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membership or joint membership:
please ring 027 249-4255 (Richard should answer).
We no longer (as of 2019) have a postal address,
(our physical address is 0 Braemore Road - that zero is not a
but our email works really well:
WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING???
(Note that this isn't an exhaustive rendition - just the bits we
remember to report.
May 22 - 8pm after dinner. We've just had a cracker of a day, first
a 3am stroll down Foxton beach under the milky way, before not
enough sleep, then catching up with a neighbour on the way to Pātea.
In Pātea we had fantastic presentations from Chauncy (Towards Predator-Free
Taranaki), Leicester (the Pātea Planting Trust), and Karen (Project
Reef – South Taranaki). Anything we write here would
diminish their stories, so we strongly encourage you to visit the
projects via their links and see what amazing things they're doing..
and what you might like to do to participate.
May 22. We're joining in with the International Day for Biodiversity
2021 at the Aotea Utanganui - Museum of South Taranaki in Pātea
between 1 and 4pm on Saturday 22 May. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/events/4038769786143353.
Looking forward to this event.
April - The Taranaki Kiwi Trust have signed up
to manage our Kiwi Recovery program. We look forward to our
Not a lot this year, but we now have monthly trap checking,
contracted to WACNZ.
On a sad note, Lisa has resigned as our Kiwi Recovery manager.
Thank-you for your mahi over the past few years Lisa and our best
wishes go with you.
Phil H & Richard visited VERY late on 1 January, camping off the
Braemore Track. We didn't get back until November, when we
again set up the camp, but this time we took in a 200L water tank,
with the hopes that it will collect sufficient rainwater to reduce
the amount we need to carry in.
2017 through 2019 .... Moumahaki Kiwi Recovery Program
Things are happening apace with the help of a grant from DoC's
Community Fund that we are administering on behalf of an wider group
of interested parties
The Moumahaki Kiwi Recovery Program has the goal of providing a
predator free area for kiwi to flourish - including those kiwi
already on the whenua. We are currently caring for our 400ha, and an
adjacent DoC block of 200ha
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 pretty stoked!
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 saw 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
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 succeeded in walking to our neighbour's
corner, but it's not the track that the first part of the road is.
More suited to goats, and in places reasonably obscured.
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
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
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
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 at night
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
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 mummify 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,
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 fenced.
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
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
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 in there.
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
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 TKT¹s
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
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
The trial is to be carried out on the property over labour
Would all those interested please CONTACT Michelle on
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 great bush.
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 population down.
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
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 covenant 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 always interested in new members and
appreciate any input people have to offer. Please contact us (see
below) with any queries and interest.
We have archived the news from previous years, and this can be
found in archives
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