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Have you often wished you were more proficient in identifying and naming our native plants? Wanted to learn the botanical names, but have kept putting it off?

Here's a chance in 2017, to take up that new language and with other native plant enthusiasts, learn to identify and name our common local species.

The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is our classroom, studying initially the trees and plants along the visitor loop track.  From May 3rd we will meet fortnightly and go to a variety of native bush reserves, as well as the Brook Sanctuary.

This is a “from the ground up” shared learning experience in the outdoors, for beginners (and near-beginners) with some input from a few people more knowledgeable than myself. Suggested titles of reference material will be supplied.

As our contribution to the Sanctuary, Rick Field, Education Officer, has suggested we might prepare a brochure of some of the notable plants along the track, illustrated with brief notes, which can be produced as a guide for visiting families. Now, there’s a goal, in addition to our own learning.

The group is open to any members interested in furthering their knowledge of New Zealand's native plants in the local area.


Convenor;  Grace Sutherland

There are currently no vacancies in this group. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list, or to spearhead a similar group, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.