Archive for December, 2010

Preparing fruit trees for a hot summer

December 15th, 2010

We had an early morning start adding more mulch around our community fruit trees and checking on their condition. We hope the additional mulch will help the trees to stay cool and moist on the really hot days. The mulch has been kindly donated by Tree Scape. Some of the mulch will also be used for the fruit trees we planted on Mt Eden in July this year.

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Woofing – an alternative holiday experiance

December 10th, 2010

Recently Sara, one of the Mount Eden village people team, had a few days WWOOFing (Willing Workers On Organic Farms). She was working with Charlie and Joy Pringle helping weed pingao grass at Long Beach near Dunedin. Pingao grass is a native sand dune grass which is being re established on a number of beaches around NZ. It is distinctive because of it’’s spectacular golden colour.

In exchange for 3-4 hours work each day in an amazingly beautiful setting Sara was able to enjoy the hospitality of Charlie and Joy, staying with them in their home. This included eating yummy homemade bread and meals prepared by Charlie  and learning of the conservation work they have been committed to for some years. Read more about WWOOFing at

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Love Your Mountain Day, Maungawhau-Mt. Eden

December 5th, 2010

The Friends of Maungawhau will be  hosting the 5th annual Love Your Mountain Day on Maungawhau-Mt. Eden on
Sunday, December 12, from 10am to 4pm.
Come along and celebrate the environmental diversity and cultural history of our iconic maunga.

  • Take a walk round the mountain, check out the fruit trees, and learn about the volunteer conservation project on the quarried western slope.
  • Free admission to Eden Garden and Government House grounds.
One-hour  guided tours starting at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
Coffee stand in Glenfell Place at the Government House entrance.
  • Learn about the history of Ngati Whatua’s ancestral pa site.
Gather at the summit for one-hour guided walks by Tamaki Hikoi starting at 12.30pm and 2pm.
  • See fascinating displays on Maungawhau’s archaeology, geology and vegetation at the old Tea Kiosk. (Fill in a comment form and be in to win a Weekend Gardener subscription!).

For more information visit
Extra help is needed on the day. If you can spare an hour or two, handing out maps or directing walkers, please call April on 631-0057 or sen an email to:

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