Newsletter No. 244

November 10, 2023

Weeding on Te Raekaihau

Saturday 11 November, 10 am – 12 midday

This weeding session is an easy and interesting one, weeding some of the lightwells created in the karo canopy and seeing how the various combinations of planted / not planted and weeded / not weeded are thriving and how diverse the vegetation is becoming. Monitoring will eventually establish the most efficient way of continuing with restoration on the headland.

Meet at the bottom of Te Awaawa Track at 10 am. Bring tools and gloves if you can, and sturdy shoes for off track scrambling.

Haewai Creek Walk – Reimagining Houghton Valley

Sunday 12 November, 2 – 4 pm

You are invited to come and discover the history of our original valley and its waterways, find out what happened to it all, what is still surviving, and imagine a future that acknowledges our lost landscape and helps heal our environment.

  • Āhea (when): Sunday 12 November, 2 – 4 pm. Rain date 26 November.
  • Kei hea (where): Meet at SInclair Park sports fields at the upper end of the valley.
  • He aha (what): We will walk down the valley discussing / explaining / visualising our project for Lifting the Creek and remediating the problems of our closed landfill. We will finish with a picnic afternoon tea at the playground, with an optional walk on to the beach. Bring good walking shoes, a water bottle, something warm and any sun protection. A few cars will be available to take people back up the hill if needed.

This event is organised by the Houghton Valley Progressive Association in lieu of a meeting. Please RSVP to so we can provide enough afternoon tea …

Our petition is rocking!

Our petition to get the remediation of our landfill / leachate / stormwater remediation project into the Long Term Plan is going really well. Currently at over 190 signatures.

A majority of the signatures are from people outside of the suburb, which shows us how important the place is to visitors. So as a local, if you haven’t signed yet please do, we need to show lots of support from within as well. Open until 27 November, but please sign as soon as possible. [Petition link not valid.]

(158 recipients, 106 opens)