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Kiwi Coast

The Kiwi Coast is a collaborative initiative that links over 200 community-led conservation projects, iwi and hapū, schools, forestry companies, government agencies and organisations in the shared vision of restoring the health of our native forests, helping native wildlife thrive and increasing Northland kiwi numbers.

The value of working together is evident in the annual collation of animal pest control results from all those involved. The vision of Kiwi Coast is one of thriving native forests and wildlife, with kiwi, safely roaming throughout Northland, nurtured and cared for by Northlanders. We are creating New Zealand’s first modern day kiwi corridor.

Pukekauri dam project 2023

Ngā Kaitiaki O Pukekauri is a Bream Bay kahui ako schools trapping project. It was established in April 2023 at the Pukekauri dam with the aim of increasing and protecting the population of endemic Weweia or NZ Dabchick.

Students, teachers and parents from Bream Bay College, One Tree Point, Waipu and Ruakākā schools have joined forces with members of Patuharakeke Taiao Unit, Piroa Conservation Trust (PTC) and Enviroschools.

We have been particularly supported by Susan Steedman, Graeme Giles and the Waipu Menzshed with their generous donations towards our initial trap line set up.

A 10 yr study -  hot off the press August 2023

A 10-year study has found no significant negative impact of 1080 poison on bird and insect populations in the Wairarapa and instead points to the biodiversity benefits of widespread pest control. The study was conducted by Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington with results published in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology and the international journal, Conservation Biology. It tracked the populations of 12 bird species in Remutaka and Aorangi before, during, and after three aerial 1080 operations were used for predator control in the area over a 10-year period. 

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