Gossip from the Island

 

More Kiwi destined for Motutapu

Up to 16 Coromandal Brown Kiwi are due to be released on Motutapu in April this year! The largest release of kiwi on Motutapu to date.

The Kiwi is the fourth endangered bird species to be released on Motutapu and Rangitoto since the declaration of the islands being pest free in 2011 after an intensive eradication in 2009. The Kiwi will join the likes of Takahe, Teike (Saddleback) and Shore Plover as introduced species. However visitors to Motutapu and Rangitoto islands will also enjoy spotting Bellbirds, Kakareki (which have made their own way to our shores), Piwakawaka (Fantails), Harrier Hawks, North Island Dotterels, Oyster Catchers, Pied Stilts, Black Backed Gulls and much more.

 

MOEC Passes Safety Audit Once Again

Even though the Government has only just insisted on industry regulation and safety audits MOEC has been a part of the Outdoors Mark programme since 2009. This certification shows that an organisation has sound systems and procedures in place, ranging from how we hire and train our staff to how we report and track incidents. The checks include an annual paper audit and a three yearly site visit from an industry expert.

MOEC is proud to announce that we have once again passed our practical audit for the operations based out here on Motutapu Island and for the first time have also passed the audit relating to our off site programmes based in the Central Plateau region.

 

New Propogation Shed and TLC to Shadehouse and Greenhouse Open Up MOEC's Ability to Offer Environmental Education Activities

The new propogation shed built in late 2013 is finally set up and ready to go and along with the shadehouse getting a new floor and the area getting a much needed spring clean has meant that MOEC is now ready to offer clients the chance to participate with MOEC in assisting both the Department of Conservation and the Motutapu Restoration Trust in achieving their aims of replanting 33 % of Motutapu.

This ambitious project has a wide range of specific activities you can join in no matter what time of year. From seed collection, to plant propogation, site weeding and tree planting there is never a dull month here at the hub of MOEC Enviromental Education.

A special mention must be made to Stacey Bensemann (the lovely wife of Senior Instructor Gav) for seeing through the funding and fitting out of our sparkling new premises. She is also assisting MOEC with the development of programmes and activities as well as spending many hours working on seed germination and taking care of our precious wee plants when no groups are around.

 

Working Relationships With Other Island Users

We continue to enjoy working alongside the Department of Conservation (DoC), Motutapu Restoration Trust (MRT) and Motutapu Farms Ltd (MFL) with the aim of ensuring that Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands continue to be a top destination for local and international visitors. A huge congratulations to the team for another successful DUAL even held over the weekend.