Over 100 people, young and old, armed with spades turned up at Urquhart’s Bay car park last Sunday ready to plant 2000 trees at Bream Head Scenic Reserve.
“It was a bit of an operation to get all the trees at Home Bay, as the ground was still too
soggy to drive them via the track to the planting site. Luckily we were offered the use of a
boat by one of our volunteers and managed to get the trees on site on Saturday, ready for
planting day on Sunday”, says ranger Tom Grinsted.
Sunday turned out to be great planting weather. “Next time we walk through here these trees
will be big”, Darcy King (6) said; he joined the planting event with mum Alicia who said that
she is happy to do their part. Another enthusiastic tree planter was Wendy Bown who is
used to running the track. “I love trees and like to see the change in the ecosystem”, she
It was the first planting day since the myrtle rust outbreak in 2017, which prohibited Bream
Head/Te Whara Conservation Trust from obtaining trees from outside the Reserve.
As a result the Trust started their own nursery with the help of locals Rupert and Wendy
Newbold who offered the use of their land, which borders the Reserve. The Trust also
secured funding from Te Uru Rākau, The WWF and the Tindall Foundation.
“We source our seeds from the Reserve, therefore ensuring these trees have the best
chance of surviving,” says ranger Tom Grinsted, who's in charge of the nursery. “It was
heartening to see many families with young children joining the day. These young kids will
carry on our ecological vision. Many people will enjoy the results of their work in years to
Dane Higgison, year 6 teacher from Whangarei Heads School, has also shown interest in
the nursery. “We are lucky our school is in this beautiful environment and we want our
tamariki to learn about the importance of nature and what bit they can do to restore the
ecology. The Trust gets them involved in planting the seeds, taking care of the seedlings and
planting the trees when ready.”
We farewell Rod, who had a very long relationship with Bream Head/ Te Whara Conservation Trust. He was involved with the Trust from its inception as a volunteer and as a board member.
BHCT is proud to be one of the deserving groups selected to receive funding from the DOC Community Fund to support Threatened Species and Ecosystems!
A big congratulations to our very own Greg Innes who picked up the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Te Taiao’ award at the 2023 Whakamānawa ā Taiao – Environmental Awards on July 22.
Our community planting day will take place on Sunday the 11th of June from 9am to 12 noon. Bring your whanau and friends, and join others in our community.
The timing of the start of our new ranger David Lawrence-Solomon could not have been more fortuitous. His first day on the hill was just after ex-tropical Cyclone Gabrielle had departed.
Northpower Wild Kiwi multi-sport event is on the 11th of March! The first 10 people to make a $100 donation to the Bream Head Conservation Trust will receive a free individual entry ticket (any distance). Get onto it! Be one of the first to donate and get your free ticket to participate in this great event! To claim your ticket send an email to email@example.com
Keep your eye out for the 2022 Te Whara Bream Head Trust newsletter. We've made some hard copies and they're available free of charge at locations around Whangarei Heads. If you're not in the area click See More to go to the newsletter page and you can download a PDF from there.
On Sunday the 11th of September, in the good company of many of our volunteers, friends and the Whangarei Mayor, we celebrated our 20th anniversary. It was the perfect moment to reflect upon what has been achieved over the years.
Bream Head/Te Whara Conservation Trust has appointed Tom Flynn-Plummer as our new head ranger. Tom will start in August and he is replacing Adam Willetts, our head ranger for the last eight years.
In May, a refresher training session took place for the Bream Head/ Te Whara volunteers working on our toxic bait lines.
While all attention is focussed on combating an epidemic, a group of grey-faced petrels (Pterodroma gouldi or Oi) had another successful breeding season at the Bream Head Scenic Reserve.
It’s been a tough twelve months all round the world but it hasn’t been all doom and gloom for the Trust.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, any donation you make to the Trust in the month of June will be tripled.
Beautiful Bream Head inspired calendars by local artist
We won a prize! Thanks to NRC for recognising us and all our volunteers for their hard work in earning it.
Conservation Minister our guest as Bream Head and Auckland University of Technology team up