Rod has had a very long and fruitful relationship with Bream Head/ Te Whara Conservation Trust, as he was involved with the Trust from its inception as a volunteer and as a board member.
His first, and possibly most enduring act was writing the content of the Trust Deed. He did this together with David Munro, the former chair of the Restoration Committee. This deed is still fit for purpose today. Thanks to Rod and David, the Trust became a legal Charitable Trust.
In order to be able to operate on a Conservation Estate a Management Agreement with the Department of Conservation was needed. Rod established that relationship with the intellect and legal professionalism he always showed when acting on behalf of the Trust.
A few years later he established another Management Agreement with DOC allowing the Trust to undertake pest control management at the Recreation Reserve (which is the dune landscape between Ocean Beach and Kauri Mountain). Interestingly, work will start on that pest corridor over the next few months.
Rod successfully applied for funding from the Ministry for the Environment gaining us a three year funding stream. The Trust was able to repeat this again thanks in no small part to the quality of Rod’s original application.
Rod also used his influence to secure our second Patron, Sir Paul Reeves, as well as our third patron, John Maasland.
Physically, Rod was a very big man with the intellect and moral courage to match. He had a very strong sense of the value of conservation of the natural world, inspiring many.
Kia okioki e hoa tawhito
It was a delight to read in the paper of Robin Lieffering’s, (our past chair of Bream Head Conservation Trust), civic honour award. We feel that this is very well earned.
Our 2023 annual report is packed with news from the reserve - it's amazing to see how much is going on.
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.
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.
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 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