We have a vision to restore the biodiversity of the Okura Bush shoreline and surrounds.

Kauri dieback, invasive weeds and pest animals threaten this area. Our mission is to engage the community in the control of predator mammals and invasive weeds, and to eventually restore the ecosystem. Department of Conservation (DOC), Auckland Council (AC), neighbours and the community - all working together - are critical to the success of this project.

Great Okura Knockdown

Join us in creating a pest free bufferzone for the Okura Bush. If your property is on the outskirts of Okura Bush and you wish to have a FREE PEST PLAN (weeds and animal pests) drawn up and receive some free product, please contact me: info@okurabush.org.nz. We will be running a few short workshops in which you will qualify for…

CatchIt videos for pest catches

CatchtIt, Rachel Fewster, from the Dept of Statistics, Auckland University, alongside Jonathan Baskett, FOOB’s Pest co-ordinator, record all the pests that are killed in the Okura Bush and surrounding areas. Do have a look at the videos which shows the hot spots of where the catches have been made: CatchIT Graphics for Friends of Okura Bush.

Trappers Report 2017

1. Opening the closed Ridge line Lezette and I met with Simon Matthews, site manager Weiti Station, to discuss access to our closed ridge trapline. Simon reassured us of his commitment to assisting with our trapping program but said that for the next few months access by road to the ridge would be impossible because of continuing road works. He…

Okura Forest Festival 11th Feb 2017 11am – 11pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR. We are looking forward to our 4th annual environmental awareness fundraiser. We need your help to make this another successful event. We are in need of items/services to raffle or auction, foodstuffs for our stall, quality second hand clothes etc. Please donate generously. If you are able to help in any way, please contact info@okurabush.org.nz or 021872222…

FOOB Christmas Cheer

A Wonder filled festive season to you All. Thank you to each and everyone of you for helping out in your own way. Because of our volunteer hours and the money you’ve given this year, we’ve had a great bird count, even sighting Tomtits and Brown quails. Keep an eye out for breeding seabirds and stay away from their nesting…

Progress Report on Okura Walkway Construction

When I was invited to accompany Alistair Smith from DOC on an inspection of the new Okura Walkway track upgrade last Friday, I jumped at the chance. At this time of year, when the kowhais are flowering, sections of the track are covered in a carpet of golden flowers, and dozens of drunken tui serenade walkers as they pass by.…

Urgent Help Needed

Developers Pursue Urbanisation – Okura Estuary Under Threat! Dear Supporters, Friends of Okura Bush, Dacre Cottage management, Keep Okura Green and Long Bay Okura Great Park Society joined together to fight urbanization in this precious area under the umbrella of the Okura Environmental Group. LBOGPS has been through a couple of Environmental Court cases already and hence they are our…

Okura Bush Track Closed

In the August 31 North Shore Times: Department of Conservation launches track upgrades The Department of Conservation has started work on a track upgrade in Okura Bush they say will prevent the spread of kauri dieback. The walkway serves more than 60,000 visitors per year and will be closed for approximately 10 weeks while contractors work on the track. The…

Children’s Book Launch 17th Sept 3pm

17th September 3pm Okura Hall, Okura River Road, Okura Fun event for families celebrating the release of a local kids book about the birds of Okura. Art / craft competition with spot prizes and refreshments. Help raise funds for Friends of Okura Bush, who do an amazing job educating people and looking after the local fauna and flora along the…

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