Another summer holiday programme over

Crouching quietly in the dark listening to the shrill cry of kiwi, eye-balling bugs and grubs under magnifying glasses, and exploring unspoiled coastal headlands flush with crimson pohutakwa…

These were just some of the unique experiences shared by visitors and locals who participated in our Summer Holiday Programme this year during January.

It was not the driest of summers, but that did not put off the dedicated bunch of volunteers from Moehau Environment Group, who have been out in the bush, guiding activities, and sharing their wealth of experience with the community. Now in its 10th year, the summer programme is run annually by MEG volunteers. All funds raised go towards protection of Kiwi Habitat in the Northern Coromandel. Activities this year included an evening walk through bush with two insect experts, night tours at Port Charles to hear kiwi in the wild and see a kiwi nest, and a Junior Ranger programme at three local campsites, where kids were given an opportunity to explore and encounter what lives in the bush. Thanks to everyone who took part. Despite the rain, we had a lot of fun.