RMPP workshop on Carbon

On Wednesday the 10 th of March 2021, the Mahia RMPP group gathered at Pat and Sue O’Brien’s to learn more about Carbon. This workshop is part of a series of events funded by Beef and Lamb NZ with the idea of supporting local community groups in their endeavor to achieve a community (farm related) vision.

Bryan McKinley and Scott Saunders from Eastern Forestry came along with Duncan Harrison from MPI Gisborne to share their knowledge around the vast and ever changing topic of Carbon.

The group learned a lot about the risks and opportunities associated with Carbon trading and also better understood the wider legal context around the mitigation of green gaz emissions.

We thank our guest speakers for their time and hope they can be more involved at a later stage.

Mahia Pest Free meeting

On the 19th of February 2021, WCMG had a zoom meeting with Predator Free 2050 to discuss a possible way forward. At this stage PF 2050 is not willing to support an accelerated programme on Mahia Peninsula and will revisit a possible partnership in the next few weeks.

A big thank you PF2050 for the work they have done so far.

Walkway update

On the 1st of March 2021, Southern Star Trail started gravelling the Whangawehi walkway. First a special membrane is laid on the ground and the gravel spread over it. The gravel is then compacted and rolled. The finish product looks really nice. Southern Star Trail use a purpose made trailer towed behind a small tractor to ferry the gravel up and down the walkway. It is going to be a long process and we hope that the work will be finished before the end of April.

While the graveling is underway, there is still 800 m of track to open below the hut.

A big thank you to Southern Star Trail for the quality of their work.

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!

Article in “Living Hawkes Bay Magazine”

On Wednesday the 27th of January 2021, Susan Wylie came to Mahia to meet with the community members who are behind the Whangawehi walkway. Susan is working on a March Edition and tried to meet as many people as possible. We are looking forward to reading this first promotional document. A big thank you to our landowners who have made the time to meet and Susan for selecting our project.

MBIE visits Whangawehi

On Tuesday the 26 th of January, Cameron Osmond and Kate Jefferd from MBIE came to check up on the progress made along the whangawehi walkway. Southern Star trail as well as local fencers are doing a fantastic job despite the extreme heat. Malcolm Smith was also on site and shared his passion for the project with the group. A big thank you to Cameron and Kate for their support.