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Newsletter 69

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 making the track weather resilient and more usable in wet weather conditions.


There is an area of the track around the outside of the lagoon which is unformed. This area, shown in the red square of the aerial photograph below, is mown grass which can be boggy. Upgrading track to gravel can be expensive, with this area quoted at $8,000. Fortunately the Society has been successful in a funding application and will receive $4,000 towards upgrading the track from the Marlborough District Council Community Grants.


Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon is looking forward to getting this area upgraded next year in the drier months, ready for improved access next winter. Another dream of the Society is to upgrade an area of the track for limited mobility users to make part of the Lagoon more accessible for all.




Pied stilt/Poaka are at the Lagoon (above) but they live in all kinds of wetlands from brackish estuaries and saltmarshes to freshwater lakes, swamps and braided rivers. They feed in shallow water or mud and roost in shallow water or on banks or sandbanks. After the breeding season, birds migrate from inland locations towards more northerly coastal locations. New Zealand Birds Online Website (November, 2023) The digital encyclopedia of birds. https://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/pied-stilt



In the last Newsletter we thanked the Mens shed for the 15 new traps that they made for the trapping program at the lagoon. The new traps will replace the traps that are in “Trap Line B” on Otamawaho (Maori Island). The idea with the project is that people will use the walking track around the outside of the lagoon and the nesting birds will be away from people and hopefully predators on the island, Otamawaho. The old traps will be collected up, serviced and then redeployed back into action.


Thank you to Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust for their ongoing support of Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon. Rob Clarke from Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust is pictured beside Tim Barton in the photograph along side. Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust has supported Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon for five years now specifically supporting our planting program.


Sunday Working Bee

Come down to the Grovetown Lagoon on Sunday the 12th of November and join us for the last working bee of 2023. Meeting 9.30am at the Rowing Club. We will be working from 9.30 to 11.30am followed by a cup of tea and BBQ. Thanks to Meaters of Marlborough for providing the sausages.


Wednesday (and/or Thursday) Wetland Warriors
Looking for something to do that involves lots of fresh air? Wetland Warriors - weeding, planting and caring for plants at the Lagoon every Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am. Or potting up in the shade house Thursday from 1pm to 3pm at the Grovetown School.
Contact Person is Rosanne Anderson  rosanne.anderson@gmail.com

Lagoon Events for 2023


Working Bee

Sunday 12 of November

Meeting 9.30 at the Wairau Rowing Club


Executive Meeting

Wednesday 29 November

Meeting 3pm at Council


Next Year

We would like to Celebrate World Wetland Day in February. More details in the next Newsletter.


Tentative Dates for 2024

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Contact Details
Newsletter written by
Justine Johnson – Coordinator
Phone 03 5795732

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