Seasons greetings to all
Another year has flown by for Project Island Song - and its been a productive and enjoyable one, tinged with sadness with the tragic loss of one of our kaimahi in January. We've planted a further 4000 trees and reintroduced more toutouwai and popokotea to Urupukapuka and Moturua. Our volunteers have made weekly trips to bust weeds and monitor birds - with promising results. We're into our third year of Floating Classrooms, providing hands on environmental education for local schools. And you may have seen us at community events including the Waimate Show and Christmas parades.If you'd like to visit the islands with family and friends, the Explore ferry and Fullers GreatSights Island Adventurer run regular trips over summer. But please remember to check all your gear before you leave home for any pests - rats, mice, plague skinks or Argentine ants.
We rounded off 2016 with a visit from Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright. Jan and her team are currently working on an investigation looking at the conservation of native birds in Aotearoa, finding out why birds are in decline, and what it will take to turn things around. They visited Project Island Song to learn more about what we do on the islands and mainland of Ipipiri, and see how iwi/hapu are actively involved in this work. They were interested to hear how the project evolved, what has contributed most to its successes, and what barriers have been encountered.
From left: Adrian Walker (DOC), Stefan Gray, Jan Wright and Skye Davies (Parliamentary Commissioner’s office), Rana Rewha (Guardians of the Bay of Islands/ REP).
The Parliamentary Commissioner has produced a number of reports on various environmental topics including the use of 1080 to protect native wildlife and halt the decline in biodiversity. We'll keep you posted on her next report.
The Guardians would like to thank all our members, volunteers, landowners, and supporters who’ve helped make it another great year for Project Island Song. Thanks also to Lottery Environment and Heritage, COGS and Pub Charity who supported our species translocations this year, and to Foundation North who are helping to fund Project Island Song for a further three years. Awesome!
We wish you all a happy Christmas with whanau and friends.
Chair, Guardians of the Bay of Islands