This page has been superceded by our new Pest Plant Campaign - please click here to find the link:
2018-2019 Pest Plant Campaign
WHY TARGET THE PEST PLANTS?
Moth Plant, Wild Ginger, Woolly Nightshade and other pest plants are invading Kaipātiki! If left to grow they smother native bush, take over back yards and de-stabilise our native ecology. Are these pest weeds taking over your backyard or neighbourhood? It’s time to flush 'em out!
FREE KAIPATIKI OF THESE NASTY PEST PLANTS
Recognize pest plants using the North Shore Forest & Bird Weed Control Guide
Report pest plants sites using the Ecotrack app (link below)
Remove pest plants
Use our the information in the North Shore Forest & Bird Weed Control Guide and the factsheets (below)
Pick up tools from us at the PFK Toolshed
Talk to your neighbours about getting a team together to clear your street of moth plant, wild ginger, woolly nightshade and other pests
Dispose of the pods and seed heads in our disposal bins (see below)
Volunteer for a 'Hit Squad' - sign up using the Volunteer Sign Up form and we will put you in touch with a team to target sites in your area...
Restore native biodiversity by joining a restoration group
HOW TO REMOVE THE 'DIRTY DUO'
In 2017-2018, we were targetting the 'dirty duo' of Moth Plant and Wild Ginger.
Download the fact sheets below to learn how to remove these weeds safely and effectively, so they won't create more seedlings or resprout next year.
Moth Plant (Araujia hortorum)
aka Moth Vine or Cruel Plant
Wild Ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum)
aka Kahili Ginger
Moth Plant advice in Chinese?
If you have neighbours who'd welcome some moth plant information in Chinese, click here for the Auckland Council brochure Moth plant brochure in CHINESE
Council also has a range of weed brochures in Chinese - ask at your local library.
DISPOSAL BINS for SERIOUSLY INVASIVE PEST PLANTS
At regular intervals, there will be FREE DISPOSAL BINS in handy locations throughout Kaipātiki, for you to drop off and dispose of any part of the following environmental weeds which may regrow:
Moth Plant - pods, seeds, roots
Wild Ginger - seed and flower heads, rhizomes and roots
Madeira Vine - aerial nodules, flowers, seeds, root
Woolly Nightshade, Privet and Loquat - fruit
These will be taken away and hot-composted wherever possible to ensure the seeds are destroyed. For more details, click here.
Please bring plant material (especially moth plant pods and madeira vine) in a strong securely tied rubbish bag and leave it tied up at the disposal site. Allow any remaining plant material (eg vines, leaves and stems) to rot on site, or dispose of with your general garden waste.
Beach Haven: discontinued
Birkenhead: Huka Road - bottom of the road on the left
See PFK on Facebook for updates and Events page for community activities.
DOWNLOAD THE APP TO HELP GET RID OF PEST PLANTS
Create a login and start reporting ANY sites with Moth Plant or Wild Ginger (or Climbing Asparagus or Woolly Nightshade) in the Kaipātiki Local Board area, using your android or iphone:
Why use an app? Reporting wild ginger and moth plant in your neighbourhood - on public or private land - will enable our team to map the spread of these weeds in Kaipātiki AND help manage and allocate weed work to our volunteer hit squad and contractors. (Note - you can also report other Dirty Dozen weeds using the app.)
BE IN TO WIN A $250 BACKYARD TIDY UP!
Many thanks to Te Ngahere for sponsoring our backyard tidyup award. Entries are now closed. Watch this space or go to our AGM on 29 October.
THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS
This campaign was made possible by additional funding from DOC and Pest Free Auckland - in addition to the generous ongoing support from Kaipātiki Local Board and the Birkenhead Licensing Trust.