Date: 17 December 2012
Kayakers and rowers in dinghies will hand out information on the water about Project Island Song and the pest-free islands of the eastern Bay of Islands. On land, roving volunteers at boat ramps and wharves around the Bay and on Urupukapuka Island are also distributing information.
More than 20 Friends of Project Island Song volunteers will be walking and talking their way around pest-free Urupukapuka Island this summer while another 15 will be giving out at least 460 'boaty bags' on boat ramps and wharves around the Bay from Opito Bay near Kerikeri to Kaimarama Bay near Rawhiti in the east. Another six volunteers will be rowing or kayaking out from their homes along the mainland coast to talk to anchored boaties about the success of Project Island Song.
Fran Nixon, Friend of Project Island Song, with boaty bags ready to go out
Helen Ough Dealy, Department of Conservation Community Relations Ranger, Bay of Islands Area, says, "This is the second year of roving volunteers giving out information in a variety of ways. ExploreNZ is kindly supporting the project by donating two free seats for volunteers on its vessels going out to Urupukapuka over the peak season – December through to end of January."
Visitors to Urupukapuka Island will also get the chance to see Terri Cottier, Guardians of the Bay of Islands Trustee's meticulous scale 3-D model of Urupukapuka and the Poroporo Islands. Housed in the visitor centre in Otehei Bay, the 3-D model is a great starting point for visitors to orient themselves before going and exploring the recently completed track upgrade.
Helen says, "If you would like a 'boaty bag' sent by mail, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +64 9 403 9006."
What's in the 'boaty bags'
The 'boaty bags' contain a range of information pamphlets and brochures on Project Island Song, island biosecurity, pest plants, Argentine ants, rainbow skinks, tide timetables (donated by Cater Marine), marine mammals, and Island Twitter newsletter (Guardians of the Bay of Islands)