November meeting highlights
- The November meeting of the Board was held on 4 November at the DOC office in Whangarei.
- Key issues discussed:
- Bream Head Conservation Trust (BHCT). The Board was briefed on the activities of the BHCT and was very impressed with the success of the pest programme and the success of translocations.
- Save the Kukupa campaign: The Save the Kukupa poster has been translated into Te Reo, printed and Board members are distributing to schools, marae, medical centres, and other locations.
Site visit to Bread Head Te Whara Scenic Reservce
- The Board were delighted to accept an invitation from the Bream Head Conservation Trust to visit to the Bream Head Scenic Reserve on 4 November.
- New chair Willie Wright, deputy chair Luana Pirhi, and Adrienne Tari were impressed by the Trust's dedication and passion for conservation.
- The board were shown around the Trust's headquarters and taken on a short walk to Smugglers Bay.
- The board found all the speakers highly knowledgeable and engaging.
- The key issues discussed at the board's meeting the previous day included: promotion and communication, including an update on progress toward the board's social media site, and the distribution of the new bilingual "save the Kukupa" poster.
Willie Wright (chair) and Luana Pirhi (deputy chair) at Waitangi.
Bream Head Conservation Trust and board members with Mt Manaia in the background.
May - September updates
- Northland Conservation Board visited Waitangi Museum and welcomed the establishment of the Te Hiku o Te Ika Conservation Board.
- The Northland Conservation Board continues to support the Department and our communities in their effort to address a number of priorities including kauri dieback, War on Weeds, Battle for our Birds, Marine Protection Areas, and supporting the local community.
Waitangi Museum visit – media release 12 August 2016.
January - April updates
The Kaipara Harbour - Living Waters programme
- In April we went on a site visit to Kaipara Harbour, one of the key catchment sites through the Living Water programme.
- We met with Tim Brandenburg (Fonterra Living Waters), Wendy Holland and Ben Herbert (DOC) and Adam Twose (Whangarei District Council) to gain a better understanding of the work being done between Fonterra and DOC and the community.
- We also visited an exposed watercourse bank where an upcoming weed eradication trial is happening between the Living Waters programme and Landcare Research. The trial will help improve water flow through waterways by controlling weed infested banks throughout the catchment.
- Overall the site visit was very informative and exciting as the project is very closely aligned to the our Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) in terms of ecological value, weed control, water quality, engagement of communities and biodiversity enhancement.
Opening of Te Mahi Hou – Refining NZ
- In March we were invited to Refining NZ’s opening ceremony of Te Mahi Hou which was officially opened by Prime Minister John Key.
- We appreciate Refining NZ’s support to community conservation projects and pest management around the region.
Save the Kukupa
- One of our flagship campaigns has been the “Save the Kukupa” (outside of Northland/Taitokerau this bird is known as the kereru) spearheaded by Mita Harris, Chair.
- The illegal hunting season takes place between January and April and is when the Save the Kukupa Campaign kicks in to raise awareness of the importance of the species to Northland.
Northland Conservation Board members.
Opening of Te Mahi Hou - Refining NZ.