Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

Community Organisation

Forest & Bird - Northern Branch
Forest & Bird Northern Branch P O Box 1375WHANGAREI 0114
54 days ago
124 days ago

REMINDER 9.00am Community Planting

Branch Secretary from Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

This Sunday on 9th August 2020 at 9.00am-11.30am.

This planting is in partnership with the Matariki Tu Rakau programme facilitated by Forward Whangarei. The Matariki Tu Rakau programme (a part of One Billion Trees) is about creating living memorials for returned and fallen soldiers 100 years on … View more
This Sunday on 9th August 2020 at 9.00am-11.30am.

This planting is in partnership with the Matariki Tu Rakau programme facilitated by Forward Whangarei. The Matariki Tu Rakau programme (a part of One Billion Trees) is about creating living memorials for returned and fallen soldiers 100 years on from the First World War. We will position a plaque honouring this on the final planting day. Find out more at www.treeteam.co.nz....

Also this event is being organised by the Forest & Bird Northern Branch Committee and Coordinated by Ariki Henare, Forest & Bird Youth Northland with the Whangarei District Council Parks Department & NRC Cr Jack Craw.

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your own spade, rain coat, wear suitable covered footwear, gardening gloves, sunhat, water drink bottle and a friend. All children should be accompanied by an adult at all times. No dogs please.

PARKING & TOILETS: Car parking and toilets are available at beginning of track of A H Reed Memorial, Whareora Road, Whangarei.

PLEASE REGISTER: For catering purposes please register at northern.branch@forestandbird.org.nz or text on (021) 585562.

There will be a 5 min Health & Safety Briefing and sign in at the beginning.

120 days ago

POSTPONED - Matariki Tu Rakau Community Planting Day - 2 August 2020 9am

Branch Secretary from Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

8.00am Sunday 2nd August 2020

Due to the weather and the Hatea Track being closed because of damge from previous flooding this event has been POSTPONED until 9th & 16th August 2020.

We will keep you informed.

124 days ago

Forest & Bird (2020 Old Blue Award Winner) - Pat Heffey

Branch Secretary from Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

Patricia (Pat) Heffey of Kamo has been awarded Forest & Bird’s leading Old Blue honour for her decades working to protect nature in Northland, including her leading role in saving Ngunguru Sandspit from development.

Former Forest & Bird Northern branch chair Jack Craw said Pat had never… View more
Patricia (Pat) Heffey of Kamo has been awarded Forest & Bird’s leading Old Blue honour for her decades working to protect nature in Northland, including her leading role in saving Ngunguru Sandspit from development.

Former Forest & Bird Northern branch chair Jack Craw said Pat had never sought the limelight but her love of nature and of fairness motivated her half century involvement in Forest & Bird. Her passion for nature was also evident in her prolific letter writing to local papers and in her work as a teacher.

“She’s a humble person who thinks nature has its own rights and she hates to see it laid to waste,” Jack Craw said. “She’s determined but I’ve never seen her lose it, she’s very dignified.”

Pat has been involved in many conservation activities with Forest & Bird, including the revegetation and restoration of Matakohe-Limestone Island. She ran field trips and served as the Northern branch chair for a period during 25 years as a branch committee member.

The long-running campaign to save Ngunguru Sandspit became one of her main issues after she and her late husband moved there in the mid-1980s. The sandspit is an important site for coastal wildlife and plants and has great cultural significance for local Māori.

“I worked like a lunatic on saving the sandspit for about 20 years. Things were happening and nobody was doing anything at that stage, so I got to work and I was surprised how many people really cared,” Pat said.

The efforts of Pat and other campaigners paid off in 2011 when the government bought the sandspit and added it to the conservation estate.

“It was very satisfying but I couldn’t believe how long it took to achieve, it was decades.”

Pat said her activism came from a determination from a young age to think for herself and the realisation that many people did not have their voices heard.

“I’ve been able to meet lots of wonderful people over the years and it’s been lovely to know there has been that backing from all sorts of people.”

The Old Blue is awarded annually by New Zealand’s largest independent conservation organisation to people who have made an outstanding contribution to Forest & Bird or to the organisation’s conservation goals.

The award commemorates the last breeding female black robin which, thanks to work led by pioneering conservationist Don Merton, saved her species from extinction in the 1980s.

PHOTO: In 1979 the black robin of the Chatham Islands was on the brink of extinction, with only five birds left. When the Wildlife Service intervened to rescue them in 1980, there was only one female who could lay fertile eggs. She became known as Old Blue. Today there are 200 or more living black robins – all of them her descendants.

124 days ago

Day 2 - Matariki Tu Rakau Community Tree Planting Sunday 9th August 2020

Branch Secretary from Forest & Bird - Northern Branch

Starting next Sunday on 9th August 2020 at 9.30am-11.30am at the A H Reed Memorial Park, Whareora Road, Whangarei.

This planting is in partnership with the Matariki Tu Rakau programme facilitated by Forward Whangarei. The Matariki Tu Rakau programme (a part of One Billion Trees) is about creating … View more
Starting next Sunday on 9th August 2020 at 9.30am-11.30am at the A H Reed Memorial Park, Whareora Road, Whangarei.

This planting is in partnership with the Matariki Tu Rakau programme facilitated by Forward Whangarei. The Matariki Tu Rakau programme (a part of One Billion Trees) is about creating living memorials for returned and fallen soldiers 100 years on from the First World War. We will position a plaque honouring this on the final planting day. Find out more at www.treeteam.co.nz.......

Also this event is being organised by the Forest & Bird Northern Branch Committee and Coordinated by Ariki Henare, Forest & Bird Youth Northland with the Whangarei District Council Parks Department & NRC Cr Jack Craw.

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your own spade, rain coat, wear suitable covered footwear, gardening gloves, sunhat, water drink bottle and a friend. All children should be accompanied by an adult at all times. No dogs please.

PARKING & TOILETS: Car parking and toilets are available at beginning of track of A H Reed Memorial, Whareora Road, Whangarei.

PLEASE REGISTER: For catering purposes please register at northern.branch@forestandbird.org.nz or text on (021) 585562.

There will be a 5 min Health & Safety Briefing and sign in at the beginning.

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