Autumn update – 2024

As some of you will be aware the Manawahe Kokako population may be on the mend. A recent

census found no loss of adult birds and confirmed the fledging of 4 new chicks. The most exciting

part of this is that one of the pairs is an original Manawahe bird paired with a bird translocated from

Kaharoa, so introducing new genes into the population. The goal of the two translocations carried

out by the Kokako Trust was to boost genetic diversity so this is a great result. MET will employ

contractors to do another census later in the year and that will give us better information about

what’s happening out there

This success is down to the hard work of dedicated volunteers and landowners supported by the

Regional Council. There are now over 2500 bait stations in the Manawahe Corridor and MET has

over 700 traps operating serviced regularly by volunteers. Keeping up our volunteer numbers is an

ongoing challenge and we are always struggling to maintain coverage of all of our trap lines. If

walking round the bush once every couple of weeks checking traps sounds like your thing, please

contact us – manawaheecotrust@gmail.com

To help overcome our manpower issues MET has invested in 32 more AT220 self- resetting traps.

These will target possums, rats, mice, feral cats and do also catch the odd stoat. These only need

checking once every 4 months so are very useful in out of the way places but they are not cheap at

around $500 each.

Walking around the bush over the last week I have noticed a lot more seeding growth including

species palatable to wallaby and deer such as Pate, and Hangehange. This is probably a reflection of

the increased pressure on wallaby by the Regional Council, landowners and MET along with more

active deer control on some properties. This is so important for forest health and survival of native

biodiversity as often birds feed on the same plants that browsers love.

A great result from one of our DOC250 traps, weasels like this are a threat to kokako and other native birds. A great trick to identify weasels is by their short tail that has no black tip.

Ko Mauao, ko Otawa ngā maunga,
Ko Waitao te awa,
Nō Nōwei ōku tīpuna, engari i whānau mai au i Aotearoa. I tipu ake au i Te Puke.
Ko Jake Andersen tōku ingoa.
My name is Jake and I am the new educator here for Manawahe Eco Trust. I was raised below the next range to the north, in a little town called Te Puke. My passion for native forests and restoration of these taonga pushed me into a Bachelor of Teaching and a Diploma in Environmental Management, and I have been working with students in this space since 2017.
Native planting, predator control and environmental education has been the focus of my mahi over this period and I love igniting a passion for our unique flora & fauna within our next generations. It really lights my fire working together with community to help restore the mauri of our incredible forest ecosystems!