Moehau Environment Group is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the natural environment of the Northern Coromandel Peninsula.
Formed in 2000, we currently have over 100 members, mostly locals, landowners and others keen to see the area once again alive with the sounds and sights of indigenous fauna. We also partner closely with over 430 landowners, other community conservation groups, the Department of Conservation, Waikato Regional Council, local schools and Iwi to achieve coordinated pest control in the Northern Coromandel.
What do we do?
When a small group of locals met with the idea of “doing a bit of volunteer work to look after the environment” they never would have guessed that their idea would grow into Moehau Environment Group as it is today.
After initial meetings the Group was incorporated as a charitable society in 2000. From the outset our goals were to enhance biodiversity by engaging the community and doing practical work to achieve a standard of habitat restoration that would allow the re-introduction and recovery of endangered species. The wishes of landowners have always been the first consideration in how we achieve this.
Our first project focused on possum control in the prime coastal forest between the north headland at Waikawau Bay, Parakete and Split Rock. Since then our horizons have expanded, and we now work over 13,000 hectares, primarily on private land.
This has allowed for the recovery of many endangered species in the Northern Coromandel including dramatic turnarounds for kiwi, fern birds, bittern, kaka, and spotless crake. The hard work of our volunteers and members has allowed for the successful reintroduction of the North Island Robin and pateke (Brown Teal), with both species now successfully breeding in the area.