Kororā and his mates are back…

kororā the Little Blue Pinguin was spotted last night by the security camera of the Mahia Dairy. He broke into the shop to steal a bottle of French wine and a few tapas! We are looking for any sightings of him and his mates as they could be up to no good. If you have spotted Blue Pinguins in the past (distant AND recent) we would like to hear from you.

Please contact Chef Investigator Malcolm Smith (msmith@doc.govt.nz) or Constable Nic Caviale Delzescaux (caviale@hbrc.govt.nz).IMG_3492

Whangawehi environmental school programme

On Wednesday 15 October Te Mahia School students went on two field trips. One bus load travelled to Opoutama wetlands(http://www.iserve.co.nz/users/nznfrt/nznfrt.org.nz/htdocs/index.php?page_id=105) where DOC ranger, Malcolm Smith, explained some features of wading wetland birds, using real bird models, and compared them to other birds who visit wetlands. The students walked to the raupo beds and listened for bittern calls, watched pukeko, and some also heard fern birds and saw swallows. After the freshwater wetlands they travelled to Oraka where the tidal wetlands of Maungawhio
Lagoon provide a habitat rich in food for dotterels nesting on the beach, and migratory godwits, knots and others.
Meanwhile another busload arrived at Mahia Beach to learn about the new sewerage system from on-lot installations, pump station, and settling ponds. After seeing a septic tank being installed at a private property the students saw a model which was explained by Jason Schirnack, Project Managing Engineer, and followed the story of filtration at septic tank, pumped liquid to the pump station, then 16 l per sec is pumped uphill to the settling ponds. The students then went to the settling ponds to learn what happens there.After lunch at the beach the students swapped destinations and experienced their second field trip of the day. It was a hot,beautiful day packed with action and information, which they are still processing.Jenny ScothernDSC_0207 (640x428) DSC_0217 (640x428) DSC_0221 (640x428) DSC_0232 (640x428) DSC_0122 (640x428) DSC_0126 (533x640) DSC_0135 (640x428) DSC_0159 (640x428) DSC_0181 (428x640) DSC_0201 (428x640)

Whangawehi soon on air

E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga rau rangatira ma e whakapau kaha nei ki te tiaki i te taiao, nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

 Finally after months of coordinating, filming and editing we’ve finally got an on air date for “Project Whenua (formally Project Matauranga)”.Please find attached a brief summary of the 13 episodes, including on air dates. click  here : PROJECT WHENUA episode synopsis

 Again I really appreciate that without your assistance and selfless contribution it really wouldn’t have been possible, nā reira tēnei au e mihi kau atu ana ki a koutou katoa.

 Will keep in touch and I hope you all enjoy the series.

 Naku iti noa,

Na Darcel Rickard

Researcher/ Field Reporter
Project Matauranga
Scottie Douglas Productions Limited
355 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn
Tel 09 360 5105/ mob 021 214 1956

Whangawehi youngest supporter

The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group  has a new supporter. Manawa Wiremu Paul Caviale Delzescaux was born on Tuesday the 30 th of September in Hastings. His Dad has already bought him his first spade, he will need it in years to come !  Brother and sisters are all happy with their new pepe and are looking forward to introducing him at our next community day.

Proud Dad