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…

Weeding report for May 2021

For the month of May 2021, together Chris and I, we worked on both Deborah and Stillwater Reserves, doing pest plant management. For a few days we were joined by a volunteer Tadgh for the Japanese Honeysuckle and Privet control in Deborah Reserve. Kane Kvasnicka joined us for the Stillwater Reserve work.

Possum in trap

Animal Pest Control Quarterly Report Q3 2020

General We have shifted the Northern Walkway Line to the Council boundary and about to start adding another line in the bush there. Next in line is extending Stillwater Boundary and a line along Okura Esplanade Reserve, and getting some DOC250s out to get those ferrets people are spotting intermittently! Okura Bush/ Kauri Dieback Disease It is with great sadness…

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