Tracks Closed for Re-marking at William Upton Hewett Memorial Reserve

Paul Horak news

We have decided to close all tracks at William Upton Hewett Memorial Reserve to allow for some repair and re-marking work to be carried out. Some of the more easily fixed tracks will reopen in October but the back loop, which was affected by a fire and slips, will remain closed until early 2015. We will upload new track maps …

New Honorary Ranger Appointed

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Colin Shore as Honorary Ranger of Pigeon Bush Reserve. Colin is ex army, from the Wairarapa, and brings with him a great depth of skills and experience including planning, pest control, track maintenance and wetland restoration. He is Chairman of Forest & Bird, Wairarapa and a member of the …

Eradicating TB from Rangitoto Enhances Biodiversity

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TBfree New Zealand is working with us to stamp out pests in the Rangitoto Range to control bovine tuberculosis (TB) and bring the birds back. The Hauhungaroa and Rangitoto ranges make up a part of New Zealand’s 10 million hectare TB risk area in which TB-infected wild animals have been found. Rangitoto Station is one of our flagship reserves and …

Pureora safe for the present

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We are happy to see that no permits were granted this week for mining in Pureora which is very good news. It is hoped that continued public pressure will persuade governments not to destroy our precious places.

Pureora Too Precious To Mine

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In two days Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Resources, will announce the decisions on areas where the government will grant permits for mining exploration. One possible area is the Pureora Forest Park where conservationists fought hard in the late 70’s to preserve this rare example of ancient North Island lowland forest. The success of this campaign inspired the foundation …

International Day of Forests 2014

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As a charitable group, the Trust relies heavily on the help and goodwill of the public. It is only because of people like you that we are able to continue restoring and protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage. If you would like to help us make a difference please consider making a donation to celebrate International Day of Forests 2014. Thanks!

Official Facebook Page

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Our official new Facebook page is now up and running. We plan to use facebook to provide more connectivity with our supporters, providing regular reserves updates, highlighting special events and providing a platform where we can share stories, videos and photographs from reserves. We will also have contributions from Trustees, Reserves Managers, Honorary Rangers and volunteers. To follow us on …

Trust Manager Profile

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Testifying to the Trust’s high reputation, the position of Manager attracted a strong field of applicants from whom the clear choice was Sandy Crichton. He began work in January and has quickly become part of the team, handling our affairs with the skill and diplomacy this key position requires. Sandy, who belongs to the NZ Ecological Society and to the …

New Trust Manager Appointed

Paul Horak news

The Trustees are very excited to announce the appointment of Sandy Crichton as Trust Manager. Sandy has a strong background in ecology and management and will be a great addition to the team. Sandy has worked as an ecologist in the UK including project management associated with large scale reptile translocations and large-scale bat surveys. He ran his own video …

Invasive alders dealt to at Mangarakau Swamp

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Over Labour weekend twelve members of the Nelson/Tasman branch of Forest and Bird joined the Friends of Mangarakau Swamp for an enjoyable working and relaxing weekend at Mangarakau.  Here is an except from Anne Harvey’s trip report: Life can be full of disappointment . . . . . . some people, disappointed by the weather forecast never left home. Some …