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  • We’re part of a grand plan to establish Coromandel kiwi on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki gulf. This summer we began Operation Nest Egg to help kick-start this island population. And in March our first chick, Mauricio, was released on the island. Mauricio took us all by surprise. In mid-January, Diane went for a hike to […]

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  • Can you tell a ferret from a stoat? These furry intruders seem to be becoming more common on the Coromandel. We caught our first ferret in the Coromandel Kiwi Project in September. That same month, Mahakirau Forest Estate on the 309 road also trapped one. Ferrets are rare in the northern Coromandel, but are caught […]

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  • Resetting traps could make monthly trap-checks a thing of the past. We’re trialling 40 self-setting possum traps to see if we can control possums to a low density without toxin. Traditionally we have baited for possums as we do not have the manpower to trap effectively on a large scale over difficult terrain. However, this could change […]

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  • Each year we give the children of Colville School an excuse to get dirty at our annual tree-planting day at Waikawau Bay. On Wednesday 7 September 24 local children arrived ready to plant the 200 native trees that had been donated by Waikato Regional Council. They made swift work of the planting, with all the trees […]

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  • Could a stinky bundle of fluff improve our chances of catching stoats? We hope so! This August we begin trials of a new scent-based lure in our Coromandel Kiwi Project. Scientists have discovered that the bedding material from captive stoat enclosures at Lincoln University is a very attractive lure to both male and female stoats […]

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  • Hammers flew and saws squeaked this term as we taught the next generation the art of trap-building. Two schools have been busy building traps for Moehau Environment Group this winter. Students from ten classes at Point View School in Howick are once again building rat trap-boxes as part of their technology class. The school hopes […]

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  • A new approach to managing our catch data will help organize, publicize, and nationalize the results of our trapping efforts. Between our Kiwi Sanctuary and the Coromandel Kiwi Project, Moehau Environment Group maintains almost 1000 stoat traps on the Coromandel Peninsula. Each month, every trap is checked, any kill removed, and the trap is cleaned, rebaited, […]

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  • We have been granted $366,000 over four years from Waikato Regional Council’s Natural heritage fund. Moehau Environment Group is the recipient of the largest grant in the latest Natural Heritage funding round with $366,000 tagged for pest control in the north of the peninsula. We are thrilled with the new partnership which will enable sustained biodiversity […]

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  • We are thrilled to be partnering with International Nature Volunteers, a NZ company that matches global volunteers with conservation projects like us. In the past few months we have hosted six volunteers, from Brasil, USA, United Kingdom and Australia. All have stayed in the home of Lettecia and Katharina, staying from between ten days to […]

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  • Our 2015 kiwi census results confirm that kiwi numbers have grown by 36% over the last decade since trapping began. Ten years since the establishment of our Kiwi Sanctuary, we were curious to see if our kiwi population had grown. So in winter this year, volunteers came from near and far to complete a mammoth […]

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