Welcome to Omori Kuratau
Starting 100 metres before the Omori Store, the speed limit is now 50 kph and this
50 kph limit continues for all of Omori Road and for all of Kuratau. The 50 kph limit is
there for very good reasons. The 'village' is a haven for walkers, runners, children,
dog walkers and cyclists who are simply out to enjoy themselves in a relaxed state of
mind without being put in danger by speeding vehicles.
Omori/Kuratau is also 'home to the birds' and too many birds are killed every year by
vehicles going too fast and being unable to avoid low flying birds. Hundreds of hours have
been put in by the Pest Management Group over many years to bring back our birds.
You can show your support for our programme by sticking to the 50 kph speed limit.
PROBLEM WEED TREES/SHRUBS IN OMORI & KURATAU
PROBLEM ONE – COTONEASTER also known as bright bead cotoneaster, Cotoneaster serotinus
Originally from China and the Himalayas, cotoneaster (ko/tone/e/aster) is
a fast spreading evergreen shrub and small tree. Clusters of small white
flowers appear from October to January followed by scarlet or orange
berries from February to August.
Why is it a problem? Cotoneaster matures quickly and produces dense
stands that out-competes and often smothers and replaces other shrub and
native species. Once established, it completely prevents the establishment
of all other species except weedy vines.
Where do we find it? It thrives in a wide variety of habitats: damp and drought
conditions; hot and cold temperatures; salty conditions; a wide range of soils
and is also both shade and direct sunshine tolerant. Birds distribute the seeds
widely and infestations are commonly found in hedges, roadsides, gardens
quarries, on the perimeters (and in) native bush and forest margins – especially
re-generating native bush; gullies, bluffs; rocky sites; slips and beside river/streams.
In Omori Kuratau cotoneaster is widely established in most streets and in many
(if not most) gardens. People have also unkowingly grown it as a hedge plant.
How to control it. Plan to control wide areas to minimise reseeding by birds. Dig
out small plants all year round and leave on site to rot down. Cut down and paint
stump with glyphosate (all year round) – best done in summer and autumn. Smaller
infestations can also be sprayed with a strong glyphosate solution. Stumps – even
painted ones can also re-sprout and need further swabbing or spraying. Once taken
out, replant the area with dense ground cover and/or shrubs to prevent regrowth.
PROBLEM TWO – CORIARIA - NZ NATIVE PLANT KNOWN AS TUTU
There a six native species of plants known as Tutu in New Zealand. This plant has
attracted much attention because of its poisonous properties. All parts of the plant
are poisonous and the ingestion of its small black/red berries is the usual cause
of poisoning. Tutu is a shrub that can grow to a height of about 20ft. It has been
responsible for the greatest percentage of stock and sheep poisoning in NZ and
farmers are very aware to clear their paddocks of Tutu. Occasionally poisoning of
humans is reported and has often been associated with eating the honeydew
poison collected by bees. The purplish black seeds contain 5-6 very poisonous
seeds and must not be eaten – especially by children.
How to control it. Tutu grows in bush remnants and road margins and often in
places humans have modified. Two treatments are very successful. Spray with
Gazron and Tordon Brushkiller and cut stump spraying and painting with the
previous procucts is very successful. Make sure any re-growth is immediately
sprayed and stumps re-sprayed or re-painted.
PLEASE KEEP TO THE NEW SPEED LIMIT
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