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Deal to that ginger

Wild or kahili ginger is making its presence
 known around Waiatarua at the present 
time in the form of bright orange seedheads.
 Ginger does most harm because its rhi
zomes form plate-like infestations on the
forest floor which prevent native plants es
tablishing. As it is shallow rooted, it also contributes to land slipping in heavy rains as we have seen with Cyclone Gabrielle. On the other hand it is not the hardest pest plant to control. Seeds last for up to six years so ongoing attention to a site can result in its elimination. Seeds set most on plants on forest margins. In the darkness of the forest they don’t.

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The Community Hall and Library Has Been Saved!

I’m incredibly pleased and proud to be able to share some good news with you. As you will be aware the future of the Waiatarua Community Hall and Library has been in jeopardy because of the proposed changes in the Auckland Council Budget Plan. With the current lease and maintenance charges, this proposal would have meant a 6000% increase in costs which would have made it impossible for the Hall and the Library to continue. Yet here’s the good news.

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We have some good news! We will be able to purchase some new books shortly for you. We did manage to get a few for you. Library volunteer Christine has kindly reviewed a couple of them. In Catherine Chidgey’s prize winning book “The Axeman’s Carni-val”, a magpie is witness to events on a failing, high country farm. As the magpie learns to “parrot” the profanities of farm hands, he becomes the cause of irritation and humour. Yet there is a dark thread running through this story. When the carnival is over, will a bird with 100,000 followers on Twitter be hero or anti-hero? Social media also plays a role in Eleanor Catton’s “Birnam Wood”, a psychological thriller. When a group of guerilla gardeners meet an American billionaire, ideals and intentions are tested with devastating consequences. And it is here at last – Lucinda Riley’s “Atlas: the story of Pa Salt” We look forward to seeing you all soon. Barbara Field
Waiatarua Library