Community groups weekend a success

Moehau Environment Group hosted a get-together for conservation groups from around Coromandel in Tairua last weekend. It was a fantastic event, with over 45 people there.

With so many groups involved in conservation on the Peninsula, it was inspiring to hear what others are up to and share knowledge and expertise. We are hoping this event will encourage groups to work more closely on common aims such as kiwi protection and predator control.

Moehau Environment Group Coordinator Natalie Collicott said, “It makes sense for the groups to work together. We have such a wealth of conservation projects on the peninsula and we’re all striving for the same goal-to protect kiwi and other biodiversity.”

Wendy Sporle and Bridget Baynes present the draft Coromandel Kiwi Taxon plan

The weekend was a chance for groups to discuss the draft Coromandel Brown Kiwi Taxon Plan which aims to provide groups with a strategic overview of how to manage Coromandel brown kiwi.

Other topics discussed at the event included how groups can better survey kiwi, limit the threat dogs pose to kiwi, collate and use data, source funding and retain volunteers. There was a practical demonstration of monitoring tools and methods along with a workshop on effective trapping techniques.

Thanks to Trust Waikato and the Department of Conservation who jointly sponsored the event.