We have just found another incredible taonga. Check out these photos of a plant that was thought to be extinct from the mainland of New Zealand by local DOC botanists. It is Carmichaelia Williamsii, which is ranked as At Risk–Relict (It is only found now on the Poor Knights in reasonable numbers and a few Coromandel islands.) Ranger Adam Willetts found this plant in this beautiful flowering stage just last week whilst visiting the grey faced petrel study site at the eastern end of the reserve.
Adam will spend sometime looking for more specimens when he returns to the area in a week or two. Apparently bellbirds are important pollinators of this plant, and with bellbird numbers on the ever increase at Bream Head/Te Whara then the chance this plant might survive and spread is significantly higher than it was before the Trust started intensively managing the ecological restoration.
Our discovery was also covered in this piece by The Northern Advocate.
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