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.

Changing seasons

Some days you can almost feel spring in the air – and then the next squall comes over to remind us that winter is still with us. The pied oystercatchers certainly think that spring is here as many of our winter flock have departed for their breeding grounds on the braided rivers of the South Island (or Hawke’s Bay). There…

AGM 2021 Reports

from Friends of Okura Bush AGM held 15 August 2021 at Okura Hall, Okura River Road. Chairperson’s Report Welcome everyone. It’s great to see you all. Thank you for coming this afternoon. Tena koutou katoa. Just a briefing of what FOOB has been up to over the last year and we’ll then go on to listen to our inspiring guest…

AGM 15th August 2021 at 3pm

Friends of Okura Bush warmly invite you to their Annual General Meeting. A short meeting reporting back on activities and achievements over the past year will be followed by a talk from our Guest speaker: James Dale, Professor of Zoology at Massey University. When: 3 pm Sunday 15 August 2020 Where: Okura Hall, Okura River Road, Okura Topic: The Wildlife…

Planting Day 8th August 2021

It’s that time of the year again and we have 2000 native trees to plant! This planting day is dedicated to Peter Buckley who recently passed away. He gave so generously to looking after this special area and to the community. He will be remembered fondly and sorely missed. Where: Meet at 1A Duck Creek Road, Stillwater. We have two…

RIP Peter Buckley

RIP Peter Buckley We would like to acknowledge the tremendous generosity of Peter Buckley not only to the community but to our environment. Peter was always so accommodating, sharing his wealth of knowledge of the area and helping FOOB transport so many plants out to the cheniers on the Wade River over the years in his buggy. He was a…

Pateke/Brown Teal on the lagoon

Pateke at Stillwater

Pateke/Brown Teal on the Lagoon There are three pateke on the lagoon behind the Weiti chenier – one male and two females. The male is in front and has a greeny/iridescent head and one of the females is ringed – metal/white. Pateke have bred here for the past two years at least and it’s looking good for this year too.…

20/21 Karepiro Birds

Bird News from the Beach 20/21 Seasons The Weiti and Okura cheniers and Karepiro beach offer a wonderful opportunity to view at close hand some iconic New Zealand waders. These areas are ecologically sensitive and care should be taken to keep out of the roped-off areas where New Zealand Dotterels and Variable Oystercatchers nest, and remember not to disturb the…

AGM Chairperson’s Report 2020

For those that missed out on our previous AGM….. Friends of Okura Bush AGM 16 August 2020 @4pm Okura Hall, Okura River Road Chairperson’s Report Welcome everyone. It’s great to see you all. Thank you for coming. Just a briefing of what FOOB has been up to over the last year and we’ll then go on to listen to our…

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