Every Spring these shore birds take an epic journey, flying non-stop from Alaska to New Zealand. Like Olympic Champions, they cover 11,500 km without a feed. Come help welcome our visitors back home to Ruakaka in September.
Free BBQ. Kids Activities. Information on shore-birds and dune protection. Give-aways and prizes. Guided estuary walks.10am 15 September Ruakaka
WDC reserve north of Ruakaka Surf Club
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The Fairy Tern Charitable Trust is trying to raise awareness and money to help this critically endangered species. Some of these birds nest and feed in Waipu and Ruakaka Wildlife Sanctuaries.
[Gallery not found]With a population of less than 40 birds including just 10-12 breeding pairs the New Zealand fairy tern Tara-iti is New Zealand’s rarest endemic breeding bird.
Around 4,000 bar tailed godwits return to Whangarei Harbour each summer after overwintering in Siberia and Alaska.¬† They fly 11,000 kms non stop to reach these shores and arrive thin and exhausted.¬† Over summer they can frequently be seen feeding at Marsden Bay, and on King Tide when other parts of the harbour are under water, they flock to the sand spit at the Ruakaka River Mouth.
John Kendrick is well known around Waipu, striding out at 87 with big confident steps down to the village, or taking his boat off the car roof to watch over the birds at the Waipu Wildlife Refuge. I could not believe that this amazing and humble man who was the first to hear and record the the boom of the Kakapo, once thought extinct, was living in our small village. How many of us have heard those bird calls on National Radio that call us to wonder and awe before the news.
Tonight he is receiving a special award from Forest and Bird, honouring his life of work and love of New Zealand birdlife. Read more