Category: Trust News

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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July update

Educator's Report It has been a busy month at the centre! • The roll out of the traps at Whakatane Intermediate is finished. The map of the traps is located on the Halo website. Halo are now linking in with the school to start logging the data. The number of rats caught so far is quite amazing. A Kotuku has been spotted on the lagoon in the last week. Connecting the beautiful native birds to the trapping programme is incredibly important. • Otakiri School year 4/5 came to the centre for their second visit this year. [...]

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June 2021 Update

Educator’s Report The roll out of the 160 rat traps that Whakatane Intermediate made at the centre has been great. So many rats have been caught in the traps. The students have been really into the project and have created some pretty cool trap designs. The roll out of the traps at Whakatane Intermediate has been great. We are half way through and already the rats and mice that are being caught is incredible. The students are really engaged in the learning. We had an article in the Beacon in regard to the programme and I have sent a message [...]

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May 2021 update

Educator’s Report Term 1 at the centre has been amazing with school groups most days. Key points 19 Intermediate classes have visited the centre. The programme has been amazing with great feedback from the teachers and the students. The follow up is myself and Gaia Ohare from Halo going into the school during the first week of next term to set the traps. Otakiri school: We had Otakiri year 2/3 visit for a day. This was their first trip up to the centre. The focus for them was on nativie birds and pests. It was a busy but fun day. The [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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