Lots more plants in the ground
Our 2016 planting season was very successful with a further 4000 plants in the ground. Island planting is a logistical challenge for all involved - transporting plants and people over water. And this year we increased to five separate planting sites on Urupukapuka and Moturua.
Weed-busting: Another productive year
Weeds are a growing problem. To help protect the islands against weed infestation, the Project Island Song team have developed and are now implementing a long-term weed management plan. The plan identifies how best to tackle priority weeds, and allows us to strategically control or eradicate existing weeds and prevent new ones arriving. Nasties such as moth plant, tobacco weed and boneseed are just some of the weeds that will be targeted by the Project Island Song Weedbusters. Thanks to Barbara Parris, Jocelyn Powell, Tim Armitage, Rod Brown, Theresa Vujcich, Fleur Corbett, with input from DOC and NRC staff to develop the strategy.
Paihia Summer Festival
8 to 14 January 2017
Eight days of fun free events for families to enjoy, for locals and visiting families alike! Awesome fun for the whole family during the long summer holidays at no charge – Full programme of events can be found here
Hot topic: Keeping the islands pest free this summer
Biosecurity is a hot topic for Project Island Song – even hotter at this time of year as visitor numbers increase. For Project Island Song, biosecurity means when you're visiting the islands this summer, here's what NOT to bring...
Wananga: Marae-based Learning
Rana, Viki and the REP team have extended their mainland pest control, island biosecurity checks and maintenance contracts and are now also organising a series of local wananga (training courses).
We've been out and about
Project Island Song has been out and about at local events over the past few months.
Lending a hand
Frucor Corporate Social Responsibility
Frucor sponsored 400 trees for Project Island Song, some of which were planted by a very enthusiastic lot from their sales and marketing team on Thursday 1st September.
Weedbusting, summer 2016
Our Project Island Song summer weed-busting season on Urupukapuka finished at the end of April with the conclusion of Explore’s summer ferry service to Otehei Bay, and is now underway on Moturua.
Successful Toutouwai release on Urupukapuka
On Sunday 29 May, Project Island Song released 30 toutouwai (North Island robins) in Entico Bay, Urupukapuka. This, the second of toutouwai translocations to Ipipiri, was the culmination of ten days hard work in Pureora Forest; the weather was against the team making it extremely difficult to gather the requisite number and gender of birds for translocation to the Bay of Islands.
The toughest incursion season yet
The pest-free islands of Ipipiri, Bay of Islands, are becoming a mecca for birdlife. Since the eradication in 2009, tomtit, fantail and tui are thriving in the absence of predators, and the new arrivals of toutouwai (North Island robin), tieke (saddleback) and popokotea (whitehead) have found sanctuary in their new home with successful breeding seasons reported. With the proximity to the mainland and accessibility of these islands for everybody to enjoy, these safe havens are constantly monitored and managed to defend from invading predators.