Waitakere Branch Walks and Talks

Waitakere Forest & Bird talk Thursday 15th March 7:30pm

Michelle Impey, Executive Director, “Kiwis for Kiwi”

"Saving our national icon - an ambitious plan to grow the kiwi population" -

Amidst the constant barrage of doom and gloom news around the environment, there is a positive story in the making with kiwi conservation. Started in 1991, the national kiwi recovery programme has grown from a couple of kiwi scientist to now include thousands of Kiwis working to halt the decline of kiwi and this hard work is paying off. In areas where predators are being managed, kiwi populations are growing. This is most evident in the North Island, where community-led and Māori-led conservation projects are most prevalent. For the first time in the history of the programme, we are on the cusp of not just halting the decline, but reversing it and starting to grow the kiwi population. Kiwis for kiwi is a national charity that protects kiwi and the places they live by supporting community conservation projects.  It has recently launched an ambitious strategy to grow kiwi by harnessing this network of community and Maori led conservation projects.

 Michelle's talk will focus on this strategy, including informative background and information about kiwi. Venue: Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa/Great North Rd. Non members welcome. Further information Liz 0274 762732 lizanstey@hotmail.com


Waitakere Forest & Bird talk Thursday 19th April 7:30pm

Annabeth Cohen Forest & Bird’s Freshwater Conservation Advocate

Are we doing enough to protect our freshwater ecosystems?

National Standards and Regional Plans are where we start protecting our freshwater ecosystems, but are those enough? What are we missing? When it comes to swimmability, does that include our fish? What more must be done to fix our freshwater crisis. With an MSc in Hydro-Informatics & Water Management, Annabeth has worked at GNS & NIWA and internationally in hydrologic and groundwater modelling since graduating in 2012. Beyond research and report writing, she has campaigned in Aotearoa for the last 4-years on environmental protection. Venue: Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa/Great North Rd. Non members welcome, join us for supper afterwards. Koha appreciated to cover hall hire. For further information ph Liz 0274 762732 lizanstey@hotmail.com


Waitakere Forest & Bird talk Thursday 17th May 7:30pm

Gillian Waddams, Project Manager Ark in the Park

Species Translocation, Kokako Update and AGM

Gillian Wadams is project manager of the outstanding conservation project Ark in the Park, in the Waitakere Ranges. Now in its 16th year, the project is currently 2270 hectares of unfenced, predator controlled native bush on Auckland Council land. Gillian will talk about how the kōkako (that were first reintroduced to the ranges by Ark in the Park) are now doing, as well as update us on other translocated species – robins and whitehead. Have you ever wondered why certain species could be a candidate for translocation while others are not, come and find out. Hosted by the Waitakere Branch of Forest & Bird, we’ll start our yearly AGM with short updates on our branch projects - Matuku Reserve, Habitat te Henga, Ark in the Park and Harbourview/Motu Manawa plus Tai Haruru Lodge and our outreach and communication work. This will be followed by Gillian’s talk then supper. Venue: Kelston Community Hall, corner of Great North and Awaroa Roads, Kelston. Free and all welcome. Further information contact Liz 0274 762732, lizanstey@hotmail.com