Support the Paekawakawa Reserve track improvements

By Jason Bragg

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Support The Paekawakawa Reserve Track Improvements

Project 2021-10-13 14:50:11 +1300

Walking through the Paekawakawa Reserve in Island Bay has become an increasingly popular place now that a track connects the valley to Tawatawa and Manawa Karioi Reserves. The lower section of the track needs upgrading to keep everyone safe and to ensure the tracks are usable in all weather.

This PledgeMe campaign is your opportunity to support our fundraising drive to build steps on the reserve tracks in return for a jar or two of locally harvested bush honey.

Wait. Honey? How does honey come into it?

Spring time growth of the hive

A local beekeeper (Jason who lives on Ribble Street) has introduced 2 beehives into the lower valley of Paekawakawa. We hope the bees will increase pollination of the regenerating native bush, add to the biodiversity and the resulting honey harvest is available as a fundraising opportunity for the community Trust.

OK. Tell me more about Paekawakawa Reserve.

The reserve forms part of the prominent ridge in Island Bay and takes its name — meaning the place of many Kawakawa — from the Māori name for the local area. Entrance into the reserve is off Derwent Street. The public can explore the lower valley tracks or traverse up the vally to connect with Manawa Karioi Reserve and onwards to Tawatawa Reserve.

 

The 1.4 ha (3.5 acre) area of land was purchased by the Island Bay Natural Heritage Charitable Trust from a property developer in 2006 and is now protected under an Open Space Covenant with the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. The Reserve is owned by the community and administered by the Trust thanks to a small army of volunteers who clear the weeds and plant trees.  

The Trust has support of Wellington City Coucil for a number of activities however external funding needs to be found to pay for materials to build and construct steps heading up the valley. The Trust plans to build similar steps in difficult to navigate areas (Photo below left) to those already installed on the Paekawakawa Link track (Photo below right).

Before After

 

Sounds great. What can I do?

Show your support for the reserve by clicking offering a pledge now. We are offering rewards of honey as a sweetener but there are also feel good cash donation rewards available for super supporters.

This season's honey will be harvested in February ready for extraction by a commercial extractor, tested and labelled for food safe purposes in accordance with Food Act 2014. You should expect delivery of your honey in late February. 

Our local beekeeper (Jason Bragg who lives on Ribble Street) is volunterring his time to manage the beehives.

Delivery in Wellington city is free. All other destinations will incur a postage fee.

 

Thanks to Steve Unwin from Clockwork Creative for producing the video for us.

 

Comments

Updates 4

Honey update for pledgers to Paekawakawa Reserve

25/03/2022 at 2:34 PM

Hello Pledger,

 

Firstly thank you for your support in raising money for Paekawakawa Reserve. It has been awesome to see so much support for such a great little community reserve.

 

All up we received 42 pledges raising a total of $2035. After expenses to extract, treat, jar, label and test the honey we have raised a total of $1412.27 that will go towards improving the track.

 

The harvest has been completed and delivery of honey will happen over the next few days. So keep a lookout in your letter box or doorstep over the weekend.

 

The honey is a very light, creamy honey with a hint of salted caramel. It tastes delicious. The white colour indicates nectar has been gathered from our local Pohutakawa trees and naturally crystallizes firm in the jar. Keep the honey in a warm room to soften it if you prefer.

 

We were able to harvest more than expected and as a bonus I have increased the jar size by 20% (up from 500gm to 600gm). Speaking of jars, I looked at a range of different jars to use. We wanted to stay away from plastic and eventually settled on mostly using cardboard jars which can be composted after use.

 

Some of the additional harvest was extracted into glass jars to provide a longer shelf life and is still available to purchase directly from me by email or via the Paekawakawa facebook page.

 

     

The bees settled into Paekawakawa really well and they seem very happy in there little corner of the reserve.  We have plans to increase the number of hives and repeat the fundraising again next year.

If you have any questions or queries please let me know.

Thanks,

 

Jason

You need to pledge to see this update.

Check out this article on Paekawawkawa Reserve

08/12/2021 at 8:53 PM

If you are interested in some history on how Paekawakawa Reserve came about this article is the one you need to read. 

https://shiftchange.org.nz/2019/07/18/reserving-hope/

The bees arrive at Paekawakawa Reserve

06/12/2021 at 1:57 PM

We delivered the bees on a misty late November day. The bees have settled in nicely and have continued their early summer expansion.

Thanks to Steve from Clockwork Creative Production for documenting the arrival. 

    Pledgers 42

    Leah
    2022-01-25 21:23:33 +1300

    "I love this track and often use it for running and family walks. It’s so nice to have such a close by connection to the bush. "

    Tom Donoghue
    2022-01-23 15:23:28 +1300
    Katherine
    2022-01-16 15:43:13 +1300

    "Had a lovely walk on the track this morning, so happy to support this project"

    Anonymous pledger
    2022-01-11 10:05:37 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2022-01-09 21:47:36 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-12-28 03:20:25 +1300
    Hannah Cameron
    2021-12-25 17:13:42 +1300

    "Pledging in the name of the Pugh family from Lancashire, England."

    Chris Livesey
    2021-12-22 15:12:01 +1300
    John Moore
    2021-12-21 16:50:56 +1300

    "Nice work - love this!! (And no need for leg day Jason!) Love the video too..."

    Shallcrass Dave
    2021-12-21 14:45:23 +1300

    "Great work!"

    Annie Yeates
    2021-12-20 20:03:16 +1300

    "Awesome idea! Thanks Jason :)"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-12-20 13:43:32 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-12-19 20:18:52 +1300
    James Goodwill
    2021-12-19 10:00:14 +1300

    "I love Paekawakawa - so grateful for this work"

    Don Spence
    2021-12-17 07:40:07 +1300
    Brian McGlinchy
    2021-12-16 18:43:00 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-12-16 15:08:43 +1300
    Sonya Cameron
    2021-12-16 12:47:42 +1300
    Peter Kerr
    2021-12-16 10:41:37 +1300

    "Best kept secret of a track in Wellington"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-12-16 10:37:42 +1300

    "More pollinators, more flowers, more flower consumers, more biodiversity and improved access to it. It's a win-win."

    Amy Allen
    2021-12-15 22:50:25 +1300

    "This donation is on behalf of my partner Carl Ede an Island Bay resident since birth 1979 and a keen dog walker in this area. "

    Michelle Wanwimolruk
    2021-12-15 00:51:16 +1300

    "Good luck guys! Awesome project!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-12-14 13:03:47 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2021-12-13 14:37:58 +1300

    "Great work!"

    Angie
    2021-12-12 09:10:07 +1300
    Julie
    2021-12-11 16:38:51 +1300

    "Good luck! Love this area"

    Anonymous pledger
    2021-12-11 13:01:39 +1300
    Michelle Dagg
    2021-12-11 11:35:40 +1300

    "Great work thanks Jason and Sarah"

    Sarah Newman
    2021-12-10 10:59:05 +1300
    Michelle Strand
    2021-12-10 07:10:58 +1300

    "Thank you so much for the amazing tracks!"

    Followers 1

    Followers of Support the Paekawakawa Reserve track improvements

    Support The Paekawakawa Reserve Track Improvements

    Project 2021-10-13 14:50:11 +1300

    Walking through the Paekawakawa Reserve in Island Bay has become an increasingly popular place now that a track connects the valley to Tawatawa and Manawa Karioi Reserves. The lower section of the track needs upgrading to keep everyone safe and to ensure the tracks are usable in all weather.

    This PledgeMe campaign is your opportunity to support our fundraising drive to build steps on the reserve tracks in return for a jar or two of locally harvested bush honey.

    Wait. Honey? How does honey come into it?

    Spring time growth of the hive

    A local beekeeper (Jason who lives on Ribble Street) has introduced 2 beehives into the lower valley of Paekawakawa. We hope the bees will increase pollination of the regenerating native bush, add to the biodiversity and the resulting honey harvest is available as a fundraising opportunity for the community Trust.

    OK. Tell me more about Paekawakawa Reserve.

    The reserve forms part of the prominent ridge in Island Bay and takes its name — meaning the place of many Kawakawa — from the Māori name for the local area. Entrance into the reserve is off Derwent Street. The public can explore the lower valley tracks or traverse up the vally to connect with Manawa Karioi Reserve and onwards to Tawatawa Reserve.

     

    The 1.4 ha (3.5 acre) area of land was purchased by the Island Bay Natural Heritage Charitable Trust from a property developer in 2006 and is now protected under an Open Space Covenant with the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. The Reserve is owned by the community and administered by the Trust thanks to a small army of volunteers who clear the weeds and plant trees.  

    The Trust has support of Wellington City Coucil for a number of activities however external funding needs to be found to pay for materials to build and construct steps heading up the valley. The Trust plans to build similar steps in difficult to navigate areas (Photo below left) to those already installed on the Paekawakawa Link track (Photo below right).

    Before After

     

    Sounds great. What can I do?

    Show your support for the reserve by clicking offering a pledge now. We are offering rewards of honey as a sweetener but there are also feel good cash donation rewards available for super supporters.

    This season's honey will be harvested in February ready for extraction by a commercial extractor, tested and labelled for food safe purposes in accordance with Food Act 2014. You should expect delivery of your honey in late February. 

    Our local beekeeper (Jason Bragg who lives on Ribble Street) is volunterring his time to manage the beehives.

    Delivery in Wellington city is free. All other destinations will incur a postage fee.

     

    Thanks to Steve Unwin from Clockwork Creative for producing the video for us.

     

    Comments

    Honey update for pledgers to Paekawakawa Reserve

    25/03/2022 at 2:34 PM

    Hello Pledger,

     

    Firstly thank you for your support in raising money for Paekawakawa Reserve. It has been awesome to see so much support for such a great little community reserve.

     

    All up we received 42 pledges raising a total of $2035. After expenses to extract, treat, jar, label and test the honey we have raised a total of $1412.27 that will go towards improving the track.

     

    The harvest has been completed and delivery of honey will happen over the next few days. So keep a lookout in your letter box or doorstep over the weekend.

     

    The honey is a very light, creamy honey with a hint of salted caramel. It tastes delicious. The white colour indicates nectar has been gathered from our local Pohutakawa trees and naturally crystallizes firm in the jar. Keep the honey in a warm room to soften it if you prefer.

     

    We were able to harvest more than expected and as a bonus I have increased the jar size by 20% (up from 500gm to 600gm). Speaking of jars, I looked at a range of different jars to use. We wanted to stay away from plastic and eventually settled on mostly using cardboard jars which can be composted after use.

     

    Some of the additional harvest was extracted into glass jars to provide a longer shelf life and is still available to purchase directly from me by email or via the Paekawakawa facebook page.

     

         

    The bees settled into Paekawakawa really well and they seem very happy in there little corner of the reserve.  We have plans to increase the number of hives and repeat the fundraising again next year.

    If you have any questions or queries please let me know.

    Thanks,

     

    Jason

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    Check out this article on Paekawawkawa Reserve

    08/12/2021 at 8:53 PM

    If you are interested in some history on how Paekawakawa Reserve came about this article is the one you need to read. 

    https://shiftchange.org.nz/2019/07/18/reserving-hope/

    The bees arrive at Paekawakawa Reserve

    06/12/2021 at 1:57 PM

    We delivered the bees on a misty late November day. The bees have settled in nicely and have continued their early summer expansion.

    Thanks to Steve from Clockwork Creative Production for documenting the arrival. 

      Leah
      2022-01-25 21:23:33 +1300

      "I love this track and often use it for running and family walks. It’s so nice to have such a close by connection to the bush. "

      Tom Donoghue
      2022-01-23 15:23:28 +1300
      Katherine
      2022-01-16 15:43:13 +1300

      "Had a lovely walk on the track this morning, so happy to support this project"

      Anonymous pledger
      2022-01-11 10:05:37 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2022-01-09 21:47:36 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-12-28 03:20:25 +1300
      Hannah Cameron
      2021-12-25 17:13:42 +1300

      "Pledging in the name of the Pugh family from Lancashire, England."

      Chris Livesey
      2021-12-22 15:12:01 +1300
      John Moore
      2021-12-21 16:50:56 +1300

      "Nice work - love this!! (And no need for leg day Jason!) Love the video too..."

      Shallcrass Dave
      2021-12-21 14:45:23 +1300

      "Great work!"

      Annie Yeates
      2021-12-20 20:03:16 +1300

      "Awesome idea! Thanks Jason :)"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-12-20 13:43:32 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-12-19 20:18:52 +1300
      James Goodwill
      2021-12-19 10:00:14 +1300

      "I love Paekawakawa - so grateful for this work"

      Don Spence
      2021-12-17 07:40:07 +1300
      Brian McGlinchy
      2021-12-16 18:43:00 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-12-16 15:08:43 +1300
      Sonya Cameron
      2021-12-16 12:47:42 +1300
      Peter Kerr
      2021-12-16 10:41:37 +1300

      "Best kept secret of a track in Wellington"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-12-16 10:37:42 +1300

      "More pollinators, more flowers, more flower consumers, more biodiversity and improved access to it. It's a win-win."

      Amy Allen
      2021-12-15 22:50:25 +1300

      "This donation is on behalf of my partner Carl Ede an Island Bay resident since birth 1979 and a keen dog walker in this area. "

      Michelle Wanwimolruk
      2021-12-15 00:51:16 +1300

      "Good luck guys! Awesome project!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-12-14 13:03:47 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2021-12-13 14:37:58 +1300

      "Great work!"

      Angie
      2021-12-12 09:10:07 +1300
      Julie
      2021-12-11 16:38:51 +1300

      "Good luck! Love this area"

      Anonymous pledger
      2021-12-11 13:01:39 +1300
      Michelle Dagg
      2021-12-11 11:35:40 +1300

      "Great work thanks Jason and Sarah"

      Sarah Newman
      2021-12-10 10:59:05 +1300
      Michelle Strand
      2021-12-10 07:10:58 +1300

      "Thank you so much for the amazing tracks!"

      Followers of Support the Paekawakawa Reserve track improvements

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