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  • 10 Dec 2021 10:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The research programme Beyond Myrtle Rust is asking the tramping and walking community to keep an eye out for the plant disease myrtle rust this summer. The fungus that causes myrtle rust infects exotic and native plants from the myrtle family, including pōhutukawa, rātā, ramarama and mānuka. The disease is most likely to be seen when the weather is warm and wet.  If you find myrtle rust while out and about, please report the find on iNaturalist.


    How to spot it

    Myrtle rust looks like pustules of rust-coloured pollen. The disease is most commonly found on new growth, including young leaves, stems, buds and flowers. When the infected growth starts to die, the bright colour of the pustules fades. Once the new growth dies, the plant can look singed around the edges.

    Other plant diseases can look a little like myrtle rust, so the best indicators are 1) the yellow pustules and 2) the host plant. Myrtle rust only infects plants from the Myrtaceae family.

     

    How to report myrtle rust

    To report a suspected case of myrtle rust, you can download the iNaturalist app onto your phone or make an account on a laptop or desktop. Then follow these steps:

    1. Take a photo of the plant – but don’t touch the diseased area!
    2. Upload photos of the infected plant into a new observation.
    3. In the “what did you see?” section, type in “myrtle rust”.
    4. Depending on your phone’s privacy settings, you may need to add the location manually. Otherwise, the location field should fill in automatically.

    It is very helpful for researchers to know what you think the host plant is. If you’d like to make a guess, please add this to the “Notes” section.

    If you’d like to learn more about myrtle rust research, you can follow Beyond Myrtle Rust on Facebook, Twitter @byondMyrtleRust and Instagram @beyond_myrtle_rust.

  • 7 Dec 2021 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The NZ Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) has upgraded its locator beacon registration database this year, and is inviting all owners of a PLB registered before 25 February 2021 to check and update their details.

    https://www.beacons.org.nz/already-registered-a-beacon/

    Your previous registration information is still held on file in the event of an activation, but owners moving to the new system will be able to amend the registration details themselves (In the past, you had to email changes through, which had to be manually entered by RCC staff).

  • 3 Dec 2021 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Zealand is moving to a new COVID-19 Protection Framework or traffic light system which is replacing the previous system of Alert Levels 1-4.

    As part of this, DOC has decided that from 15 December 2021, eligible people, aged over 12 years and 3 months must be fully vaccinated to stay in DOC accommodation – this includes:

    • Huts,
    • Campsites,
    • Lodges and other sole occupancy facilities,
    • Great Walk huts and campsites
    • Camping by huts (where not a designated campsite)
    • Use of DOC huts or campsite facilities by day visitors (except for toilets).

    All DOC campgrounds and huts will only be open to those who are fully vaccinated. Hut wardens and camp hosts on site and will be checking for vaccination status. When requested you, and eligible members in your party, must show your COVID-19 vaccine verification.

    This measure has been put in place after assessing the risk of infection from COVID-19 to visitors, staff, volunteers and contractors and at DOC’s visitor facilities.

    All customers, including all members of the group aged over 12 years and 3 months, must be fully vaccinated prior to using DOC accommodation or the booking will need to be modified to a time when they are fully vaccinated, or the booking will need to be cancelled.  This will apply to bookings from 15 December 2021.

    DOC will provide a full refund for COVID-19-related cancellations including if people are unwell, subject to travel restrictions, concerned about COVID risks or are not vaccinated.

    To find out more about DOC’s COVID response and policy click here.

    www.doc.govt.nz

  • 3 Dec 2021 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Wednesday 1st December we were lucky enough to have Annalily van den Broeke, outreach coordinator for Ark in the Park (www.arkinthepark.org.nz) give an interesting virtual presentation. This was on the how and why of predator control in the 2270 hectares of the Waitakere Ranges that the volunteers of Ark in the Park look after. If you’re interested to learn more, or would like to help as a trapper or ‘adopt’ a bait line as an individual or as a group (similar to other tramping clubs) rebaiting three times a year, contact her on arkbufferzone@gmail.com . She is also the project manager of the neighbouring wetland conservation project Matuku Link (www.matukulink.org.nz) in Bethells, which has planting and working bee opportunities for fully vaccinated people as well – hello@matukulink.org.nz . Or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArkInTheParkNewZealand/ and www.facebook.com/matukulink

  • 18 Nov 2021 9:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You can view and update your details on the Members page of the club website at nstc.org.nz/members, including:

    • Member profile - change addresses, contacts and email subscriptions
    • Privacy settings - control the data other members can see about you
    • Trip registrations - view your trip registrations
    • Invoices and payments - view your trip and membership invoices, payments and refunds
    • Password - change your password 
  • 13 Nov 2021 12:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Around 154 hectares of coastal land has been vested to Auckland Council, part of a larger 180-hectare addition to the Te Ārai Regional Park, which sits on the north-east Rodney coast. Read more about the addition here, or for information on exploring Te Arai park click here.

  • 13 Nov 2021 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When things don’t go to plan, your physical and emotional state can influence decision-making.  A wrong decision could have a serious, even fatal, outcome. Read more in this Wilderness article on what to do when faced with uncertainty.

  • 15 Oct 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The October edition of the club's emailed newsletter was the last in a PDF format.

    We are replacing it with a news page on the club website at https://www.nstc.org.nz/news, supplemented with emails when required.

    As a result of the changes, you'll see:

    • Better quality photos
    • New forms of media like video
    • Have the ability to add comments (members only)
    • See reports published faster, rather than every two months
    If you have a trip report that you'd like to have published, please send it, with photos, to editor@nstc.org.nz.

    Watch this space, as we'll continue to load trip reports that were previously only published in the club newsletter.

  • 15 Oct 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Update: Vicky has volunteered to be Editor and will start when we run trips again after COVID Level 3.

    Ngozi is retiring as Editor, and on behalf of members, we'd like to thank her for the awesome work she has done.

    We are now seeking a new Editor.  Are you a budding journalist, or just like working with words, who could take on the role?

    It's an important, and rewarding role as it helps keep members engaged with the club, and helps attract new members.

    We are also changing how we publish news to online only, to reduce the time needed to perform the role. The key skills needed:

    • Computer literacy - sufficient to use an equivalent to MS-Word 
    • Attention to detail - ability to spot typos, and present a professional looking, public record to the world
    You are also welcome to join the committee, but it is not a prerequisite.

    Interested? Then please contact John Lamb or a member of the committee.  Contact details are here.

  • 1 Oct 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Club takes your privacy seriously and aims to comply with the new Privacy Act which came into effect in 2020. Personal information is collected to facilitate your participation in club activities and assist with administration of the Club. The Club’s Privacy Officer is our Membership Secretary. Please contact our Membership Secretary if you have any concerns on the use of personal information - membership@nstc.org.nz.

    Your privacy and membership profile settings can be updated by logging onto your Membership details and editing information under your Profile and Privacy Settings.

    The Club shares accounts of its activities with photographs in its Newsletters and other media. This may include names of participants. Our Policy is too only to use first names in publications.

    Your membership is agreement to do this, unless you advise the Club you do not agree.

    If you would like your name and / or image to be omitted from all publications, please advise the Membership Secretary or at time of membership renewal choose the “Opt Out” option under

    > My Profile > Edit Profile > Profile > Personal Profile

    On trips if you do not wish to participant in group photos or be included in individual articles please advise your trip leader.

    If you would like your name and / or image to be omitted from all publications, please advise the Membership Secretary or at time of membership renewal choose the “Opt Out” option under

    > My Profile > Edit Profile > Profile > Personal Profile

    On trips if you do not wish to participant in group photos or be included in individual articles please advise your trip leader.

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