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Open-ground establishment trials

Open-ground indigenous plant establishment trials – a Mahurangi world-first

An indigenous farm-forestry demonstration trail

In an ideal world, the Mahurangi Magazine would stick to its knitting. It could focus on the environment of the Mahurangi catchment, particularly the harbour’s elevated sediment accumulation rate. In this ideal world, the global, big picture issue of anthropogenic...

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Standing room only and tail wind to Waiuku

It could be seen as the epitome of the failure of market forces. Raising indigenous plants by the open-ground method was always going to be more cost-effective, yet it was the many more times expensive planter bag method that became an overnight success. The...

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State-owned enterprise open-ground 100%

Next week’s open-ground field days have just become a much bigger deal. Philip Smith of Taupō Native Plant Nursery said on Thursday that Landcorp has taken every open-ground plant they currently have growing, and that next year Landcorp is intending to order...

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Tāne’s Tree Trust project saving Lake Taupō

Introduced by Cimino Cole 10 June 2011 Corrected 26 June 2014 With the Mahurangi Action Plan ultimately calling for the planting of more than 10‍ ‍million trees, coupled with the high cost of establishing indigenous species, the realisation soon dawned that, without a...

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Kinked root underlines open-ground strongpoint

One field day was never going to do it. Five field days might start to do justice to Gary Heaven and Shelley Trotter’s deer farming, farm forestry, riparian restoration, walkway and winery projects and operations. The previous field day, held in February, had left...

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Mya’s soil- and harbour-saving message on open-ground

I am explaining the importance of open-ground plants… …because I think open-ground is the best way to provide plants to plant along the edges of rivers and streams. We need these areas planted to protect the Mahurangi’s benthic community, which are the horse mussels,...

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Not perfect but a field day and a half

The preceding two days’ weather had precipitated a trickle of apologies. However the day dawned as fine as the forecast charts, stemming what otherwise might have become a flood of cancellations, and vindicating the decision to charter a bus. With the relief that...

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Open-ground indigenous plants establishment trials

Report to the Sustainable Farming Fund Aotearoa leads the world in radiata pine forestry. It also leads the world in radiata pine forestry nursery practices. Consequently, it is surprising that indigenous nursery practices have failed to piggyback on the success of…

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Science to underpin a revolution measuring success

Corrected 13 April 2014 Six thousand, two hundred and forty trees measured. To be precise, some were not so much measured, as their death or absence noted. Even so, research technician Michael Bergin took more than 18 000 measurements, the cack-handed editor’s...

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Time to cough up for key advice

Planting days 20–22 November 2008 Site Hepburn Creek Landing, Hepburn Creek Key advice leading to the open-ground project came from a person with no interest in open-ground methods whatsoever. It began with a silver bullet mission. Could harakeke, produced in bulk and...

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Raising plants open-ground

Raising plants open-ground can seem counterintuitive. It is easy to imagine that the best start in life a plant can have is to be lovingly raised in a pot in a nursery, and then carefully planted. But for foresters, raising plants in pots is downright …...

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Mahurangi helping Taupō, Taupō helping Mahurangi

Corrected 25 March 2012 In February 2007, a $81.5 million fund was established to protect Lake Taupō. The strategy was to head off the sort of degradation that Rotorua has been fighting at enormous expense for three decades, and will probably be fighting for at least...

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Open-ground indigenous plant trials another string

Dr David Bergin is well underway laying out the second and third open-ground trial sites, at Silverdale, using another mile of string and three of his adult and late teens children. The site beside Sandspit Road is textbook—imminently accessible and sufficiently large...

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Open-ground open day that was a milestone

Milestone has become a somewhat devalued word. The open-ground open day at Taupō on Saturday was one of the stages that are termed milestones in the project’s contract with the Sustainable Farming Fund. Some of the milestones are rather minor, but not this one—it was...

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Open-ground open day at Taupō Native Plant Nursery

Taupō is a long way from the Mahurangi. So why, the reader may wonder, this interest in the Taupō Native Plant Nursery. The full story is elsewhere, but briefly, it has everything to do with the elevated sediment accumulation rate in the Mahurangi Harbour. The source...

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Open-ground indigenous plant kick-start

Published in hardcopy Mahurangi Magazine as Indigenous Plant Kick-Start Subedited and republished 6 May 2014 …kick-start something that has stalled… It was right there, in the Sustainable Farming Fund criteria: …the project will make a positive difference by actively...

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