A community-led initiative to make Pukerua Bay pest-free, that is, free of mustelids and rats, to encourage native birds, lizards and invertebrates to return. Join the group on Facebook, or email them (see event details).
Rat traps and tunnels courtesy of Department of Conservation, to keen Pukerua Bay trappers for a $20 donation, which will help buy more traps.
Kelvin Hastie will be there to share his experiences making Crofton Downs Wellington’s first pest–free suburb and we will demonstrate how to use traps and get started. We will also have a speaker from the Kāpiti Biodiversity Project.
WE NEED THE COMMUNITY TO HELP MAKE THIS A REALITY,
PLEASE TELL US WHAT YOU THINK.
The survey is open to non-residents, so please encourage your friends around the Wellington region to complete it. We will be at the Residents’ Association AGM on Tuesday evening and will be happy to chat to you afterwards.
A working bee is to take place on the morning of Tuesday 18 October 2016. This working bee will be focused on weed control, in particular a follow up to work already started on Cape Ivy control on the boundary to Melody Farm. Members of the regular Tuesday working bee for Ngā Uruora will be helping out.
Where and when: Assembly point will be at the end of Muri Road near the track entrance gate (map), at 9:30 am, Tuesday 18 October 2016.
What to bring: Bring drinking water, gloves, muscles, knowledge, smiles and all important morning tea. If you have loppers, a pruning saw or a grubber this would help. Don’t worry if you don’t have tools, Ngā Uruora have a few that could be provided.
Weather: If the weather looks like not cooperating the intention is to send out a cancellation email the night before.
More information is also available on the Ngā Uruora website, and if you are interested in volunteering for the Pukerua Bay end, sign up to their newsletter.
The Pukerua Bay Residents Association is running a survey on the future of our local store. Its liquor licence application is being opposed by the Police and the Liquor Licensing Inspector, and there is a risk the store could close if it cannot sell alcohol. If you are a resident, and have a view on the value of the store to the community, please fill in the survey.
On Saturday, 9 April 2016, the Paekakariki Escarpment track opened to the public, enabling walkers to walk the entire length of the track between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki. The 10 km track climbs high above the railway line and is part of the Te Araroa New Zealand walking trail.
For one-way hikes, the nearby railway stations at Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki allow the option to take the train back to close to the starting point. The track is unsuitable for people with vertigo and children younger than 8 due to being narrow, with steep drop-offs to the side.
Muri Reserve is a peaceful spot about two hectares in area, which sits between Muri Road, Sea Vista Drive and the old Muri railway station.
It is in two distinct zones. To the west is a large, flat, grassed, “amenity” zone that is surrounded with planting and has views of the hills and sea. The eastern side is an undeveloped, sloping, “natural” zone that includes a wetland, which feeds into Haunui Stream.
The PCC web site has information about the reserve and the restrictions on its use. These two zones are managed differently by PCC and it has different objectives for them. It wants to encourage casual recreation and natural play opportunities in the amenity zone, raise awareness of heritage values, and protect ecological values in the natural zone.
Muri Reserve is part of a popular walking circuit around Pukerua Bay, but access from Sea Vista Drive is down a steep slope. Access directly off Muri Road is very difficult as the ground is very steep in one area. There is good access onto the two zones from the Muri Station platform.
The community identified Muri Reserve in the 2011 Pukerua Bay Village Plan as an area that could be used more for recreation. Suggestions from the community for the reserve included:
Further planting with native plants
Continued use of the amenity zone as a dog exercise area (dogs can be exercised there at any time)
Recreational activities, such as sport areas, picnic area, barbecue, playground, BMX track for young children
A board-walk across the wetland to connect the two halves of the natural zone
Community garden/heritage orchard
Event venue (e.g. cushion concerts)
Community garden/food forest
There is strong support for a community garden or orchard on Muri Reserve. There is a keen group of local people wanting to develop one on the flat area at the eastern side of the reserve, behind the houses at the end of Muri Road. Access to this would be via the old railway station platform.
Hi folks, our first planning meeting will be on Thursday 1 May 2014 at 7pm (ical) at St Mark’s, 98 Rawhiti Road, Pukerua Bay (map). Please spread the word so we get lots of ideas, involvement and enthusiasm 🙂