Getting the natives back at the far end of Karori

Florence Ligar-Popovics came up to me at one of our Halo Happy Hours at the Sprig and Fern in Thorndon. She was so excited about the work being done by FROKS who are a terrific bunch of people getting the Natives back to the far end of Karori. I’ll let Florence tell you more.

Thanks Nick and Hullo.

FROKS stands for Friends and Residents of the Karori Stream. For a bit more than 3 years, we’ve been restoring the flora from the car park of the Makara bike park to the end of South Karori Road.

In this time, we’ve been restoring 6 sites, with one still underway, clearing lots of blackberry which grows rampant in this area.

Before:Froks Pic Before


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We have also started trapping stoats and rats 2 years ago. After a while, we noticed that our seedlings were getting munched. We did suspect possums, and started trapping possums as well last summer. We’ve already caught 7 since then, 2 in last month’s check!

Trapped possum FROKSOne of those possums:

If you would also like to get this remarkable piece of quietness full of birds, or are looking for a nice friendly workout once a month, here are the ways you can help us:

– Join our planting and weeding team

Meets are roughly once a month. We have a mailing list that will let you know when our next planting days are. All ages and levels of fitness are welcome.

– Join our trapping team

We check our traps once a month, in teams of 2-3 people. It’s a bit gross, but what a nice feeling to know we got rid of those pests!

You can visit our website at or Facebook page at for more information.