Past events

Events in and around Te Pahu 2014:
Annual planting day – Sunday 31st August 2014.  Meet 9am at the Kaniwhaniwha Reserve.

The farm discussion group and landcare group are having a discussion day on Wednesday 23rd April 2014 at Rick and Doneghue’s farm, Arthur Road.  Covering such topics as rearing replacements and Riparian planting. The Landcare group, Waikato Regional Council and DairyNZ will have expert and experienced people available to answer your questions.  Please RSVP to Nardene for catering purposes.  Phone 825 9112 or email:

Events in and around Te Pahu 2013:

Waikato Botanical Society report- Karamu Bush Reserve, Te Pahu
, Saturday 12th October 2013
Our visit to Karamu Bush was unfortunately limited on the day by very high water levels in the adjacent stream. But still a hardy few turned out disregarding thunderstorms over Hamilton, and the rain did hold off while we botanised. We were only able to access the fenced reserve edge and the higher ground of a small peninsula within a stream bend. The canopy within the reserve consists mainly of totara, including some very large multi-stemmed individuals, intermingled with kahikatea, ribbonwood, kowhai, tanekaha, pokaka, miro and matai. A subcanopy is formed by mahoe, cabbage trees, lacebark, swamp mahoe and pigeonwood. A single large black maire tree remains leaning over the stream and was unfortunately inaccessible on this visit. Interestingly, on the high ground we found a diversity of native understorey species while in contrast it has been noted on other visits that the flooded areas are predominantly a thick carpet of Tradescantia flumenensis. Some introduced hawthorn, Jerusalem cherry and native karamu have grown through the Tradescantia ~0.5m thick mat but little else has established on the floodplain which in flood becomes inundated up to nearly 2m deep in places. The higher ground was thick with understorey shrubs, predominantly native, including mahoe, mapou, kawakawa, Leucopogon, several small-leaved Coprosma species and Melicope simplex. A few native sedges (Carex) and grasses were found and the native vines pohuehue and Parsonsia, some large specimens of the latter grow up into the canopy. Epiphytes are present, particularly in the large totara, although the wet conditions were not ideal for canopy survey. Some epiphytic Drymoanthus orchids growing on the reserve edge provided some photographic interest growing amongst ferns, Astelia and Collospermum.
We discussed that a strategy for weed control could be to work outwards from the high ground, rolling back Tradescantia and allowing native seedlings to establish from the existing understorey. The hawthorn subcanopy trees on the floodplain could be removed along with several privet shrubs and the Jerusalem cherry on the high ground.

Karamu Bush Reserve species list:

Trees, shrubs and vines

Alectryon excelsus titoki
Berberis sp.* barberry
Coprosma arborea mamangi
Coprosma areolata
Coprosma areolata
Coprosma rigida
Coprosma robusta karamu
Coprosma tenucaulis
Cordyline australis ti kouka, cabbage tree
Dacrycarpus dacrydioides kahikatea
Elaeocarpus hookerianus pokaka
Hedycarya arborea porokaiwhiri, pigeonwood
Hoheria populnea houhere, lacebark
Kunzea ericoides kanuka
Leucopogon fasciculatus mingimingi
Ligustrum lucida* tree privet
Ligustrum sinense* Chinese privet
Lonicera japonica* Japanese honeysuckle
Macropiper excelsum kawakawa
Melicope simplex poataniwha
Melicytus micranthus swamp mahoe
Melicytus ramiflorus mahoe
Muehlenbeckia australis pohuehue
Myrsine australis mapou, red matipo
Nestegis cunninghamii black maire
Parsonsia heterophylla native jasmine
Phyllocladus trichomanoides tanekaha, celery pine
Pittosporum eugenioides tarata, lemonwood
Plagianthus regius manatu, ribbonwood
Podocarpus totara totara
Prumnopitys ferruginea miro
Prumnopitys taxifolia matai
Rubus fruticosa* blackberry
Sophora microphylla kowhai

Herbs, sedges and grasses

Carex secta
Carex virgata
Microlaena stipoides
Solanum pseudocapsicum* Jerusalem cherry
Tradescantia flumenensis* wandering willie


Anarthropteris lanceolata
Asplenium flaccidum hanging spleenwort
Astelia solandri perching lily
Collospermum hastatum
Drymoanthus adversus
Earina mucronata bamboo orchid
Microsorum pustulatum hounds tongue
Pyrrosia eleagnifolia leather-leaf fern

*Denotes non-native species

Working bees to release plants corner of Smith and Te Pahu roads:

Friday 17 May  1.00pm and Saturday 18 May 10.00am
Nikau Walkway planting Conservation Week 2013:   Sunday 8 September

Events in and around Te Pahu 2012:

Thank you to everyone who came along on Sunday 9th September 2012 for planting along the Kaniwhaniwha Stream on the 1st Day of Conservation Week this year.  We planted over 1 000 trees in the rain, hail, thunder and lightening (and sunshine)!

Thanks to everyone who helped with the annual Nikau Walkway planting day on Saturday 10th September 2011:  1 000 plants were planted!
 Thanks to all the hardy souls who braved the rain and attended our 10 year celebration on Sunday 11th September 2011.  The plants loved the rain!  Here are some pics from the day (thanks to Wayne H):

Many people enjoyed the family friendly bike ride to the campsite in the rain…

some members of the Apron Strings supporting the Big Muffin Serious Band

Events in and around Te Pahu 2011:
Working bees to release plants corner of Smith and Te Pahu roads
31st July, 29th October and 27th November
10am meet at Grove Road
Clearing Day at Karamu bush concentrating on privet, Jerusalem cherry and other pest plants in the area previously worked on Saturday 14th May, meet on Grove Road Saturday and Sunday 10/11 September Nikau Walkway Planting (Sat) and celebration of the re-development of the picnic area and the 10th anniversary of planting (Sun)

Events in and around Te Pahu 2010

Sunday 30th May Planting day at Smith Road 10am meet at Grove Road Tuesday 29th June Water Quality Field day 10am meet at the Hall Sunday.

Summary of the Improving Catchment Water Quality Field day to be added.

11th July Under planting at Kaniwhaniwha Reserve 10am meet in the carpark.

Events in and around Te Pahu 2008:
“Ask the Scientists” a networking evening where you can get free scientific information on pests and predators, plants, weeds, water quality and waste, or ask advice on ecological issues for your project.
 Thursday 10th July at the Hamilton Environment Centre. 
Kaniwhaniwha planting day Sunday 8th June 9.30am – 2pm BBQ provided.

Karamu Reserve weeding, either Sunday 7th September OR Sunday 19th October

10 – 12pm Te Pahu Landcare Group AGM Tuesday 7th October 7.30pm

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