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What we've lost in Hawke's Bay

Each species of creature or plant is under a range of pressures and the threats vary.  All are compromised by introduced animals such as browsing deer, goats, pigs and farm stock or predators such as possums, rats, stoats, hedgehogs and feral cats. 

Human activity and habitat clearance is still a major issue in Hawke's Bay and has a significant impact on native species. Species extinction in HB graphic


We've lost 9 species of birds from the region - including hihi/stitchbird, orange-fronted parakeet.

Half of all bird species are threatened or at risk. 

Remnant populations include whio (blue duck), black-billed gull.

Bush Habitats, Trees, Plants

We have lost 77% of the original indigenous forest that once covered the region.  The greatest losses have been of lowland forest (such as kahikatea forests once extensive on the alluvial plains), middle-hill country (rimu, tawa forest) and high country  forest (podocarp/black/mountain beech) outside of legal protection. 

Half the remaining forest types are categorised as threatened.

We've lost 10 vascular plant species - including Hector's tree daisy.

Indigenous forest cover befaft maps

Freshwater fish

40% of freshwater fish are threatened or at risk. 

We have remnant populations of dwarf galaxias and koaro.



We still have plenty of bugs and crawlies, but we don't know how many species we have, let alone what we've lost with the clearance of land, and agricultural practices.

We do know we have an important remnant population of giant powelliphanta snails.


We've lost 5 species of reptiles from Hawke's Bay, including Duvauchel's gecko.

Of the remaining reptiles, 70% are threatened or at risk.


Only 2% of wetlands remain today, compared to original numbers.

Wetlands are still under threat, as many are on private land without protection or restoration projects.

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