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June Newsletter

Our June newsletter is now available here. We have an article on farm-tōtara harvest, facts about myrtle rust, tell you about Trees That Count and there’s an update on wind-blown indigenous timber - a great read!

2017 AGM and Field Trip

The date for our 2017 AGM and Field trip is the weekend of 4 and 5 November.
The meeting and the field trip will be held in Masterton this year with more details on venues, etc to follow shortly. The field trip will commence in Masterton at around 10.00 am on the Saturday to allow people to travel there in the morning.

The Saturday visit will be made to Rewanui, where extensive plantings of native trees 7-8 years ago permitted a mix of species and conditions to be tested in replicated planting trials and which TTT participated in setting up. At the end of the day we will hold our AGM at a venue in Masterton to be followed by dinner.

We are hoping to have a speaker or two on the Saturday evening, probably the local QE II Trust representative who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Wairarapa native trees and how they are coping, or not. Members may also join in Sunday visits to other forestry areas of interest including species such as eucalyptus and cypresses, and which will finish around mid-day on Sunday to allow people to get home at a reasonable time - or you may just wish to participate in Saturday’s proceedings.

Planting for posterity

Here is a link to an interesting article by Radio NZ -

More than 50 years ago, Jaap and Sue Van Dorser cleared and then planted up a small section of the Awahou Stream which flows into Lake Rotorua. Then, 23 years ago, they were joined by another couple.

Since then the crew has worked together every Wednesday morning, clearing and planting the riverbanks.

Listen to more here.