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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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  • A bold new sculpture in Port Charles will welcome visitors to Real Kiwi Country. The giant kiwi sculpture was officially blessed last Saturday 24 October, during Labour Weekend. The sculpture sits beside the Port Charles Rd, after the second bridge and before the turn-off to Carey Rd, on this remote gravel road. The art piece is […]

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  • Organised chaos reigned at our annual tree planting with Colville School this year. Dirt flew, as the children dug holes and sunk plants in the retired pasture. Winter time heralds the season for planting, and we always look forward to our annual outing with Colville School. Tuesday 21 July saw a bus load of local […]

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  • This winter we conducted a landscape-scale Kiwi Census, with volunteers coming from near and far to take part. Way back in 2005, at the inception of the Moehau Environment Group Kiwi Sanctuary, local DOC staff helped us complete a baseline kiwi listening census. The census surveyed 27 sites and results indicated that there were around […]

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