Call out for project volunteers
The Te Awamutu Community Board is calling for volunteers to join their Stop the Wattle Invasion project to tackle the spread of wattle on Mt Kakepuku. Chairwoman of the board, Ange Holt, says the problem was brought to their attention following their rural tour visit to Pokuru in May. And recently, Ange, Kakepuku Mountain Conservation project member Colin Mckenzie and Waipa¯ District Council parks team member Paul van der Hoek visited My Kakepuku to check the extent of the invasion. Wattle is spreading rapidly among a handful of mature trees, and within two large pockets of seedlings. “They ideally need to be removed before they can get established and so we are looking for volunteers to join this project,” says Ange. They need 20 reasonably fit and able people to help pull out wattles from seedlings and sapling trees. The project day is planned for Sunday, August 8 from 9am to 2pm. If weather doesn’t permit, the project day will be moved to Sunday, August 16. The terrain is not suitable for small or primary aged children. Those who choose to volunteer will get to experience tracks and parts of the mountain not readily accessed by the public, says Ange. To find out more or sign up to be a volunteer contact Te Awamutu Community Board member Richard Hurrell on 027 458 8164 or Richard. hurrell@Waipadc.govt.nz.