December 2022 Update

We are really excited to feature in the Summer issue of Forest and Bird magazine with a great article written by Peter Fergusson on the wallaby control he has been leading in Manawahe. You can check it out by clicking here to download the article. F&B_Mag_386_Summer_2022_38-39  

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November 2022 Update

Predator Control Update We have just completed our post poisoning rat monitor and got zero rats, 26% mice and 44% invertebrates. This is a good result especially good to see the big number of invertebrates which is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. When rats are low the mice often rise as a result. Our bait stations struggle to lower mice numbers as they are too far apart for mice. (they would need to be 10m apart due to the small home range of mice). Zero rats is great, as a comparison Whirinaki forest had a recent rat monitor of 40% We are [...]

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August 2022 Update

MET hosted a presentation on native forest restoration on Saturday with Dr David Bergin from Tane’s Tree Trust and there was a great turnout of 70 people. His presentation was particularly relevant for the Manawahe area as much of our remaining forest is fragmented into pockets and this creates problems for bird movement, genetic diversity and seed dispersal. The Manawahe forests have also had decades of browsing from deer and wallaby which has reduced their diversity with many of the more palatable species having been reduced to low levels. The Manawahe kokako population is a particular case where this very [...]

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June 2022 Update

These last few weeks have been really busy at the Manawahe Eco Centre. We have had a variety of activities running this term including day trips from Otakiri and Awakeri Schools where we have visited the Karaponga Waterfall, made kites, had scavenger hunts and taken part in team-building activities. We also had a great visit from the Special Education department at Western Heights High School in Rotorua.   A highlight from this term has been hosting a 3-day camp with the year 12 Outdoor Education students from Whakatane High School. The students went mountain biking at Onepu, took part in raft building at [...]

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May 2022 Update

Volunteers wanted! We are currently seeking volunteers who are keen to help out as marshalls  for a few hours during our school multisport race on May 26th, please get in touch with Hilary if you are interested to find out more at educ.met@gmail.com We are also looking for volunteers who are keen to check a trapline every couple of weeks to help keep predator numbers low throughout Manawahe. Please get in touch with Peter if you are keen to learn more about what’s involved with this; petewfergusson@gmail.com Indigenous Forestry Presentation – Saturday July 2nd Join us for a presentation by Dr David Bergin from [...]

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March 2022 Update

Education Update - Hilary Hurst This month kicked off with a steady flow of students from Whakatane Intermediate with a 5 week series of “Turf” days. This is where each class in the school comes up for a time of getting to know each other as well as how our area can be used for recreation.  As half of each class from the school has been up last year - the challenge has been to find activities they’ve not done before. The current programme features a walk up to Karaponga Waterfall, followed by activities at the MET Centre and finishing with a [...]

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February 2022 Update

Education Update: Hilary Hurst Summer has been a quiet time up at the centre but that will change now that the school year is underway. Terms 1 and 2 are shaping up to be a very busy time for us, with visits and camps from several schools from Whakatane, Kawerau and Rotorua booked in. We are really excited to have the centre buzzing with students again! Predator Control Update: Peter Fergusson The summer period has been spent with a focus on trap maintenance and weed control to keep our traps visible and attractive to target predators and to keep the traps easy to [...]

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December 2021 Update

Education Update: Hilary Hurst After a quiet winter - things have ramped up at the centre - with James Street School booking a total of seven days and also visits from Rotokawa School from Rotorua and the year 8’s from Tarawera High School. Term 1 is almost fully booked for next year. Currently the most popular activities are: “Making stuff” especially rat trap boxes - You can expect to see these trap boxes around James Street School and the adjacent Awatapu lagoon. “Weedbusting” Spring has meant an absolute overtaking of the bush area by the very invasive Montbretia - and the students are super [...]

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October – November update 2021

Education update With winter, lockdown and school holidays it has been a quiet time for visitors up at the centre. However in the background things are simmering away and bookings are coming in steadily for term 4 (get in quick - December is filling up fast). Projects under way Developing the shade house for growing plants for the edible gardens Looking into running an outdoor first aid course for locals and other users to be run at the centre - especially now we have a defibrillator Developing educational units and resources especially focused on birds, adaptations, foodchains Developing a mindfulness walk What you [...]

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September update

Education News August 2021: Hilary Hurst INTRO Hi from Hilary -the new Educator at Manawahe. Christchurch born and bred, with 20 yrs in Palmy, I’ve now been in the Bay of Plenty for 10 years. I’m a semi-retired Science and Chemistry teacher with a strong interest in the outdoors, behaviour (human and animal) and kayaking. I’ve taught High School Science for 12 years and kayaking for over 20. I have also managed outdoor retail stores (including Alp Sports for those of you old enough to remember), competed in a few adventure races (Coast to Coast and Southern Traverse) and have completed a [...]

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