Select Your Style

Choose Color style

Author: Manawahe Eco Trust

April update from our team

Development Coordinator’s Report As we move into winter the two conservation groups, the Kokako trust and the Manawahe Ecotrust have both just completed their rodent monitors in the almost 1000Ha bush block running from McIvor road up to the top of the cell tower. The combined rat tracking index was less than 2% tracking which is an excellent result given that 5% is the standard target to allow successful kokako breeding. There is now a huge conservation effort being put into the Manawahe corridor by landowners and volunteers supported by both trusts. From McIvor road to Matata there are now around [...]

Read More

March update from our Education Coordinator

The Manawahe Ecological Community Centre has been buzzing with students since week 2 of the school term. Whakatane Intermediate school have taken on an exciting project. All 20 of the school classes are visiting for a day to learn about the importance of protecting our birds and bush and why we need to be doing pest control. Each class is making 8 rat traps to take back to their school to set up an extensive backyard trapping programme around the Awatapu Lagoon and the Riverside drive river bank area. The students will learn how to monitor a trap line, and then [...]

Read More

February 2021 – Monthly update

Education update I have been busy preparing for the schools that are visiting in term 1, which includes 23 classes from Whakatane Intermediate, Otakiri School, Awakeri School and Awhina boys programme from Rotorua. The programme will involve building tunnel rat traps, talking about pests and trapping and looking at the trap line at the Centre. We will also be doing an environmental challenge and a beach clean up at Lake Rotoma with the Intermediate students. The term is going to be very busy; it will be great to have so many students pass through the Centre and be part of the programme. The [...]

Read More

November 2020 update

Manawahe Eco Trust Environmental Education programme. It has been a busy month up at the centre. Work has started again in the food forest, there are all sorts of interesting gardens and plantings. February should be a great time for harvesting food. This month has had the following groups visit: Awakeri year 3/4’s: This group of students came up for day trip that started at 9am and finished at 7.30pm. We managed to fit a 2-day programme into one long day. The group started at Karaponga reserve with a trip to the falls, the students then made amazing insect houses, did a [...]

Read More

Monthly update October 2020

New Administrator for the MET Kia ora, my name is Hannah Flatman and I am very excited to have joined the Manawahe Eco Trust working part-time as the administrator. I come from a conservation background, having worked for DOC as a biodiversity ranger for 7 years and more recently working for the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust. I’m looking forward to being a part of all the great work that the MET undertakes at the education centre! Education report from the Manawahe Eco trust It has been great to have the centre buzzing again with students over the last two weeks. Over 190 students have been [...]

Read More

Monthly Update March and April 2020

Education Report The last four weeks have been very interesting.  The first part of the month saw the centre in full action with camps and keen students, to the last week where camps have had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 concerns.  All camps have been cancelled for the rest of this term; however, the teachers are very keen to re-book for the end of the year all going well. The Sustainable backyards day didn’t go ahead; however, it was good to have Gail, Peter and myself do a few hours of maintenance and cleaning, without getting too close to each [...]

Read More

Monthly Update July 2020

Education Report It is interesting seeing how schools are reacting to Covid-19.  There are some that are no longer going to have school camps and are looking for a day trip type activity, and others that are not restricted at all.  Sadly, I have had the first cancellation that is connected to the $150 donation scheme.  Schools seem to be managing this scheme differently. Things that have happened over the last month.  Connected with Principals from Apanui, Allandale, Whakatane Intermediate, St Joseph's Whakatane, Paroa School. Schools are keen to have an Environmental programme in the school.  Whakatane Intermediate has cancelled camps [...]

Read More

Monthly Update June 2020

Education Report This month has given me a sense of normality having students back up at the centre. June has seen three schools return to the centre. Trident High School Great Barrier class had a great camp. They did some work in the food forest, helped with track clearing and setting up the auto traps with Peter. They also got to experience the Kokako block and Karaponga falls. Whakatane High School: Enviro group. We had the most amazing experience with Popokotea in the Kokako block.  These students built trap boxes and also started the winter planting programme. SEC as usual are great [...]

Read More

Monthly Update May 2020

Education Report It is nice to be in Level 2 and to be able to get out and about a little more. I have enjoyed being back in the bush, filling bait stations and checking traps as well as being involved in the health checks on KIWI.  Tho in terms of actual work I am really starting to miss engaging with students. Schools are in a difficult situation; many are very keen to get their students to settle into the routine of school again.  Although EOTC programmes can work, it is definitely more difficult under the level 2 guidelines, most enquiries are for [...]

Read More

Monthly Update Feb 2020

Environmental Educator Report The centre is up and running after the summer holiday.  It has been good to get the place looking good and ready for camps.  The garden survived the summer and is producing food. Achievements this month: School and house clean up in preparation for camps. Creating a weta/insect house out of pallet wood supplied by Glenns Glass. Meeting and working with Teresa from DOC, completing a community agreement to do the trap line in the Matata lagoon. NCEA Education for Sustainability planning for Trident Developing a different programme to cater for students that are returning to the centre. Establishing [...]

Read More