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Mount Hiwi Charitable Trust
P O Box 132
WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING???
(Note that this isn't an exhaustive rendition - we seem to have picked
up the visiting pace, but not the reporting one)
21-23 October 2016 .... The Great Traverse
Finally got to spend a couple of nights on the property (every other
occasion we spent on the track - which is paper road). Phil, John,
Andrew and Richard spent Friday night at the Mt-Hiwi Trig (or near the
remnants), the following night halfway to Braemore Road, then out on the
Sunday. Pretty cool, pretty steep, (pretty cold that first night), and
We'll post the GPS log - but there are few obvious routes - being the
ridges, as the valleys are steeply incised.
6 February 2016 .... Special Site Visit
On the occasion of Phil H's birthday, we spent a glorious weekend
at the Mt Hiwi Lodge (note, no longer available as at 2018). The
weekend was mostly about his birthday, but we managed to also
- uplift a 19 day old kiwi chick - or rather Sue from Taranaki Kiwi Trust led the operation - and Phil's parents departed the event early to deliver the little nipper to Rotorua for raising.
- run a trap circuit.
- run into Dave Bell who confirmed the presence of both long and
short tailed bats in the area
Pretty stonking birthday weekend!!!!
16 September 2015 .... Site Visit
Phil H, Richard and Andrew walked the new track cut by WACNZ
in May this year. It's a typically steep descent and ascent up to the
fenceline. We saew lots of slips - the head of the catchment having a
lot of damage - and 16 fewer bird killers.
Thanks to all those others who continue to help in the form of hunting
(7 goats a couple of weeks ago, thanks Allan), reset traps (thanks TRC, WACNZ), and the new trapping line (again, WACNZ, TRC and BCF - now the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund).
16 April 2015 .... Site Visit
Phil H & Richard visited during a bit of rain. We decided it
wasn't appealing to walk the Heffernan track, so decided to walk to the
northern end of Moturoa Road instead. We lunched near the Mt Hiwi trig,
then accidentally found it - a 50mm diameter pipe about 50mm above
ground level!! We succeded in walking to our neighbour's corner, but
it's not the track that the first part of the road is.
16 October 2014 .... Site Visit
Phil visited with the Taranaki Kiwi Trust
for an overnight trip to uplift two kiwi eggs previously located. It
turned out there were three eggs(!) but only one live one. The
remaining egg was taken to Rotorua to be hatched and will be taken to
the Lake Rotokare sanctuary
when about a month old. The chick has been given the title Moumahaki.
5-7 April 2014 (Fri/Sat/Sun) .... Site Visit
Mixing it up with hunting and maintenance work, Will and two shooting
mates slogged after goats over a dry, dry few days, hunting high and
low. Richard, Phil, Kez n Joe all kept very much away and amused
themselves shifting & setting traps before settling down in Kez's
spacious more-of-a-fabric-covered-palace-than-a-tent. Kiwi were heard
about 10pm, and also later when Richard proved to be a kiwi whisperer -
courtesy some pretty fancy snoring - eliciting a call and response with a
close bird some time in the night. The shooters enjoyed a comfortable
night at the lodge. The take-away from the weekend was... airbeds good!
29 March 2014 (Sun) .... Site Visit
Visit by the Taranaki Botanical Group. Thanks people. It'll be
interesting to see what you all saw.
Early March 2014 (Fri/Sat/Sun) .... Site Visit
Visit by Delia, Allison and Will
15-17 November 2013 (Fri/Sat/Sun) .... Site Visit
Not really Trust work, but a buncha likely lads from ICONZ
and even more supervisory adults spent a night tenting on the track and
wallowing in the glory that is descending then ascending hundreds of
metres of steep bush. From the sound of it they had a good trip.
One glorious, but sober, note was the amount of rewarewa flower
noticed. Promises to be a challenging time controlling an expected
explosion of pests next year.
25-27 October 2013 (Fri/Sat/Sun) .... Site Visit
Delia and cohorts set up some bird monitoring stations. They also used
a recorder overnight down in the wetland. There was a little breeze
that night and some inquisitive sounding creatures, oh and kiwi
calls!!!. Here're a couple of sound files (as mp3) of some calls, File 1 and File 2, both roughly cleaned up to remove most of the wind noise.
If you'd like them as wav files, then try these links (hosted at
mega.nz because we have limited capacity on our site) for File 2 once it's had most of the wind noise removed and amplified a little, or the original file.
Just want to note that, whilst all these trips are going on, so are
many more by trap checkers and possum whackers. The never-ending work
to protect our ecology continues apace by all and sundry. Many, many
thanks to those out there across New Zealand involved with this work.
5-7 July 2013 (Fri/Sat/Sun) .... Site Visit
8 of us spent the weekend shifting 50 new DOC200 trap boxes on to the
track around our head catchment, including the nice new track that WACNZ
made for us. One of the eight was Jake Goonan from TRC, who showed up
at a-lot-earlier-than-we'd-expected o'clock on Saturday morning (all the
while apologising for being late) with the 50 traps in a trailer. We
split into a mix of people who converted the traps to the Friends of Rotoiti
bottom hinging ones (soooooo much easier to clean and set), some to lug
the reworked traps along the tracks and one Facebook(tm) afficionado to
wave his chainsaw around cleaning up the deadfalls across the tracks.
A good time (and macaroni) was had by all, with magic views across to the
land from Shaun's place - The Mt-Hiwi Lodge. No connection with the Trust,
but a very nice place to launch a day's work from... and to relax back in
6-7 April 2013 (Sat/Sun) .... Site Visit
Five of us visited the site, staying overnight in salubrious pup tents.
The weekend's goal was to convert the existing and all new DoC200 trap
boxes to hinge at the base (idea courtesy of the Friends of Rotoiti), replace as many corroded mechanisms as possible, and to liaise with WACNZ to arrange for the clearance of a trapline from the head of the catchment around the western ridge to join up to the fenceline.
Another big thank-you to Leicester and Brent who have repeatedly returned
despite the rigours they (repeatedly) encounter.
Taranaki Regional Council
The TRC are considering assisting the Trust with a biodiversity management plan (TRC link).
It'll be a great boost if this goes ahead. And will then tie up all
those idle moments we never thought we had. We expect to hear in early
July as to whether we make this year's selected sites.
26 March 2011 (Saturday) .... Site Visit
Four of us visited the site, staying overnight at the adjacent Mt Hiwi
Lodge so that we could easily get up to listen to the dawn chorus -
windy though it was.
We met up with Taranaki Regional Council representatives to discuss
options for managing the property, then completed a circuit of the
sanctuary area, finally sighting the fabled fence, and noting the
fence's ability to mumify goats caught in it. A little fence
maintenance was completed, and a weary but jubilant crew returned to
Wellington that night. Quite worn out, but what a fantastic piece of
land to wander around. Photos to follow.
20 October 2010 (Wednesday) .... General Meeting
We'll be at the Southern Cross Bar, 7:30pm, Abel Smith Street, Wellington.
All welcome to attend.
August 2010 .... Hunting
We have people hunting on the land, the dates being:
They are liaising with those who regularly access the property, but
please note that we do not want anyone else visiting while hunters
are active on the block.
April 2010 .... Our stock-proof fence exists
The stock-proof fence has been completed. This will allow us to complete the
covenant on the Reserve Block.
13 March 2010 .... R.I.P. Terry Heffernan
We have received news of the death of Terry Heffernan, from whom the Mt Hiwi
Trust purchased the Mt-Hiwi block. Terry had wanted to carry out the work
we're doing, but circumstances prevented him from doing so. However, his
generosity and patience greatly enabled the Trust to purchase the land and
continue with his vision.
February 2010 .... A possible fencing tenderer #2?
DoC advise that they are in talks with a training trust, with a view to building
the fence in early April...
December 2009 .... More fencers to be lined up
Given the lack of action by our contractor, DoC have advised that the tender
is to be re-let. Yes, legal action was considered, and no, it's not considered
worthwhile. Unfortunately, our moral high ground will be a year behind on being
30 June 2009 .... The date for completion of the fencing contract passes
with no start to fence
Absolutely no action has occured on our fence. The materials are all laid out (have
been since March), but our contractor is apparently happy doing other work.
March 2009 .... Fencing Contractor signed
A contractor has been signed to carry out a shorter fence than originally envisaged
(due to higher than expected labour rates). Completion is expected by mid-year.
June 2006 .... All permits received - DoC now to manage fencing contract
We have all the permissions needed to carry out fencing around the entire
circumference of the Reserve Block. DoC are to carry out the fencing contract
per agreement with the Nature Heritage Fund.
We've received the fencing permit APPLICATION. In discussion with Apex (STDC's
consultants for roading work) it appears we just need to sign and return the
application - which is what's happening as i type (Richard)
February 2006 .... an email from the Taranaki Kiwi Trust
Good news; kiwi have been confirmed as occurring at Mt Hiwi
I took out Rowan from the Mt Hiwi Trust on Monday night for a kiwi survey
Between 10pm and 2am (on listening sites) we heard two males
and two females within the 300 odd ha property (we covered approx. 2/3's of
it in listening coverage). There were a further two possible males, and another
possible female, although they were a bit sketchy. So that's four to seven
kiwi known to be present!
Directly opposite to where we stayed, 3km south (the log cabin) we heard another
two males on the farm there.
I still need to make a map and put in the records etc for this survey - will
come in due course. Just thought you might all like to know!
The TKT and the Mt Hiwi Trust are now talking about potential trapping work
at the site. They currently have 30 traps over a 2km ridge-track, which will
be spaced out further. Another 20 to 30 traps will be made over the coming
months by them as well. The TKTıs new Community Kiwi Programme will make
traps freely available to projects like this around Taranaki. The question
is now, can the Mt Hiwi Trust commit to the trap checking regime? It is likely
they will fund raise to cover trap-checking expenses by a contractor
These guys could use a hand with any locally based trappers voluntary
at this stage. Anyone know anyone locally in Wanganui/Waverley who might be
interested? Please let Rowan via this website - firstname.lastname@example.org
Good on you Rowan for driving the trapping work! Will be in touch.
*Taranaki Kiwi Trust*
P.O.Box 867, New Plymouth
**The Taranaki Kiwi Trust is generously supported by the Taranaki Electricity
Trust and the TSB Community Trust.**
Ongoing trapping throughout the year! Still progressing with fencing
plans. Meanwhile the land moves through the natural cycles of the seasons
safe from interference at large.
More trapping is happening all the time. Also, we are continuing
to work on our fencing. Many thanks to all our supporters.
Well spring is truly upon us. As the weather turns
- so does the possibilities of spending more time on the Land. We are hoping
to take a trip to the land...details follow:
***There is to be a visit to Mt-Hiwi, dependent upon enough
people being interested!***
As some may be aware, Michelle hopes to coordinate a trial of a "forest
monitoring and assessment kit" (FORMAK).
The intention is to try the kit out to see if it is worth the Trust purchasing
one. All are welcome for the tryout, with the idea being for as many people
as possible to become adept at monitoring.
The trial is to be carried out on the property over labour weekend
Would all those interested please CONTACT Michelle on email@example.com
This will also be a great opportunity for Trust members to catch up, to see
the property, check out the traps that have been placed, and to soak up some
Details about the kit can be viewed on http://www.formak.co.nz
It's (past) time for another AGM.
When: Tuesday 19 October 2004
Venue: to be announced (but will be in Wellington)
23/9/05 - email from our Chairperson: Bruce phoned this morning
to say that the last check of the traps found 2
stoats and 8 rats!
Take that ya vermin! R.
Well its been a great year for the Trust. Writing to you from early September,
we have currently got 40 traps on the land for rats, stoats etc. Many thanks
to volunteers and trust members for taking their time and energy (hard walking)
to set these traps and to check them.
We are moving closer to fence building and people have been working hard for
the past 2 years to make this possible. We have funding approved for a deer
fence so its coming together.
Our resident hunter has been on the land a few times - and recently got 6
goats. We will be working towards regular visits to try and keep the goat
There have been a few slips through the land due to the wild weather we have
been experiencing. But this is part of the natural order. People accessing
the land have found it hard going, and the tracks are often overgrown with
trees across them, making visits a bit of a challenge. However, its wonderful
to see nature at her wild best!
So, the land is doing well and we are starting to manage the pests in a more
aggressive manner. We are also closer to fence building. The covenent should
be underway in the next few months. Things do seem to take time but be assured
- there are many people working hard in the background.
We are still interested in new members and appreciate any
input people have to offer. Please contact us (see below) with any queries
We have archived the news from previous years, and this can be found in
Interested in becoming a member?, then email firstname.lastname@example.org