Greg Innes - Chair BHCT, Councilor Whangarei Heads WDC.
It’s pleasing to see that Bream Head moves from one milestone to another with increased bio-diversity, schools regularly visiting the Reserve and events such as ‘Wild Kiwi’ with over 700 participants. It never ceases to amaze me the passion and commitment of fellow trustees and volunteers to support the very able rangers lead by Adam Willetts with Evan Davies and Bruce Cole-Baker. There are too many volunteers to name individually but I would like to thank Jane Barr for the many years of involvement she has had with the Trust. She is now making her presence felt in Tamaterau. The Northland Island robin release was a very significant milestone. It could be described as a dream come true for many when reflecting back on the journey of the Trust over the years. The robins are doing well and are monitored on a regular basis. The collaborative effort with Whangarei Heads Land Care Forum and incredibly fit volunteers made it all possible. Next year we look forward to the reintroduction of the whitehead. Additionally, we now have the grey faced petrel coming back to nest on Bream Head along with the many bellbirds, kaka and not to mention the rare skink find - all on our backdoor - Bream Head/Te Whara.
North Island robin. Photo by Carole Prentice
Contributed by Dr Dai MorganIn late July 2016 the National government announced a bold plan to make New Zealand predator free by the year 2050.In the near future, an entity called ‘Predator Free New Zealand Ltd’ will be established to oversee the development of a strategic plan to realise this ambitious goal. By 2025 it is hoped that New Zealand will have 1 million hectares of land where introduced pests are removed, show that large areas (>20,000 ha) can be pest free without the use of predator-proof fences, and have developed new technology to increase the efficacy of pest control. Accordingly, Predator Free New Zealand Ltd will be looking to invest in key projects across the country.This is where the Bream Head Conservation Trust enters the picture as we have been extremely proactive in realising the aims of the predator-free New Zealand concept. In addition to the extensive pest control work that has been done over the last 14 years, we also recognise that advances in technology are critical to maintaining pests at very low numbers and reducing the costs of doing this. Therefore, the Bream Head Conservation Trust submitted a significant bid to the Ministry for the Environment, and if successful, the Reserve will be used as a ‘living laboratory’ for the development of new technology. Read the Bream Head Conservation Trust Newsletter October 2016 (868kB pdf) for more details on this and many other stories.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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