in comfort when learning about the lagoon.   The first impression of the new design will be of a disc-shaped structure supported on slender posts, like a halo. The.....

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  • Newsletter 72 March 2024

    Newsletter published on: Mar 7, 2024

    Native Plantings at Grovetown Lagoon As pictured above the success of the native plantings at the lagoon is evident. Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon (TWHGL) is very grateful to have the sponsorship of the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust (ICWT). ICWT has sponsored the native planting programme at the lagoon for 5 consecutive years. After meeting together at the lagoon in February (see the photograph below) Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust has committed to contributing $5,000 per annum for an.....

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  • Newsletter

    Newsletter published on: Jan 31, 2024

    Springs Wetland at Grovetown Lagoon   The beautiful image of Springs Wetland above shows how much the lagoon has changed over time and how well the plantings are going.  The image above was taken in December 2023. Please see the image below taken in 2015, note all the willows and also the two farm paddocks which volunteers began planting in 2016. The volunteers have planted at least 1000 trees a year since the photograph below, (some years a great number more). The photographs were taken.....

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  • Newsletter 70

    Newsletter published on: Dec 13, 2023

    Summer Plans at the Lagoon   The Lagoon looks beautiful thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers and supporters of the project. A big thank you to everyone for the support of Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon this year.   Come and join us at the Lagoon to celebrate World Wetland Day on Saturday the 3rd of February 2024, 9am. We will have a guided walk around the Lagoon follow by a free sausage sizzle.   A special thanks.....

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  • Newsletter 69

    Newsletter published on: Nov 8, 2023

    It’s a Long Long Road   The walking track around the outside of the lagoon was a pipe dream of the founding members of Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon project. Twenty years on the loop track is now well used, with up to 150 people using the track in the weekend on peak days.     There are still challenges to the volunteers of the project. One of the aims of the Society is to improve the access at the lagoon. This includes.....

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  • Newsletter 68

    Newsletter published on: Oct 3, 2023

    Spring at the Lagoon   Spring is a great time of year and it is especially beautiful down at the lagoon. Many bird species are present or have returned to the lagoon, the shags are building their nests, the royal spoonbills/kōtuku ngutupapa are back. There are also many chicks and juvenile birds.   Many plants are just starting to come into flower, see the photographs below taken at the lagoon this week. Some of the native plants have very small flowers, so careful.....

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  • Newsletter 67

    Newsletter published on: Sep 6, 2023

    Why Does Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon Exist?   Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon will, within the next 3 years, need to update its rules under the new Incorporated Societies Act 2022. I recently attended an excellent presentation on the new Act. The speaker - Peter Orpin - explained that all existing incorporated societies will need to re-register under the new Act. This will mean writing a new set of rules for the running of Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon Incorporated Society. In doing so,.....

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  • Newsletter 66

    Newsletter published on: Aug 8, 2023

    Kotoreke Marsh Crake Marsh crakes, kotoreke are small water birds that are rarely seen, however there is a pair at the lagoon. The marsh crake is one of the most secretive New Zealand birds, largely because it inhabits dense wetland vegetation, rarely ventures into the open and usually only calls at dawn or dusk and through the night. The upper parts of the crake’s body are rich chestnut-brown with flecks of black and white, the under parts are grey with black-and-white bars towards the flanks, the.....

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