Getting out into the field

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It’s always valuable when the people behind the scenes in any organisation get out to the coal-face where the action they support is taking place. So a recent opportunity for some of the Trustees of the Trees for Survival Charitable Trust to do just that was welcomed by all.

TfS National Manager, Don Roa, reports on a very successful visit:
“On Thursday 20 March several of the TfS Trustees visited the Mataia Restoration Project located on the Kaipara Coast Highway near Warkworth.  This large-scale private conservation project of 400 hectares, started in 2005 is made up largely of coastal native forest margin and salt marsh wetland.

Restoration planting at Mataia

“The area boasts rare populations of Fernbird and Banded Rail and is host to a large number of other native bird species. The salt marsh area is a significant roosting ground for arctic waders including Godwits as well as local migrants such as Pied Oystercatchers, Pied Stilts, Banded Dotteral and Caspian Terns.

“As well as the re-vegetation planting with fencing off of bush corridors and riparian margins, there is extensive pest and predator control continuously carried out.

“The Trustees were thrilled to see the TfS programme working on the Mataia project where restoration embraces the further step of improving the region’s biodiversity, particularly with the restored area now an approved Kiwi habitat into which the first North Island Brown Kiwi were released in May 2013.

Visitors from left: John Guthrie (Pakuranga Rotary Club); Don Bowater (Trustee Secretary/Treasurer); Del Johnston (Adviser to Trust); Noel Holyoake (Trustee); Peter Taylor (Trustee) and Joan Guthrie

“Four TfS schools – AhuroaKaipara FlatsMeadowbank and Tauhoa – contribute to planting programmes. The students of Meadowbank School raise approximately 1000 trees annually which are then planted by them in the riparian margins of the Mataia Stream.”

This long term project managed by Kevin and Gill Adshead is aimed at restoring and enhancing the considerable ecological values of the area. The TfS news August 2012 has a detailed report on the project; see also


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