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Newsletter 72 March 2024

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 additional 5 years.


It was so positive to meet with ICWT who are undertaking inspirational conservation work with both flora and fauna. Their flora conservation efforts focus on a vast range of native vegetation across parts of the 1100 hectare ICWT site near Christchurch. The native planting projects include a focus on riparian planting of waterways that comprise a significant portion of the Ōtūkaikino waterway. Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust’s fauna conservation, working in close collaboration with the Department of Conservation, has a specialised captive breeding programme for endangered New Zealand native birds including Black Stilt/Kakī, Brown Teal/Pāteke, Orange-fronted Parakeet/Kākāriki Karaka, New Zealand Shore Plover/ Tūturuatu and Blue duck/Whio.


A big thank you to Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust for their generosity not just their financial sponsorship but also their support for our project, conservation enthusiasm and sharing.

Photograph above from left to right Rob Clarke ICWT Executive Chair, Tim Barton TWHGL Working Group Chair, Jeremy Dixon Isaac Construction Chief Executive, Justine Johnson TWHGL Coordinator, Antony Clark Simcox Construction Industries Manager.  

The New Road Ahead

Walking around the Grovetown Lagoon there is an area of the track that is not formed, the gravel pathway ends and changes to grass. This is a beautiful area of the lagoon leading to and then away from a large gum tree on the northern arm of the Lagoon, pictured below. There are views out over the Lagoon where you can see birdlife and the raupo borders of the lagoon. The good news is that Simcox Construction have committed to sponsoring the upgrade of this area of track to a formed gravel pathway. This is very exciting as this is the last area of the walkway to be formed and also the section of the track south of the Gum tree can be quite boggy and wet underfoot in Winter. Thank you to Simcox Construction for this generous donation, the works are valued at over $16,000. The track upgrade will make the path more weather resistant.


Would you like to be a member of Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon? Being a member will mean being an official part of the process and also voting on who is on the board of the Executive group. The new Incorporated Societies Act 2022 requires that we keep a register of members. If you would like to be a member then please email Justine Johnson johnsonmarlborough@gmail.com



Trap Lines

Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon have been trapping at the Lagoon since 2017 and as such some of our trap boxes are showing their age. The traps on the inside of the lagoon (on Otamawaho/Maori Island) have recently been upgraded. Now the group is planning to replace the trap boxes on the walking track around the outside of the Lagoon.



Sunday Working Bee

Come down to the Grovetown Lagoon on Sunday the 10th of March. Meeting 9.30am at the seat and sign on Steam Wharf Road. 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

Upcoming Lagoon Events


Working Bees

Sunday 10 of March

Meeting 9.30am at the seat and sign on Steam Wharf Road


Sunday 14 of April

Meeting at 9.30am at the Wairau Rowing Club on Steam Wharf Road


Working Group Meetings

Tuesday the 9th of April

3.30pm Meeting at MDC


May working group meeting to be confirmed.


Executive Meeting

Tuesday 14th of May

3pm at MDC


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