Our newsletter for 2020 was published at the end of June. It’s available as a PDF here or if you would like a hard copy for your coffee table keep a look out as there are copies available in selected stores around the Heads. Below is a quick taste of some of the stories in this year’s conservation round up.
In his Message From the Chair, Greg Innes celebrates the third year in a row that The Trust more than met its environmental milestones for predator suppression and removal and highlights progress made on weed eradication. The Trust was recognised on the national level through an official visit by the Minister of Conservation Hon. Eugenie Sage, it strengthened and formalised its relationship with the Department of Conservation with a management agreement, it entered into a formal relationship with the Auckland University of Technology and it commenced predator removal operations in a buffer zone on adjoining private land in collaboration with the Northland Regional Council.
Generous support from our neighbour, Alphonse van Polenen Petel, the Department of Conservation, our sponsors and volunteers saw us come very close to the completion of our Community Conservation Facility just before the level 4 lockdown. We’ve gone from one container to three with a deck in between and an all-weather roof is almost on – thanks to Northport for the donation of the containers and Louisa Gritt, operations manager from our local Department of Conservation, for paying for the roof.
The Bream Head Conservation Trust Education programme works closely with schools to educate and engage young people in the conservation work being undertaken on the reserve. In 2019 nine primary and secondary schools engaged with our programme on 12 occasions, involving over 500 students. Often, during visits from schools, particular students stand out as having a high interest in the conservation mahi we do. Observing students engaging enthusiastically and learning about the significance of our conservation work is all the motivation we need to continue to expand education opportunities on the reserve. In 2019 our Environmental Education Award went to Kelsie Hackett, a Northtec environmental science student who finished her degree in 2019. She volunteered with BHCT for 2 years in predator control work. She also assisted in research projects such as the placostylus surveys and the bellbird/pateke surveys by Northtec in our area.
For full details on these and other local conservation stories read the 2020 Bream Head Conservation Trust Newsletter in full.
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.
We farewell Rod, who had a very long relationship with Bream Head/ Te Whara Conservation Trust. He was involved with the Trust from its inception as a volunteer and as a board member.
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 email@example.com
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