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Bird news from the Beach

Bird News from the Beach By Bernard Micheux It’s definitely the time for changing of the guards down at Karepiro Beach with the winter migrant South Island Pied Oystercatchers down to 26 birds from a winter high of 325. There has been a steady decline since September as birds started leaving to breed on the braided rivers of Hawke’s Bay…

AGM 2018 Chairperson’s Report

AGM Report 2018 FOOB: Sunday 12th August 3.30pm Chairpersons Report: Thanks to all of you, our supporters and our dedicated volunteers, we are now seeing and hearing a difference not only whilst walking the Okura Bush track between Haigh Access Road and Duck Creek Road in Stillwater but in the surrounding areas too. THREATS/SOLUTIONS: Flora & Fauna bio invasives We…

Okura Bush Rahui

A rāhui is being placed after many years of advocating for adequate track infrastructure through this rare and sensitive old growth coastal forest. We fully support the closure lead by tribal authority Te Kawerau ā Maki. In the past few years this track has experienced an increase in visitor numbers by the tens of thousands. Many trees along the walkway…

Okura Forest Festival 2018 – Highly Successful

The 2018 Okura Forest festival was a huge success. An event that was enjoyed by both the public and the volunteers involved. The event ran from 11am till 11pm on the 17th of Feb. We raised over $17,000! It will be put into ensuring this natural area stays as natural as possible. A big thanks to the many many volunteers…

Trappers Report 2017

Trap lines: The wet weather over winter has been difficult for trappers but trapping has continued over most lines. The Ridge Line, along the fence bordering the Weiti station, remains closed due to access problems during earth works on the station. August to January has seen low catches and the same trend is evident this year. The entry to the…

All the Best for the Festive Season from FOOB

Wishing you all a wonderful season with family and friends. Thanks for your support this last year towards restoring this coastal forest gem. The bird monitoring went off well in October, thanks to Gina Wilson, despite a bit of rain. It’s wonderful to hear so many more birds out there and also lovely to hear people commenting on that too.…

FOOB’s 4th AGM 16th July 3pm

Our 4th Annual General Meeting is coming up. We will be sharing the big achievements from the past year and discussing what’s on the horizon for this precious stand of coastal forest and the surrounding natural areas. 3pm Sunday 16th July 2017 at the Okura Hall, 81 Okura River Road. Come and taste some of the finest baking in Auckland!…

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