Despite the poor weather predictions we managed to have a very pleasant and well attended Kiwi release on Tuesday afternoon!! The rain stayed away but 120 people did turn up to Dave and Pauline Asphin’s property to enjoy an awesome release! Todd Hamilton from Backyard Kiwi did another epic presentation to the crowd and they all came away fizzing and with a full understanding of what is needed to restore Kiwi numbers.
Bernie Buhler of Matakohe/Limestone Island helped all day again too and his infectiously bubbly enthusiasm won the crowd over also. One of the Kiwi was named In honour of Steve Westgate (who was in attendance) for his many years of work with the Trust as ecological advisor and trustee, it was just so good to have Steve there and we now have another reason to keep a connection with him!! Geoff Pike from BHCT gave a very wise and wonderful speech about the work of our Trust, taking this opportunity to thank our amazing volunteers. Thanks to those who helped marshall cars, make signs and manage the public…it all went very smoothly indeed.
To our new Kiwi, wiggles and Steve…good luck, live long and produce many beautiful offspring!! A big thankyou also to the main funder of the releases at Whangarei Heads…Kiwi for Kiwis. And thank you also to Kiwi Coast (Ngaire Tyson) for your ongoing funding and very valuable support.
Adam Willetts, BHCT Ranger.
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