Turn Your Waste Into Wonders

Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre is excited to be bringing a free composting workshop to Puhoi on Saturday 16 August, 2-5pm.
Learn to compost using a compost bin, worm-farm or Bokashi bucket system and get a $46 discount voucher to use to buy compost products from Kaipatiki Project (free courier delivery).
Bookings are essential – the village centre venue address will be given on booking.
Book online at http://kaipatiki.org.nz/courses/create-your-own-eden, email admin@kaipatiki.org.nz or phone 09 482 1172.

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Noble Rot: Free Composting Courses

Receive a free voucher for $46 off a composting system of your choice.

An introduction to help you find the right system for your home – traditional compost bin, worm farm or bokashi buckets.
Matakana Saturday 3rd May 2-4pm
Orewa Saturday 10 May 2-4pm
Wellsford Saturday 17 May 1-4pm
Please book online at:
Or call the Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre office on:  (09) 482 1172
Exact locations provided on booking.

Attention! Kauri Dieback


With less than 1% of our original kauri forest remaining due to an intensive history of logging and exploitation, the residents of Puhoi can be considered privileged to have these kings of the forest in their very own back yards. In spite of the fact that kauri stands are regenerating in many areas throughout the North Island, these forests now face a new threat: kauri dieback disease.

Kauri dieback is a fungus-like disease that is specific to New Zealand kauri, having killed thousands of trees already and putting the entire species at risk. While much is still to be learned about this disease, the movement of soil via footwear, gear and machinery has been identified as a major cause of its spread throughout the North Island. Microscopic spores in the soil infect the roots and damage the tissues that carry nutrients within the tree, effectively starving it to death. If you’re fortunate enough to have never seen a sick or dying kauri, let me assure you it’s a very sorry sight. Symptoms include yellowing leaves, canopy thinning, dead branches and bleeding gum at the base of the trunk.


Kauri dieback has been found in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, on private land throughout the Auckland region, in the forest plantations of Omahuta, Glenbervie and Russell in Northland, Department of Conservation reserves at Okura, Albany, Pakiri, Great Barrier, Trounson Kauri Park and Waipoua Forest in Northland, home of our most iconic kauri – Tane Mahuta.


As a new disease to science in 2008, no official treatments or control tools have been available to manage this disease to date. Research is underway investigating how to slow the spread and control areas of infection. Containment is the key to protecting our healthy kauri forests for future generations. We are doing everything we can to win the war and protect this national treasure. To lose kauri would be an absolute tragedy.

It’s not all doom and gloom however, many healthy stands of kauri can still be found on both private and public land throughout Auckland including the Puhoi area where the disease has not been detected at this stage. We need to work together to protect these healthy areas.

To protect your own slice of paradise, a few simple measures can be taken to keep your kauri disease free, with the key being soil removal. To stop the spread of this disease give your boots and any equipment a good scrub to remove soil both before and after spending time in kauri forests. Please help spread the word about kauri dieback by telling others – we need to raise awareness to ensure the disease is contained.

The Auckland Council can provide support to landowners by way of funding fencing to protect kauri and associated native vegetation from stock movement and grazing. For further information on this and how you can protect your kauri, visit www.kauridieback.co.nz. Alternatively if you have any concerns about your trees please call our Kauri Dieback Hotline (0800 NZ KAURI) to arrange a site visit from one of our biosecurity inspectors.

by Jacqui Wairepo


Making Biochar – tins needed

Joan Buchanan says, “I went to a workshop the other day on
how to make biochar for the compost heap. Biochar is a form of
charcoal made by burning dried organic matter. It is a good
home for the natural bacteria that help break compost down. You
can’t put it straight into the garden, it needs to go into the com-
post, and to do this I need large empty coffee or milo tins with
lids. I would be very grateful if you could ask around for me. I will
pick them up if anyone has them.” Please contact Joan on 09

Puhoi Heritage Fruit and Nut Trees and Vegetable Library

May I introduce myself, Puhoi residents. My name is Julie-Anna Child and we live at the end of Green Hollows Rd. I’m an Agriculture New Zealand Go Organics student. Our group completes Level 3 qualifications this year and meets every Thursday at the Puhoi Hall. It has turned out to be a fabulous science based course. I’m hoping to set up a ‘library’ of local heritage fruit and nut trees and vegetables on an acre of North East facing hillside on our land.
Plants that have acclimatised to local conditions are a rare treasure in comparison to the plants we buy at nurseries which have often been grown in a completely different part of the country. These shop bought plants don’t always thrive in the soils and climate particular to our area. I have seen many lovely old fruiting trees by the roadside. Sometimes our local trees eventually disappear and I would like to grow examples to try to preserve some.
If you have a special fruit or nut tree or vegetable plant on your property you may be willing to give me a scion (a branch cutting i can graft onto root stock) a root or seeds. If so please email or call me. Cuttings need to be taken in late June – early July (and stored in a plastic bag with a moist tissue around the cut until they are grafted).
 Better still you might allow me to do an ‘air graft’ on your tree this July and then come back in Spring to take the grafted sapling away. I would be delighted to do two air grafts, one for you and one for me, that way you will also have a second young tree to plant . An air graft entails semi-cutting a branch, wrapping soil around the cut and then sealing this in plastic. This allows a food supply to the new tree and roots grow in the sealed soil. In 3 months time you cut the young sapling tree off the parent tree and plant it .
Obviously I would like to make the process as easy as possible for you. If you would prefer to post me branch cuttings in July or seeds any time just let me know your address and I will send you a stamped addressed A4 size envelope. If you would prefer me to collect cuttings and seeds or do airgrafts let me know. If any case please let me know your contact details, the cuttings/seeds story, the possible age of the tree, who planted it, what the fruit tastes like and is used for and what variety they might be. Delicious or medicinal fruit nuts and vegetables are obviously favoured.  I plan to share future scions and seeds freely with interested locals so let me know if you would like to be included.
Julie-Anna Child    021 373910    09 441 4941
mailing address: Julie-Anna Child and John Savage, Kauri Ridge, 152B Green Hollows Rd, RD1 Silverdale, 0994 Auckland.
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