Chairman's Report

This past year has brought us to a conclusion in regards to our community restoration project.

After a number of attempts to find a suitable location for our branch to implement the philosophy and the spirit of our institute the branch opted to begin work on Nicholson Park and Whitewash Head.
Keith Briden has spent some years working on the Whitewash Head and was keen to extend this to include Nicholson Park. Keith has done a huge amount of work on the Whitewash Head walkway and now with the help of the Canterbury Branch of the NZBI we can include Nicholson Park as part of the restoration in the area.
Keith and I representing the Canterbury Branch of the NZBI, applied to DoC for a community restoration grant to provide plants and equipment for these two sites. This application was successful and we now have some $20,000 to spend on plants over the next 3 years.
The restoration work has already made a big difference to the weeds in Nicholson Park and after 4 weeks of removing the big weedy plants there are now wonderful open spaces ready for native plants.
The work, we as a branch, are doing at these sites will continue for some years and we hope that the branch and its future members will continue to support the work Keith and the rest of us are doing.
I hope that the committed few who have turned up at weeding days and future planting days will be supported by more members from the branch in the future so we can show the community what the Canterbury Branch of the NZBI is all about.
A really very big thank you must go out to Keith Briden and also to all those who have given up a day in their weekends or during the week to help prepare Nicholson Park for planting. Your efforts are really appreciated.
Our social events over the past year have revolved around Nicholson Park.
We organised 2 days at Nicholson Park as weed removal days primarily to remove and kill boneseed from the entire park. These days were quite well attended and those of us that did come along achieved a great deal in quite a short time.
We held a Christmas function at the Taylor’s Mistake Surf Lifesaving Clubrooms after completing a weedbusting walk along Whitewash Head walkway chopping down tree lucerne, boneseed, broom, boxthorn, buckthorn and other weedy things along the way. A BBQ of steak, chops, scallops, crayfish, sausages, salads, bread, etc, etc, was enjoyed by the 14 or so people who came along.
We then held a Weedbusters community awards presentation day at Nicholson Park in conjunction with DoC and the regional/city councils to present these awards to people and groups committed to community restoration projects. This was a great occasion with around 30 people present who started by planting and weeding parts of Nicholson Park with us and then enjoying a wonderful BBQ put on by the city council park ranger service. Keith Briden was the individual community weedbusting hero award winner for his innovative work in the Taylor’s Mistake area removing boneseed.
I am hopeful that we will be able to make more fun social days working on the park and the walkway as part of our Canterbury Branch NZBI activities. There are some 70 registered members of this branch and it would be really great to see more of you at these social working activities.
Hugh Gourlay (Chairman)


Great News!!!!!!!


We have been successful in getting funding from DOC and the Community Conservation Fund to do some weed management and restoration to Nicholson Park and the Whitewash Head to Godley Head walkway.

So we need to meet up to discuss who will do what, how we will do this, when we do it, and what we said we would do.

$23,000 has been allocated to our NZBI Branch to weed and then restore these areas so let's get behind this fantastic opportunity - ALL OF US!!!!!!

We are probably the first and only NZBI branch to have funds like this to work on and restore a local treasure.

I suggest we meet together at Nicholson Park, if fine, or Taylor's Mistake Surf Lifesaving club rooms, if not, and have a few drinks and nibbles and do some talking.

Sundays suit me: The 19 th of April or the 3rd May at 3pm.

Let me know what suits you all and I will confirm a day and time.

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Members of the Canterbury Branch got together for a Christmas barbecue on Friday, November 28, after a working bee controlling boneseed along the walkway from Nicholson Park down to the Taylors Mistake Surf Living Club. It was a pleasant, quiet affair with a superb feed of prawns, crayfish, scallops (hunted and gathered by Keith the day before) as well as other barbecue treats, all enjoyed while looking out over fantastic surf views – a great reward for the team’s boneseed control efforts.

Keith Briden has put in an application to DOC under the Community Conservation Fund on behalf of the NZBI Canterbury Branch for a restoration project along the Nicholson Park and Taylors Mistake Walkway.

The funding will help with weed clearance and native plantings. The NZBI Canterbury branch thanks Keith for his time and effort in processing this application on our behalf.

Gemma Bradfield
Executive Member
Canterbury Branch

Keith Briden, Nick Ledgard, Richard Hill,
Hugh Gourlay and Ravi Kusack relax in
the Taylors Mistake Surf Life Saving Club
after the Canterbury Branch’s working
bee controlling boneseed.
Canterbury branch member Nick Ledgard on the beach at Taylors Mistake.