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Living and learning in nature

Living and learning in nature

The outdoors is widely recognised as an essential part of a child’s learning and personal development with many early childhood centres extending and enhancing their outdoor spaces. Henderson’s Living and Learning Family Centre has recently achieved this with a new, contemporary playground amongst a natural bush environment.

Posted on November 26, 2014

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Creating a Unique Tropical Garden

Creating a Unique Tropical Garden

Mark Read, senior landscape designer at Natural Habitats, and winner of numerous landscape design awards over the last few years, knows the importance of plant selection in creating gardens of distinction. One of Mark’s favourites is the tropical garden. His resort style tropical gardens are created for a seamless balance between nature and a residential […]

Posted on October 30, 2014

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Designing the ideal apiary site

Designing the ideal apiary site

As hive numbers climb to in excess of half a million nationally, it is becoming increasingly apparent that there is a need for good wintering/spring sites to successfully winter bees and provide sufficient forage for them to build up in the spring. The task of successful beekeeping is to build up hives in the spring […]

Posted on September 26, 2014

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What is eco-sourcing?

What is eco-sourcing?

Eco-sourcing is used during restoration or replanting projects. It is simply harvesting seeds from local vegetation for the propagation of plants to be replanted in the same ecological district in the future, to help maintain and protect the biodiversity of the native vegetation in an ecological district.

Posted on August 28, 2014

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Manuka & Kanuka: Identify these two species

Manuka & Kanuka: Identify these two species

Although Manuka (kahikatoa) and Kanuka have a superficial similarity and are collectively known as ‘tea trees’, they are genetically very distinct from each other. Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium), called ‘tea tree’ by Captain Cook, is a rather variable plant ranging from flat creeping forms and small shrubs to tall trees (up to 4m tall). Although variable, […]

Posted on July 30, 2014

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Trees for Bees all abuzz about bee health

Trees for Bees all abuzz about bee health

The future of the world’s food production is under threat and it’s all due to the disappearing honey bee, as across the world they succumb to pests and disease. The humble honey bee is hugely important to agriculture and farming. As pollinators, they play an essential role in fertilising plants so that they produce food. […]

Posted on June 30, 2014

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Floating Wetlands

Floating Wetlands

Effluent Ponds are a necessary evil of Dairy Farming. 
They are a source of pollution, smell and visible unattractiveness if not managed well. Kauri Park Nurseries has developed a unique floating wetland system which can be used to remove pollutants from an effluent pond. The plants are planted on the floating wetland and send their […]

Posted on May 29, 2014

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Wetland Management

Wetland Management

Wetlands offer an enormous amount of ecological and economic benefits if well-managed and protected. It just makes sense! Wetlands are home to a wide range of plant species, aquatic creatures, and bird life. Many of these unique, natural habitats are located on agricultural land, making farmers the primary custodians. Wetlands play a valuable role in […]

Posted on April 30, 2014

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Manuka. A $1B industry by 2025

Manuka. A $1B industry by 2025

Manuka Forestry, for honey and oil production, has a bright future for New Zealand. At a recent forum in Masterton, Dr Peter Molan, the pioneer of Manuka honey research, gave an illuminating presentation on the medicinal power of Manuka honey through its unique property of Methyl Glyoxol (MGO), a long lasting anti bacterial enzyme, not […]

Posted on March 31, 2014

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Riparian planting

Riparian planting

Farmers across New Zealand are being encouraged to revegetate riparian areas and fence off waterways to improve water quality and reduce run-off. The activities aim to reduce nutrient, sediment and bacteria build-up in waterways and wetlands and involve restricting livestock movements and planting native, low-growing, flood tolerant species. The benefits are three-fold with the plantings […]

Posted on February 25, 2014

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