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CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, AUGUST 29, 2012
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FROM Page 6
Is spring poised to arrive?
Spring thoughts: The sight of lambs in the fields is always a precursor to warmer weather.
Show, variety concerts, school
fairs, the Whitebait Festival...and
Farmers' markets will bulge with
produce and there will be many
more players on golf courses,
heads bobbing, looking for little
white balls in the rough.
Spring has always been seen as
a time of rebirth and optimism -- a
grand thing when you think of
what the province has been going
through over the past two years.
Push to restore
Tai Tapu Bush
to former glory
HARKING BACK: Birds like tui would have once been abundant in the area.
Photo: FAIRFAX NZ
A SMALL part of Tai Tapu is being
restored to what it may have been
like before the arrival of Europeans
in the area.
Tai Tapu Bush, a one-hectare
block in the Rhodes Park Domain,
will be planted with native seed and
plants collected over the last two
years from Riccarton Bush in Christ-
church and other local bush rem-
nants, as well as 5500 seedlings
grown at Southern Woods Nursery
for the community project.
The public are invited to help in
the restoration project on September
9. Project restoration specialist
Stephen Brailsford said Riccarton
Bush was the only lowland podocarp
forest remaining on the Canterbury
plains, and offered a great example
that we can use in the planning and
development of this site .
The plantings would contribute to
recreating the lost pathways for nat-
ive birds and insects across the
"The planting could also be expec-
ted to improve the quality of the
water that passes through it and into
the Halswell River during periods of
heavy rainfall. This will have down-
stream benefits for Te Waihora/Lake
Ellesmere. The bush will afford
shade and reduce water temperat-
ures as well as filter nutrients and
trap sediments, Mr Brailsford said.
Rhodes Park Domain committee
member Alistair Fiecken said it was
hoped locals would take part in the
creation of Tai Tapu Bush .
Project co-ordinator Murray Man-
nall said professional tree planting
spades would be supplied so just
bring along your energy, strong
shoes or boots .
The project is supported by various
organisations, including Selwyn Dis-
trict Council, Rhodes Park Domain
Board, Environment Canterbury,
Ngai Tahu, the Environment Minis-
try, Te Ara Kakariki, Waihora Elles-
mere Trust, Tai Tapu School, Brails-
ford s and Southern Woods Nursery,
plus many individuals.
The planting is at 10am on Sept-
ember 9 at the Rhodes Park Domain,
Tai Tapu, and will be followed by a
lunch for all volunteers.
History of the area
At the time of early European settle-
ment a wetland extended from the
current shores of Te Waihora/Lake
Ellesmere up to Halswell and from
Lincoln to the Port Hills.
Known as The Great Swamp it
was dominated by native wetland
vegetation consisting of cabbage
trees, manuka, flax, toetoe, rushes,
sedge grasses and raupo. Before
human occupation, swamp wetland
plants and kahikatea/matai forest
plant communities dominated the
The Halswell River was part of a
canoe transport route for Maori from
the Heathcote/Avon estuary to Te
Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. A Maori
settlement was situated on sand hills
within the Waihora domain, from
where the food resources of the
swamps were harvested.
Tai Tapu Bush restoration project
planting day Sunday, September 9.
10am, Rhodes Park Domain.
funding cut back
A $9000 FUNDING request for the
Hororata Highland Games was given
the fling at a Selwyn District Council
meeting last week, as the question of
who should receive council cash was
Hororata Community Charitable
Trust, which runs the event, asked
for $9000 from the council s com-
munity special events fund. Staff
recommended the trust receive
$6000, but it was given $2000.
The final figures granted, in
addition to the highland games, were
$8000 for Celebrating Selwyn and
$1121 for Earth Hour -- although
support for the latter was not unani-
The 2012/13 fund has $15,000
available for allocation.
Some councillors were concerned
all the funding would be used up so
early in the financial year they
would not be able to cater for new
There was also an opinion that the
trust should be able to generate its
own income and was not yet an
iconic or regional event. It received
$9000 last year, which was seen as
seed funding, and it was not expec-
ted to be a yearly grant.
Other councillors supported the
$6000 request, and commended the
efforts of the games organisers and
the success of last year s event.
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