Here are some of the highlights from 31 january 2013:
- The Great beard Shave off
- Rural Development Strategy Read more
“When mooring access comes before world’s rarest shore bird our society is insane.” so begins an article in the NZ Herald this week by Mark Bellingham
Mangawhai Harbour is promoted as a water-lovers’ paradise and the perfect launch pad for surfers, boaties and recreational fishers. But some locals are gunning for significant development of the natural landscape with little regard for the importance and fragility of the harbour’s wildlife.
Many people don’t realise Mangawhai Harbour is critical to the survival of New Zealand fairy terns.
Fairy terns are New Zealand’s rarest shore bird. There are just 43 left in the world. Each one is so vital to the species’ survival that the Department of Conservation (DoC) and volunteers take turns to watch over the birds in shifts, at nesting sites during the breeding season.
This critically endangered species once bred around the North Island and upper South Island, but is now confined to four nesting sites north of Auckland.
Read the rest of the story here
Waipu Wildlife Refuge also has Fairy Terns nesting. An active group regularly traps, and fences off the nesting sites. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE DOGS TO THE END OF WAIPU COVE BEACH
Alan McKenzie writes about the the story of the development of the coastal trail from Waipu Cove south to Ding Bay. Leaflets about the trail from the Museum or Camp Waipu Cove.
Story first printed in the Bream Bay News November 2011 Read more
On Sunday 18th September 9.30a,m – 1.30, Living Legends, a community conservation project, will be celebrating Rugby World Cup 2011 with a fun and conservation orientated event! Come along to the Uretiti Camp Ground off SH1 and take part in planting thousands of trees, while at the same time having fun and celebrate Rugby World Cup 2011. A preliminary planting will happen on 3o July – come and join us – more here Read more
9am 30 July at Uretiti Campground Entrance
Sausage sizzle and morning tea provided!
The Trust was concerned that it would be difficult to keep 5000 trees alive over a dry summer if all the trees were planted iin September to coincide with the Rugby World Cup, so has offered to plant 2000 trees in July. The Tindall Foundation is sponsoring 17 projects throughout NZ planting 10,000 trees at each site. 5,000 at Uretiti this year, and 5,000 over the next five years.
A highly publicised planting day will be held during the Rugby World Cup on 18 September with people throughout the Whangarei District and perhaps some local rugby legends helping to get the trees in the ground.