Cat control coming

When I was living in Wellington, on the lower slopes of Mt Kaukau, our two cats would often be found playing with half dead lizards, inside or outside. I just didn’t know that we were contributing to the decimation of the local native skink population....... Read More

Marching on together

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a workshop run by Sanctuaries of New Zealand. This is an annual national event hosted at a different location each year.  This year it was at Hamilton Gardens. I’ve been to plenty of conferences in...... Read More

Plastic PR

The recent announcement on the purported ‘plastic bag ban’ revealed both sloppy reporting and a missed opportunity. Contrary to how the issue was mostly reported in the media, it’s not a blanket ban on plastic bags, or even single-use...... Read More

Keeping dieback out

Many thanks to everyone who came to help with the annual planting at Shakespear Open Sanctuary. The weather did not help much and heavy rain meant we had to cancel one of the scheduled days, which happens only rarely. To make up for it we ran an unscheduled...... Read More

Spring into action – slowly

A great garden starts with a well thought out plan and the garden design depends on many factors, including how much space and time you have, the climate, and what you want to grow. When establishing my new garden here on the Hibiscus Coast, the most...... Read More

Reviving the kokako

The kokako, sometimes called the blue-wattled crow, is one of New Zealand’s many unique species. It is about the size of a magpie, with strong legs for hopping and climbing trees. Its beautiful blue-grey wings are rounded and only good for gliding,...... Read More

What’s science got to do with it?

Gardening, like everything else in nature, is based on cycles that are all interdependent. If you want to get on top of insects in your garden you have to know why these pests get out of control; in short, know something about the dynamics of balance. Perhaps...... Read More

Pet or pest?

Some say a weed is just a plant in the wrong place. Context makes the difference between a plant and a weed, or a pest and a pet. If perspective is everything, then when we are dealing with animals, we need to take special care. Sweet little blue forget-me-nots...... Read More

Planting exposé

Every year, TOSSI in partnership with Auckland Council host public planting days at Tawharanui on the first Sunday in June, July and August. Each day, 5000 trees are planted. But what happens behind the scenes to make this all possible, and what happens...... Read More

Networking for the environment

For several years now, conservation groups in the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board area have met periodically for informal discussions on how to work together better, to share information on what they are doing and to hear from experts on methods and techniques...... Read More