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Upper Hutt Leader : March 21st 2012
28 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MARCH 21, 2012 Moth plant (Araujia hortorum) is a climbing vine that can grow up to 6m high. It has arrow shaped leaves that are dark green on top and greyish green underneath, and clusters of cream owers that have a pinkish centre. Moth plant s most notable feature is its light green, spongy, st-sized pods that split open when they re dry, releasing hundreds of black seeds. A white sticky sap comes out of the plant when it s damaged, which may cause skin irritations. Moth plant is fast growing and can smother and replace low growing native bush. Seen it? Contact us: 0800 496 734 firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome to Our Region -- the Greater Wellington Regional Council's quarterly magazine. Your feedback is appreciated -- 0800 496 734 or email@example.com Moth plant Corporate planting days Escape from the of ce and into one of Greater Wellington s regional parks for a corporate planting day. We provide all the plants, staff to supervise, barbecue facilities, and spare gloves and spades. All you do is bring your staff, and provide food and people to cook it. After a morning s planting, we ll reward your team with a guided walk. Contact Catherine Wylde, 04 830 4282 or firstname.lastname@example.org Projects for our region's land transport Have your say on top projects for state highways, local roads and public transport, as well as projects to reduce cars travelling with just one person, such as cycling and walking initiatives. The draft Regional Land Transport Programme is open for public consultation from 26 March to 4 May. It sets out transport projects for the Wellington region over the next three years, their cost and how they ll be funded. The draft programme has been prepared by the Wellington Regional Land Transport Committee, made up of representatives from Greater Wellington, local councils, NZ Transport Agency and the community. A summary of the draft Regional Land Transport Programme (attached to the summary Long-Term Plan) will be in your letterbox in March Kids on the move in March The Wellington region s schools are celebrating kids and families who walk, cycle or scooter to school. Kids learn, grow and have fun when they do this -- they socialise, get exercise, gain independence and learn vital road safety skills. Keep your eye out for these walking and wheeling champions, on the move in your neighbourhood between 26 and 30 March. Schools can join at www.gw.govt.nz/movin-march More than 20,000 United States marines were stationed at camps in Kapiti s Queen Elizabeth Park and other parts of the Wellington region from 1942 to 1944 The Salute 70 festival commemorates 70 years since the "invasion" and will help keep this unique period in our history alive. The celebrations include Memorial Day at Queen Elizabeth Park, featuring the New Zealand Air Force Band and leading New Zealand baritone Zane Te Wiremu Jarvis. Memorial Day will be attended by the Governor General, national and local politicians, New Zealand and US armed services members, the RSA, and Marines "occupy" Kapiti coast visiting US Marines and their families. Salute 70 will run from 26 May to June 14 and feature a range of events around the region. The festival is being organised by the Kapiti US Marines Trust in partnership with Greater Wellington, the Kapiti Coast District Council, Porirua City Council, Residents, farmers, iwi, health professionals, Greater Wellington and the Carterton District Council are forming a group to clean up the Mangatarere Stream in Carterton Monitoring shows it is one of the more polluted streams in the region. Greater Wellington investigations identi ed pollutants from stormwater, the town wastewater treatment plant, agricultural runoff and groundwater. Jill Greathead, who lives by the stream and is a Carterton District Councillor, is leading the charge to get the community involved. "More than 100 people turned out to a meeting to discuss our stream and what affects it. These people are keen to change their behaviour, encourage others and do the hard work on the ground. We are mindful that much of the catchment is farmland and we need to involve landowners to come up with solutions that work for everyone." Jill and environmental award winning dairy farmer Ray Craig have been organising guided walks for people to become better acquainted with the stream. Carterton tackles stream quality "The community wants to get stuck into fencing and planting our stream," says Jill. "This is not the entire solution but while others are working that out we want to beautify it and make its environment more attractive for people, wildlife, stock -- the works." MEMORIAL DAY Monday 28 May Starts 10am Queen Elizabeth Park MacKays Crossing entrance (off SH1) Everybody welcome! tangata whenua and community groups. For more about Memorial Day and Salute 70: www.marinenz.com The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands project will be boosted by $1 million over the next two years from the Government s Fresh Start for Freshwater Fund Lake Wairarapa, Lake Onoke and their surrounding wetlands (collectively known as Wairarapa Moana) have poor water quality. This is particularly signi cant for lake- edge wetlands which are important areas for native plants and animals. Wairarapa Moana gets $1 million "We are delighted with the Government s contribution over two years," says Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Group Chair Fran Wilde. "We will use this money to improve water quality and eradicate pest plants to provide a better environment for wildlife in the remaining wetland areas. "Much of this work will be with farmers -- fencing and planting drains and streams to lter and remove nutrients that ow off the land. Many farmers in the area support this approach, and Dairy NZ and Ducks Unlimited are keen to work with us." The key players are Greater Wellington, Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, DOC, Rangitane o Wairarapa, hapu and the South Wairarapa District Council. This group is in turn advised by local farmers, conservation groups, and Fish and Game. "We re working with the community to enhance the ecology, recreation and cultural opportunities of Wairarapa Moana for everyone s bene t," says Fran Wilde. Jill Greathead and Ray Craig have brought the community together to clean up Mangatarere Stream
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