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Newsletter 73

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 new structure will be a place for small groups of people to gather. The structure will provide a focus and meeting place for visitors to the Lagoon. It will be a shelter, primarily from the sun, and secondly from light rain. There will be seating for 30 children or 20 adults with views of the waters of the lagoon to the east. The site is just over the first new bridge, Te Arohata Ngahere Nui, so will have close access to the toilet and car park.


The outdoor classroom will be both an educational and community facility. The structure is almost all steel, with timber seats. The four tall slender pillars support a framed circular shade sail. The floor beneath the halo will be gravel chip. The project is currently in the initial planning stages, further information will be provided as the project unfolds. If you have any feedback or questions then contact details are at the end of the newsletter.

Weed Control with Native Restorations

Even though it is very dry, the Lagoon plants are still experiencing good growth rates, this is great but unfortunately the weeds are also growing well. This month, a team of six led by Terry Stewart from Native Restorations donated a day’s work, controlling weeds and climbers at the Lagoon. Tim Barton, the working group chairperson, worked alongside them. For the most part the team climbed under established native trees, cut the stems of the climber plants and applied herbicide gel to Old Mans Beard, Great Bindweed, Grapevines and Climbing Rose. They felled and gelled hawthorn trees and broom. Native Restorations are very familiar with this sort of work and put in a hard day’s labour. A big thank you to Native Restorations for their very kind donation to support the Grovetown Lagoon project.

Click this button to link to Native Restorations


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 - Notes from Tim Barton

There was an interesting catch over the Easter break, two stoats, a rat and rabbit on line A/C (the walk around the outside of the Lagoon). The stoats are interesting as we have caught hardly any recently. They are accomplished killers and high on the list of the target species.

Working Bees


Sunday Working Bee

Come down to the Grovetown Lagoon on Sunday the 14th of April. 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.

A big thank you to the March Sunday Working Bee, we had a great turn out  and a good morning’s work releasing plants from the weeds.


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 14 of April

Meeting at 9.30am at the Seat and Sign on Steam Wharf Road


Sunday 12 of May

Steam Wharf Road


Working Group Meetings

Tuesday the 7th of May

3.30pm at the Marlborough District Library


Executive Meeting

Tuesday 14th of May

3pm at Marlborough District Council


Upcoming Local Events


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

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