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Dwane's Adopt-A-Spot

Lead Person: Dwane Kokich

Usual number in team: 2 or 3

Start Date: 2000

What inspired us to adopt-a-spot:
In the late '90s the then ranger, David Wright, sprayed German Ivy up and over a bluff and into the teatree beyond. Already a regular volunteer, I carried on spraying the grass further in under the teatree to allow natural regeneration to occur from seeds dropped by birds. However, not only did native trees start sprouting up, so did many wind-blown seeds such as pampas and Mexican Devil, and to a lesser extent, Mexican Daisy. At that point I decided to look after the area, clearing out additional convolvulus and cutting back muehlenbeckia to stop it smothering young trees.


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2000 to 2013

In the late '90s the then ranger, David Wright, sprayed German Ivy up and over a bluff and into the teatree beyond. Already a regular volunteer, I carried on spraying the grass further in under the teatree to allow natural regeneration to occur from seeds dropped by birds. However, not only did native trees start sprouting up, so did many wind-blown seeds such as pampas and Mexican Devil, and to a lesser extent, Mexican Daisy. At that point I decided to look after the area, clearing out additional convolvulus and cutting back muehlenbeckia to stop it smothering young trees.

Many, many people have helped in this spot over the years since 2000, particularly students from Onerahi Primary school in the early years, my wife Angela on numerous occasions and in recent years (to 2012), a regular volunteer to the island, Carol Fielding, helped with getting the Mexican Devil back under control. The area has been extended on a couple of occasions and extensive tree seeds have been broadcast throughout the site with good success. There has also been annual tree planting at the site for many years on a sporadic basis.

The site took a hit with a nasty storm in 2007, laying down swaths of teatree and leaving a three inch layer of chewed leaves everywhere. This area within the site is now thickly covered in coprosma which promptly sprung up soon after. With the family and I overseas for all of 2008 and 2009, Mexican Devil took the opportunity to move back in and by 2010 it was a major weed, chokingly so in places. By 2013 the weeds had all but been removed and this site is now one of the most thickly planted and nicely growing spots on the island. Other than keeping weeds under control, not a lot more needs to be done at this site. Unfortunately (at 2013) we are still battling German Ivy on a hard-to-get-at portion of the bluff.


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