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Tena koe . Welcome to our monthly newsletter.

August is the coldest month in New Zealand, yet it doesn't make it any less interesting, productive and inspiring for us. Our Kaipatiki Project hub has been very busy as we are preparing for the launch of our new website, getting ready for our AGM on 16 October, as well as the celebration of our 21st anniversary.

In this newsletter, you will find:

  • Te Wiki o te Reo Maori and Conservation Week
  • Pa Harakeke invite
  • New workshops
  • Updates
  • Mayoral finalists- Collaboration award
  • Our YouTube channel
  • Vacancies
  • ??Plant of the month


Upcoming events

Te Wiki o te Reo M?ori - M?ori Language Week 9-15 September

This week we are celebrating all things M?ori Language. On September 6, as part of the celebration, Kaipatiki Project attended Te Reo Rua Po Wero Hinengaro - Bi-lingual Trivial Pursuit., hosted by our friends Te Reo Tuatahi. We had so much fun and our te reo M?ori definitely got stronger. Thanks to everyone who created this event. We even had the honour to share our table with Te Reo champions and fluent speakers Buck Shelford and Jennifer Ward-Lealand. 

Te Reo Maori week has been celebrated since 1975. M?ori Language Day is 14 September and commemorates the presentation of the 1972 M?ori language petition to parliament.

The chosen theme for 2019 is again "Kia Kaha te Reo Maori" - Kia Kaha meaning ‘be strong’. And every minute of every hour of every day is a M?ori language minute – we can choose to use te Reo – every time we do, even just a ‘Kia ora!’ contributes to revitalisation.

Find more ideas about how you can contribute


Join us in celebrating Conservation Week 14-22 September 2019

Be part of our Conservation Week Competition

What did YOU do to contribute to conservation activities in your community or in your home? Share your story and be in to win one of 10 Kaip?tiki Project keep cups.

Share your story your way and don't forget to let us know who you are to go in the draw:

Terms: All story entries received by Kaipatiki Project between 9 – 22 September 2019 will be entered into a draw to win one of 10 Kaipatiki Project keep cups. The winners will be selected on 25 September 2019 and will be contacted via phone. All stories received can be published on Kaipatiki Project channels. Good luck

Tell us what you did in conservation activity thie year and win one of our keep cup

Type your story here



P? Harakeke restoration day

Celebrate Conservation Week by attending our restoration day at the P? Harakeke site, at the Merrill Place entrance, Birkdale. We will be cleaning the area around the plants, harvesting and weaving starting 10am, finishing with a BBQ around 12 noon.

tell us what kind of conservation activity you were involved with during this year and winn one of kaipatiki project keep cup



P?hutukawa special price

As a part of the celebration of Conservation Week, we're offering a special price for Pohutukawa, only $3+gst. 400 Pohutukawa plants ready for a new home! Bulk orders are welcome. Contact Derek

tell us what kind of conservation activity you were involved with during this year and winn one of kaipatiki project keep cup

Send email to Derek


Upper Harbour Candidates share their position on environmental issues

At this event, you will hear our Local Board candidates share their position on environmental issues of the Upper Harbour region.

Wednesday 18 September 7-8:30pm/Hobsonville Point Primary

Postal voting runs 20 September - 12 October.

Event where local board candidates will share their opinion on environmental issues


Join us at the annual Kaipatiki Project AGM and celebrate our 21st anniversary

Wednesday, 16th October 2019. This is a great opportunity to meet people involved in the organisation and acknowledge many achievements that have taken place over the last year.

Starting from 6pm, we’ve got a great line-up:

  • Refreshments & Welcome
  • Review of Achievements
  • New Brand & Website Launch
  • Guest Speaker: Luke Wijohn – Schools Climate Strike Leader
  • Celebrate life members and volunteers
  • Meet the Board & Elect New Members


Anyone can nominate a Board member here. Nominations will be considered by the Board in September 2019.

Everyone is welcome; items for voting are open to members only. If you are not a member yet please sign up so you can vote on the night!

Membership of Kaip?tiki Project runs annually and your $20 fee goes directly towards supporting our work. Members are part of our Kaip?tiki Project whanau; receiving news, updates and invitations to events and the opportunity to vote at general meetings.



Upcoming workshops

Increase diversity plant an insectary event 15th September 2019 10am-12pm Kaipatiki Project hub

Increase Diversity - Plant an Insectary 

To maximise fruit production from your edible trees and plants, an insectary is a beneficial addition to your garden or orchard space. Consider implementing it as a separate garden, in a guild below fruit trees, or as a border to your edible garden beds. An insectary offers food for pollinators and predatory insects and works as a natural remedy for reducing infestations of pests and disease. This workshop will cover a selection of plant species, and focus on the benefits of including these in your garden design.

Date: 15 September 2019

Time: 10am – 12pm 

Venue: 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale

Price: $30

Tutor: Judy Keats

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Nut Cheeses making workshop 28th September 2019 2pm-4pm $65 Kaipatiki Project

Nut Cheeses

Nut Cheese is a delicious, fermented vegan alternative to dairy that you can easily incorporate into your dishes.  Join Julie to learn the essential tools and recipes for making this creamy, rich, easy to make and seriously delicious vegan cheese.

Date: 28 September 2019

Time: 2 – 4pm 

Venue: 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale

Price: $65

Tutor: Julie Craig

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Cambucha making workshop 12th October $65 Kaipatiki project 2-4pm

Kombucha/Become your own therapeutic kitchen master

Activate your gut to absorb more nutrients with this refreshing and fizzing delight. An informative workshop to improve your health and enrich your life.

Learning the art of successfully keeping a healthy Kombucha Scoby is the beginning of a life-transforming attitude towards a healthy gut.  These fermented drinks contain beneficial enzymes and nutrients that improve digestion and boost your beneficial gut flora and immunity.

In this in-depth class, you will learn how to be your own therapeutic kitchen master, learning to make this nutritious drink with delicious flavours.

Participants receive their own SCOBY, starter liquid and a handout with brewing instructions to take home. Bring a jar!


Date: 12 October 2019

Time: 2 – 4pm 

Venue: 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale

Price: $65

Tutor: Julie Craig

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Past events

Waitotara Sustainable & Resilient Living 

In this month Kaipatiki Project has made a connection with wonderful, warm and very inspiring people from Waitotara Sustainable & Resilient Living. We are pleased to introduce Robyn and her team, who founded this space to promote sustainable living for the local community around Puhoi/ Waiwera. Visit and follow their Facebook Page and see the great range of workshops they run (pruning, weaving, sewing and more). Thanks to everyone who's involved in this project. We are looking forward to future collaboration. Thank you, our chair Charmaine Bailie who organised the visit!



Kaipatiki Stream Care Community Science Hui

        held a successful Stream Care Hui on 14 August to report back on our
        achievement of two-year observations across four local awa. Schools participanting
        were Birkdale Intermediate, Verran Primary School, Windy Ridge School
        and Birkenhead Primary School. We had a great night of celebration and
        worked hard to co-create our 10-year aspirational goals for the
        project.




Restoration day at Herald Island

Thank you to Herald Island Environmental Group for welcoming us on 15 August. Thanks to everyone who joined us treeplanting, discovering a local nursery and contributing to the special Herald Island world.



Caring for your fruit trees

On 18 August, we learnt how to care for fruit trees. from selecting a site, through planting to maintenance and pruning. Very informative and interesting, despite the rainy day! Thank you Judy Keats, we are looking forward to attending your next workshop in this series.



Wax wraps

On 31 August we made reusable wax wraps with tutor Julie Craig and 15 wonderful guests. It was so cool to see the full house of different people enjoying this interesting and useful free course. We learnt a lot and had so much fun. Thank you Julie, for your unique style of sharing knowledge and thank you @aucklandcouncil for supporting this event as part of the Love Food, Hate Waste programme. We are looking forward to learning more with you.



Great news

Kaipatiki Project with Hobsonville Point Pesky Pests are finalists in the Mayoral Conservation Awards - Collaboration category.


The panel was very impressed with the high quality of nominations, reflecting the excellent work being done throughout Auckland to enhance our natural environment.


The 2019 finalists in Collaboration category are (in no particular order):

·         Hobsonville Point Pesky Pests

·         Pest Free Kaipatiki - Enhanced Halos

·         Birdsong ?panuku

·         Predator Free Franklin


The finalists will be announced during the Auckland Pestival on Saturday 14 September by Cr Penny Hulse, Chair of the Environment and Community Committee.


Thanks to all our volunteers for your great work and congratulations on being finalists! We did it together and we look forward to celebrating with you.



Kaip?tiki YouTube channel

Spend a minute watching our new video with Derek Craig and learn more about New Zealand native plant Salt Marsh Ribbonwood/Plagianthus divaricatus. Marsh ribbonwood is a little plant which has one-half of its roots in the salt and the other half on dry land.

Watch the video



Job vacancies

Go Eco Board - Voluntary role

-Our friends in Hamilton are looking for another Board member. If this sounds like you or someone you know, check out the link.



Environmental Coordinator, Takapuna North

Are you passionate about connecting people with the environment? Do you have hands-on experience designing and delivering pest control and restoration programmes and with working within a community and inspiring people to take action? If so, we invite you to apply for the Environmental Coordinator role at Takapuna North Community Trust.

To apply, email office@takapunatrust.org.nz to ask for a full job description and submit a CV and covering letter telling us what makes you suitable for this role.

Applications close on Wednesday 25 September



Plant of the month

The beautiful Ngutu Kaka Clianthus sp. at Kaipatiki Project has got off to an early flowering when it confused a mild mid-winter for spring. There are two species of Ngutu K?k? in New Zealand and both are under threat.

There are only 250 plants left in the wild as all manner of browsing animals, including snails, love eating Ngutu Kaka. As a member of the pea family, Ngutu Kaka is a nitrogen fixer, making its leaves a rich food source. Exotic weeds also fill in the open spaces that the shrub used to occupy.

Wild plants are restricted to Moturemu Island in the Kaipara Harbour and sites around the East Cape/Hawkes Bay area.






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