PREDATOR CONTROL WORKSHOP – MAHIA.

FOR FARMERS, LANDOWNERS, OR ANYONE WISHING TO LEARN HOW TO TRAP PESTS. 17TH OCTOBER 2017 9.30 AM – 3PM TAHAROA STATION 1637 MAHIA EAST COAST ROAD, MAHIA.

 

17TH OCTOBER 2017 9.30 AM – 3PM TAHAROA STATION 1637 MAHIA EAST COAST ROAD, MAHIA. A practical day with trapping experts from the pest control business. Learn about best practice.

PLEASE REGISTER BY 15TH OCTOBER; MHSMITH @ DOC.GOVT.NZ OR PHONE 0274998527

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Presentation to the Rere Falls community

Yesterday, the group was invited by Beef and Lamb to do a presentation to a group of landowners farming around the Rere falls area in Gisborne. This new initiative is looking at protecting the river and enhancing the biodiversity of this part of the Region. Consultants and MFE were attending the meeting with the idea of assisting this fledging group. It was a pleasure to be able to give advice and encourage this community.

Thank you to the Committee for taking the time to come and help with this presentation.

Farmers meeting to progress the Whangawehi covenant

Local farmers involved with the Whangawehi Project gathered today on Okepuha Station to progress the Covenant started a few years ago. This covenant is unique as it has been developed by our landowners who felt uncomfortable using other types of Covenants. After todays’ meeting, the group is confident and  comfortable with the last changes requested and indicated that it was ready for signing. This is a major achievement for the project as this covenant gives protection to the investment made by funders for 25 years. Well done to you all. Signings will take place later on in the spring.

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Birds experts at Whangawehi

On the 16th of August, Tamsin Ward Smith and Kay Grifith, both environmental consultants from Hawkes bay came to Whangawehi for a short site assessment study. Over the past 4 years, the Catchment Group has allowed the retirement of favourable habitats for a number of bird species. In parallel, our pest control activities have grown to allow the bird life to recolonize these protected habitats. The report that will follow this field study will help the group better understand what bird species are likely to come back naturally, which ones are likely to thrive in the habitats available at present time and the steps to follow if we decide to translocate a specific bird specie back into the catchment.This scoping study will give us an insight on what to expect and the nature of the work required ahead of us.

Bird study at Whangawehi

On the 16th of August, Tamsin Ward Smith and Kay Grifith, both environmental consultants from Hawkes bay came to Whanagwehi for a short site assessment study. Over the past 4 years, the Catchment Group has allowed the retirement of favourable habitats for a number of bird species. In parallel, our pest control activities have grown to allow the bird life to recolonize these protected habitats. The report that will follow this field study will help the group better understand what bird species are likely to come back naturally, which ones are likely to thrive in the habitats available at present time and the steps to follow if we decide to translocate a specific bird  specie back into the catchment.This scoping study will give us an insight on what to expect and the nature of the work required ahead of us.

 

Financial Sustainability workshop

A few weeks ago, Gerard Quinn and Will Allen helped the group find ways of becoming financially sustainable. This facilitation work was funded by Hawkes Bay Regional Council, thank you to Campbell Leckie and Nathan Heath for supporting the group.

Gerard’s report is now available so enjoy the reading : WCMG Funding Sustainability Report