By working together Hawke’s Bay can be a place with abundant and healthy biodiversity. Whether you give your time, money or bright ideas you can make a positive difference!
We need to work together. Many communities are already working on various projects to make a positive change around the region - and have been for many decades. However there is always more to do.
Here are some community groups around our region who are always looking for volunteers.
Ahuriri Estuary Restoration Group is working to enhance the Ahuriri Estuary, especially the lower Estuary. The main function is weed control and plantings, but some walkway and sign maintenance is also carried out.
Ahuriri Nursery is a joint Department of Conservation/Forest and Bird project that supplies native plants for a number of local community planting projects. They have 8 volunteers helping out at the nursery as required, usually each Friday morning over the busy spring /summer period. Output is between 4000 and 5000 plants annually.
Cape Sanctuary is a wildlife restoration project established in 2006 by landowners of the Cape Kidnappers peninsula in Hawke's Bay. The landowners share a vision extending beyond 50 years to restore the coastal communities of land and sea birds, reptiles and invertebrates that would once have existed on the Cape Kidnappers peninsula. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks.
Cape to City is a ground-breaking and collaborative ecological restoration project in Hawke’s Bay. The partners are working to restore native species across 26,000 hectares of mainly primary productive farmland - from Havelock North to Cape Kidnappers and encompassing Waimarama and forest remnants at Kahuranaki. Our vision is to bring native species back to Hawke’s Bay to thrive as part of the landscape – and our lives.
Forest & Bird branches in Central Hawke's Bay, Hastings-Havelock North and Napier are involved in a number of restoration projects. These include the Boundary Stream “Mainland Island” project and Blowhard Bush, inland from Napier, which contains podocarp forest around 800 years old. You can help take part in restoration work at these projects, visit the reserves, or enjoy learning from field trips and walks.
Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust helps restore threatened species of native New Zealand fauna and flora, and rejuvenate the ngaheremauri (forest lifeforce) in several North Island native forests. Most of their work is in predator control, plant propagation and species recovery.
Friends of A’Deane’s Bush want to see this area as a wildlife sanctuary where plants and animals flourish, and locals and visitors are encouraged to learn about and engage in ecological restoration. This 40 ha lowland forest features rimu, matai, kahikatea and totara – and exhibits great diversity of native plants and animals. The 1km track passes one of NZ’s largest standing totara trees.
The Guthrie Smith Trust is custodian of a unique world of discovery, spread over 90 hectares in rolling Hawke's Bay hill country north of Napier and overlooking picturesque Lake Tūtira. Situated on what remains of the huge sheep station made famous by naturalist, author and farmer Herbert Guthrie-Smith, is an Arboretum and Education Centre.
Poutiri Ao ō Tāne is a large-scale ecological restoration project covering 8,800 ha in the Maungaharuru Range of northern Hawke's Bay. Poutiri Ao ō Tāne was launched in 2011 to support the return of native species to the project area. The project's long-term vision is to restore the 'Mountain to Sea' ecosystems of this region as well as the critical services they provide, so that the maunga (mountain) will once more roar with the sound of wings. This is a sister project to Cape to City.
The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group shares a desire to maintain and improve the different cultural, ecological, recreational and economical values of the Whangawehi catchment in Mahia. The group includes tangata whenua, landowners, Wairoa District Council and Hawke's Bay Regional Council. Their central aim is to address water quality issues and the loss of habitat for important freshwater and estuarine species in the Whangawehi Stream, its tributaries and the estuary. Water quality monitoring has shown improvements. The Group won both the Caring for our Water Award and the Supreme Award at the 2017 Green Ribbon Awards.
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