Know the native trees in Tawa reserves with Gil Roper – Brachyglottis repanda, Rangiora

Source of names: Rangiora is a member of the Aster family of plants (Asteraceae) and includes asters, daisies and sunflowers. Brachyglottis  means ‘short tongue’ and refers to the small size of the ray florets within the flowers. The species name repanda means ‘undulating edges’ and refers to the margins of the broad leaves. The MāoriContinue reading “Know the native trees in Tawa reserves with Gil Roper – Brachyglottis repanda, Rangiora”

Have you sighted the flowering rātā tree from Takapu Road?

This remaining northern rata was one of many trees of this species, along with rimu trees that dominated the native bush in the Tawa area at the time of European settlement from the 1840s onwards. It’s probably the largest remaining northern rātā in the wider Tawa region. However, trees were felled for local use andContinue reading “Have you sighted the flowering rātā tree from Takapu Road?”

Guided native bush walk, 2pm Sunday 4 December 2022

People are invited to participate in this guided walk, led by members of ‘Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves’ (FOTBR). The walk will be through part of Redwood Bush, from Achilles Close through to Peterhouse Street and include the newly established, signed botanical walk. Depending on time, Larsen Crescent Reserve will also be included in theContinue reading “Guided native bush walk, 2pm Sunday 4 December 2022”

Nursery provides plants and assistance to KETE group

The nursery provided some plants (Harakeke, wineberry, Tī Kōuka and Kōtukutuku) to the KETE group on 18th October, organised by Sue Lum.  Joanne Youthead helped Sue with transporting them and laying them out at Greenacres school, with Andrew Liley to help plant. Great team effort and involvement of our local schools in improving our environment/ecosystems!

Successful launch of new book ‘Redwood Bush, Tawa’

This book, published by Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves (FOTBR) was launched on Tuesday evening 18 October 2022 in the Tawa Community Centre, with over 70 people present. Gary Beecroft, President of FOTBR chaired the evening. Following refreshments, Andy Foster (Patron of FOTBR) spoke on the extensive restoration of native flora and fauna in theContinue reading “Successful launch of new book ‘Redwood Bush, Tawa’”

Signed Botanical Walk now open in Redwood Bush

Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves (FOTBR) has designed, financed and installed signs for a botanical walk that features twenty of the native trees in Redwood Bush. Each sign has text and visual images pertaining to features of the trees for interest to walkers, but also to provide an educational purpose for the variety of groupsContinue reading “Signed Botanical Walk now open in Redwood Bush”

Signed Botanical Walk in Redwood Bush

Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves (FOTBR) has worked with WCC to design and produce a signed botanical walk, that features twenty of the native trees in Redwood Bush. Local Tawa signage company ‘Imagine That’ has made the signs and members of FOTBR will finance and install them. One sample is shown below. Large text andContinue reading “Signed Botanical Walk in Redwood Bush”

A new book about Tawa, available in October 2022

Redwood Bush, Tawa This book will be launched at 6pm on Tuesday 18 October 2022 in the Tawa Community Centre, Cambridge Street. This is author, Gilbert (Gil.) Roper’s third publication relating to Tawa. He was motivated to write this new book: Redwood Bush, Tawa after reading how Redwood Bush was saved when the Redwood subdivisionContinue reading “A new book about Tawa, available in October 2022”

‘Beating the Bounds’ in Tawa – Tararua Tramping Club hold day walk in Tawa reserves

Photo of map showing circuit taken: Christine Whiteford On Wednesday 18 May, a group from the Tararua Tramping Club undertook a walk, circumnavigating Tawa using the various reserves. The sunny weather enabled the group to enjoy the great views as well as the vibrant flora and fauna. Leader John Allard, a resident of Tawa forContinue reading “‘Beating the Bounds’ in Tawa – Tararua Tramping Club hold day walk in Tawa reserves”