Tag: Community Initiatives

Youthful Exuberance – the Creation of Experience

Spending the day with members of the Department of Conservation’s Youth Development course is always a great physical and mental challenge, but always a very rewarding one. This week the group assembled at Allan’s Beach on the Otago Peninsula to undertake some weeding and planting at the pikao plot established as a partnership between Spiralis Ltd, Portobello School and community…

Portobello School’s Pikao Planting Day

With some tough wind and sea conditions on the Otago Peninsula and a tired sea-lion weighing several hundred kilogram’s squashing pikao (Ficinia spiralis) while it snoozes in comfort, Allan’s Beach has had some tough times to deal with lately. A combination of south-westerly and easterly swells and high tides have  continued to erode the foredune toe of the area and along the beach for nearly 600-800…

Writing for Wetlands

Spiralis Director Paul Pope has recently published an article for New Zealand Local Government Magazine on community initiatives in wetland management. The article discusses how local government and agencies respond to those initiatives and how they can be collaborators rather than administrators who share their skills with the community to ensure a project’s success. The development of community…

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…