A North Island Robin preparing for trans-location.[/caption]A dream that was born by our community fourteen years ago. A dream that also required four and a half years of intensive control and monitoring, thousands upon thousands of volunteer and ranger hours in the reserve, in the meeting rooms, at the computer and on the phone. At 10:02 am on Friday 8 April 2016 Bream Head Conservation Trust released 20 North Island Robin (Toutouwai) into Bream Head/Te Whara Scenic reserve!!!! After an amazing week capturing, feeding, and trans-locating the birds that were gifted to us by the local hapu Ngati Rereahu from Managtutu in the King Country, we were supported by 20 wonderful volunteers and supporters who each helped carry a bird in their box up the tough climb nearly all the way to the top of Bream Rock/Te Whara. The group were ceremonially welcomed by a chorus of Bellbird and Tomtit calls all the way to the release site, and at 10:02 am our new manu were released into their new home!! Whangarei Heads is now home again to these beautiful birds after approximately 90 years of absence!! These are the only Toutouwai on the mainland from the Bay of Islands to Takatu Peninsula and we are so very proud and honored to have them in our region again!
North Island Robins on the march into Bream Head Reserve.[/caption]There will be a more formal public release of another 20 birds in May when we travel to Tiri Tiri Matangi Island to collect, return and release the last batch of birds for this trans-location. Keep an eye out on our facebook page and local media about how you can be involved. We are also seeking fit, keen volunteers to help in the important task of monitoring the distribution, health and future breeding of the birds of the next few weeks, months and years. Finally, a very sincere thank you to all those that have been involved in this process thus far, from the very first volunteers those 14 years ago, to our amazing trustees and committee members, our partners, our funders, our rangers and of course this absolutely awesome community…..kiaora koutou!! Adam Willetts – Bream Head Project Manager/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