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North Coromandel Aotearoa New Zealand ecological restoration

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Update on Kaka chicks

These photos of the kaka chicks we  have been following, have been taken at 2 weekly intervals and we estimate they are about 8 weeks old now.  Fledging takes 10 weeks so sometime over the Christmas / New Year period they will leave the safety of their hole in a tree and move about a mixture of the ground and lower tree branches.  They do this while they strengthen their wings and practice flying.  The kaka parents will be close by as they stay as a family group for a year or more.

They are now extremely vulnerable to predators like stoats, cats and rats so it will be a good test for our pest control.  Fingers crossed for their well being!!

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Myrtle Rust warning

FYI – DOC have circulated a blog to staff and public – see below.

As you’re lying under your favourite pohutukawa tree this summer, look up. If you see any yellow spots on leaves, flower buds (or fruits of myrtaceae), reach for your phone, take a photo and call the Ministry of Primary Industries https://www.mpi.govt.nz/ (MPI) hotline—0800 80 99 66. http://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/finding-and-reporting-pests-and-diseases/report-a-pest-or-disease/

myrtle rust

Don’t hesitate, and don’t touch it! If it is myrtle rust (Pucinnia psidii), a fungus that attacks Myrtaceae species (including rata, manuka, kanuka, ramarama, eucalyptus, guava and feijoa), it will be as mobile as talcum powder.

If you are off to Australia, New Caledonia or Indonesia at Christmas, make extra certain your shoes, bag and equipment are clean before coming home.

DOC – Blog on Myrtle rust

Auckland Council Information & Advice Myrtle Rust May 2014

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Habitat Tuateawa December newsletter

baby kaka

From the chair

Dear All

Yes that is very exciting – it is a nest with 3 kaka chicks in it and it is in the subdivision.  They are probably half way to being fledged; it takes 10 weeks from emerging from the eggs. You can see the secondary feathers just beginning to come through.

This nest is in a hollow of a tree, only up about 1.5m and extremely vulnerable to predators.  Kaka usually nest in 20m high holes so this is a most unusual situation and given it is in the subdivision our plea is for you to take firm control of all cats and dogs now and over the Christmas period.  By Christmas the chicks will be noisy and smelly (yes they poo in their nest) and very vulnerable to predators.

We are only visiting them every two weeks so we don’t create a human trail for rats, cats, possum and stoats to follow and we will update you periodically.

This wonderful event is as a result of our pest control – let’s hope we can protect them so they have a chance to fledge.



Summer BBQ Information – plan to join us for this great day.

On Sunday the committee met and decided to defer the summer BBQ to Sunday 7th February as several people were not able to be at our prior date. We welcome you and your guests to this event.

When:  Sunday 7th February 5.30 -7.30pm
Where: Steve and Dale’s place, 17 Puriri Place

We will provide: BBQ to cook on and company
Please bring your own everything – food, drinks, plates, glasses, cutlery and chairs or blankets to sit on.

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Education Day
We had thought that we would have an education day sometime in Autumn 2016 as we have some exciting speakers who we can organize to come up.

Karen and Chris, the NZ sea bird specialists, have agreed to come from Whangarei to talk about seabirds and the re-establishment of them at Tuateawa.

Darrion, the weed man for the Waikato, is happy to come up and talk about identifying weeds and the removal of them.

Terry Wade is sorting our Health and Safety Plan and will again educate all interested about care and safety in the bush.

Nicky will demonstrate the re-setting traps and generally update us on the 5 year pest plan that has been developed.  Anyone wanting to look at this can email Alan Saunders.


Kauri Dieback Disease  

Kauri dieback disease is a fungus–like disease Phytophthora agathidicida
that is specific to kauri and kills trees of all ages and sizes.

It is mainly spread by soil movement – shoes of walkers, animals such as
pigs, and mountain bikers.

Kauri dieback disease has been seen just south of the Tokateas so it is only
A matter of time before it will reach us.  Clean, brush and wash the soles
of your shoes  before you and your friends walk in the bush.
More information   at  Keep Kauri Standing.



Report from the Subcommittees to the December Committee meeting

The Strategic Plan developed from our planning days in the winter of 2015 is nearly finalized.  It will be sent to the committee for their perusal and then put onto the website for all to see.  This is our direction.
The Funding Subcommittee first needed a Pest Plan so they can apply for funding for the next period of time.  Again the planning sessions of mid 2015 directed this plan.  It will be finalized and used to support our funding applications for the next period of time.
The Communications Subcommittee has been active by email and is currently planning an exciting tri-fold information sheet for bach owners, new members of the community and for renters to put into their folder.  It is to briefly explain our area and the role Habitat Tuateawa has in protecting the area.
We have a website Manager Josh who is chomping at the bit to get the website looking attractive and then linked to  other sites.  We are currently seeking photos of the area – not only birds and bush but geckos, skinks, people doing activities and anything else you think might look fabulous on our website.  If you email them to me I will send them onto Josh, Sue Saunders.

Our thanks to the hard working members of these 3 committees – they are doing a fine job.


We are working on a new format for the newsletters – our committee meetings happen bi-monthly.  We will send you out a summary of those meetings and information for your interest.
Twice yearly we will produce a smart new Newsletter full of information and interest.

We encourage you to register your email address to receive updates and future news etc as it is added to the site.


From all the committee we wish you a wonderful break where ever you are and best wishes for the New Year.  We have had a very busy and successful 2015 and hope the changes this will bring to our activities of 2016 will benefit us all.
Enjoy our wonderful piece of paradise
With regards from all the committee

Subscriptions and Donations are the lifeblood of a community group.  By paying your subscription you become a member of Habitat Tuateawa and through this you support our activities.  Firstly subscriptions provide us with a reliable yearly monetary amount for budgeting.  Additionally our funding applications may need a list of paid up members, so we need you on the list to ensure our credibility with the funder.

The committee has reset subs which will be as follow:
Individual subscription     $10
Family Subscription        $25

If you give more than this the balance will become a donation and of course all donations are gratefully received.

The committee has decided to set up Paypal for subscriptions so people can put in place an automatic payment each year. This is a work in progress.

Alternately you can transfer your subscriptions and/or donations to Habitat Tuateawa’s  bank account:

BNZ account 020304 0018875 00

Please use your name as our reference and if you would like a receipt email our treasurer Lorna.

Habitat Tuateawa  E-News  December 2015