Category: Spiralis Environmental Solutions

Wetland Restoration – A Collaborative Approach?

The recently reported disagreement between the Otago Regional Council and Fish and Game over the resource consent for a 60 hectare wetland restoration project being undertaken by Fish and Game is deeply worrying in the context of regional wetland restoration efforts. The decision by the Otago Regional Council to recommend declining the application  coupled with the removal of Fish…

A Cool Drink of Water

The management of water in as key resource to human welfare, agriculture, recreation and ecology and a cornerstone of resource management. However, water management is becoming an issue that is fast reaching a critical mass locally in Otago and throughout New Zealand. The government’s decision to continue to sell assets despite the Waitangi Tribunal’s recent request to resolve the ownership…

Spiralis Ltd Sponsors Pikao Planting

Pikao or pingao (Ficinia spiralis) is a beautiful golden sedge that once covered the coastal sand dunes from Northland to Stewart Island. In Otago pikao is largely missing from the coastal dune systems where it was once  prevalent due to imported marram grass (Amophila arenaria) that has largely dominated dune systems since its introduction in the 1890’s. Today, on the Otago…

Working In Your Own Backyard

One of the enjoyable things about running an environmental consultancy is being involved in the local community. These type of projects tend to be reasonably low-key and often quite small revolving around a specific problem or area. Three years ago the Portobello Bowling Club were wondering what to do with a creek that they had running through their…

Having an Island Holiday

For some people having an “island” holiday experience usually involves going to a tropical hotspot like Fiji, Samoa or Phuket, contemplating warm tropical beaches, exotic food and gaining a late Autumn tan as we prepare for the depths of another southern winter. However, Paul Pope from Spiralis Ltd recently took a week-long “island” cruise on a fishing…

Waihola Wetlands Walk

Sunday 25th March was a cool but fine day for the Lake Waihola Waipori Wetlands Society’s 10km “Wetland Walk“. One hundred walkers of all ages took the opportunity to explore a unique and largely unknown area of the south-western side of Lake Waihola. Local landowners generously opened up their properties to the participants which provided an opportunity to…

National Wetlands Symposium

The National Wetland Symposium held this week in Invercargill was attended by nearly 200 delegates. The symposium draws together  practitioners, scientists, and local government agency staff from throughout the country. Spiralis Ltd was represented by Paul Pope who presented a paper on his project management of the Waihola Waipori Wetlands weed control programme. The variety of papers and…

Craigieburn Award

Congratulations to the Dunedin Amenities Society for being awarded the Taylor Shield at the Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards recently. The award for the Craigieburn Reserve near Ross Creek recognises the restoration of a unique ecological and heritage site that provides a wonderful glimpse into early colonial Dunedin. Paul Pope from Spiralis has project managed the undertaking, supervising the…