Waiatarua Boarding House

Frederick Judson was an interesting character who originally purchased land at Nihotupu, on the right side of Piha Road off the area of Ian Wells Track, though he built a house on land owned by William Evans near the Nihotupu Falls which were on the south side of today’s Piha Road, below the carpark. Judson was part of a family which emigrated to the failed settlement of Albertland, on the south side of the Kaipara. Frederick married his cousin Marian Edger, the eldest daughter of Samuel Edger who was the religious leader at Albertland. The Edgers and Judsons were musical, intellectual and progressive in many matters including equality of the sexes. Marian’s sister, Kate, was the first woman in the British Empire to gain a Bachelor of Arts at a university. (more…)

Plant of the Month: Coprosma repens

Coprosma repens

If you’re looking for a hardy ground cover, Coprosma Repes has fast become a favourite at Rita’s house.  Unfortunately not locally sourced, she did get a lot from Rogers for $2 and utilised it on banks and other shady spots where other plants have failed to establish. In fact she has planted it in the places tradescantia used to be. It’s glossy and bright green so looks beautiful and keeps invasive weeds at bay – win all round!

Biocontrol for tradescantia

Rita is so excited to see the Biocontrol for tradescantia has made its way to the Waitakeres with the Ecomatters team spotting them on Bush road! This little beetle from South America has been vigorously tested to ensure it
won’t do damage to anything other than tradescantia (which is also from that region). So hopefully you will see some nibbles out of yours!!

Remember tradescantia does well on the edges of the bush so as your weed gets eaten by the beetle a new clearing will be created – perfect for other plant growth (often another type of weed). If you plant it with a native you will have less weeding to do long term.

Have a look at her plant of the month for an option.

You will find a link the Landcare Research The Biological Control of Weeds book HERE

tradescantia leaf beetle

Latest Books at the Library

We have now received some new books for the library. Here is a selection:
David Baldacci Daylight
Lee Child The Sentinel
Ben Sanders The Devils You Know
Lynda La Plante Cold Shoulder
Ian Rankin Tooth and Nail
Kate Quin The Rose Code
Janet Skeslien Charles The Paris Library
JD Robb Faithless in Death
With the winter weather on the way, it’s a good idea to get a few books from
us so you can always have a good read and forget the cold outside.
We have also received a new variety of books from the Auckland Library which
are also available to borrow.

Waitakere Ranges Alliance

Hui and AGM

Arataki Visitor Centre

SUN 2 MAY, 10AM – 12.30PM 

The Waitākere Ranges is increasingly pressured by weeds, predators and pathogens. This hui will look at 

Protecting Our Waitākere Ranges 

Speaking to this topic will be 

Raewyn Peart MNZM, Dr Nick Waipara and Dr Mels Barton 

We’ll also be hearing about Pest Free Piha’s Wasp Eradication and introducing two new enviro groups followed by an AGM. 

Arrive for a 10 am start and stay for a light lunch after. 

RSVP here, or email pestfreewaitakereranges@gmail.com or 

phone 0274 994 596 for more information. 

With thanks to the Waitakere Ranges Local Board for their support 

Waiatarua Community Patrol Give-A-Little Page

The Waiatarua/Oratia/Henderson Valley Community Patrol (known as Waiatarua Community Patrol), has begun a Give-a-Little page to help fund the running and maintenance of the car that you see cruising the neighbourhood.
Volunteers patrol in  our community to help keep it safe and prevent crime.
You can also make a donation into the petrol account at Kenlock Motors – every little bit helps us to help you

Forest Hill Road Repair

Janine Moore from Oratia District School has sent this notification

The Ministry of Education has advised that there will be work carried out on Forest Hill Road which will require a portion of the road to be closed affecting the Oratia School Bus 4 Run:

Quick rundown of the job:

  • Full road closure on Forest Hill Road at house no. 227 (residents only between Kelly’s Road and West Coast Road) for 8 weeks, starting 27th April
  • Construction of a large retaining wall to fix a slip – half of the road is currently missing and pavement is compromised
  • Bus services travelling this route will not be able to traverse the site
  • Site has been under a temporary traffic light stop/go since June 2020

The school has been in touch with Ritchies and at this stage they are unable to confirm how and if the School Bus 4 will run over this time.

Could you please make arrangements to bring your child to school and be collected from school on the first day of term. The school will update you on that date (or before if we hear).