Te Mahia Senior School planting

On Monday 27th August senior students from Te Mahia school came down to Whangawehi to help plant another 100 trees and undertake some much needed weeding. The sun was shining on  this beautiful day and the students weren’t lacking energy too. The small forest which was started 4 years ago already had some trees growing over 3 m tall. The students interplanted trees to help thicken this forested area. They checked their blue penguin boxes and were sad to see them uninhabited.  Helen Jonas mentioned that 5 of the boxes established on Waikawa has residents with one Penguin siting on 2 eggs…very encouraging news.

Well done to Te Mahia School and a big thank you to the school parents and helpers for supporting the day.

Working Bee this Saturday

The WCMG is organising a working bee this Saturday 1st September 2018- at the Whangawehi bridge. Roll up your sleeves and come along to help enhance the entrance way of the catchment. We are planning on replacing the old railings and removing the old agapanthus. It should be a good day out..so bring along your family, friends and neighbours.  See you there at 9 am at the Whangawehi bridge.

Eugenie Sage visits Mahia : media release

Community efforts to make Mahia predator free take another step forward

The four-year project aimed at removing possums, and controlling mustelids and feral cats from Mahia Peninsula has been named “Whakatipu Mahia – Predator Free Mahia” at a community meeting yesterday.

Iwi, community, central and local government gathered at Tuahuru marae to discuss progress on a landscape scale project aimed at enhancing biodiversity on the peninsula alongside sustainable socio-economic outcomes.

In July, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Predator Free 2050 Ltd launched a project aimed at creating a Predator Free Hawke’s Bay. The first phase of the $4.86 million project will focus on removing possums from 14,500 hectares of land on Mahia Peninsula within four years, as an initial step towards ridding the region of predators.  It focuses strongly on innnovation and eradication within the farmland predator control context said Rongomaiwahine Chairperson Moana Rongo.

“It is a pleasure to share our community vision of a restored Mahia. The vision is embodied in the name ‘Whakatipu’ meaning growth or re-birth,” Moana said.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage also attended the community meeting during a visit to the East Coast region.

“It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a community to save our wildlife. That’s certainly the case in Mahia where iwi and hapu, community members, central government and local councils have all come together to work make this special place a haven for our native plants and wildlife,” said Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.

“I am impressed by the energy and passion that so many people here have for the project and I will watch its development with great interest,” Minister Sage said.

Following the community meeting the Minister was escorted on a trip to Onenui Station to showcase the leadership role landowners play in landscape-scale conservation through Ngā Whenua Rāhui kawenata agreements (conservation covenant for Māori landowners). Onenui Station is a significant land block within the Mahia landscape, the third largest tract of remaining forest on the Mahia Peninsula and the largest on the peninsula’s south-eastern coast.

 Charles Barrie, Department of Conservation