E DNA testing

On Wednesday the 24th of February 2021, Nic attended a Zoom meeting with Vanessa Crowe from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). EPA is in the process of launching a new water monitoring technique called EDNA that consists in sampling the DNA present in the water. This technique is extremely powerful as it indicates the species present not only in the streams but also on land. This tool could be very valuable and complementary to all our other monitoring tools. This sampling technique could be done via the local school if there was an interest. This one off project is free of charge and could start in the next 3 weeks.

Walkway update

Kia ora koutou,

On the 4th of February 2021, the walkway is well advanced. Scott, Southern Star Trail’s foreman is on Homestead and will be on Taharoa’s boundary next week. Charly and Alex are behind laying out culverts and compacting the track.

The progression is impressive and we are looking forward to the beginning of the gravelling which should start in the next couple of weeks.

Presentation to Regional Council Councilors

On Wednesday the 3rd of February, Pat O’Brien Chair of the WCMG, Nuku Hadfield and Peter McCarthy from the Guardians of the Ruakituri river-along with Nic Caviale Delzescaux (Project Coordinator for WCMG) presented their proposals to the HBRC Integrated Catchment Committee. A big thank you to all the Councilors and HBRC team for their support.

You can listen to the presentation here :

The Matuku is back at Whangawehi

On the 1st of February 2021, Bevan Parker, Farm Manager on Pongaroa Station, witnessed his first bittern on the property while mustering. This is an exciting news for the Whangawehi community as the group has been trying to attract this very rare bird for years.

Our old people recall the bird when they where young (1940s) but it hasn’t been observed since then. After nearly 7 years of active habitat restoration and pest control, the Whangawehi Catchment Group can now rejoice that one of its long lost residents is back. Well done Whangawehi team!