As if you didn’t know?!!  Well, this is just a wee reminder about what we have planned to celebrate Kiwi Month and how you can get involved.  So, please grab a pen and mark these dates in your calendar (or put them in your phone if you’re that clever!). 

Whether you’d like to help out as a volunteer or simply attend an event with family and friends – we would love to see you there!

Kiwi Tracker Walks – Not Just for Kids!  

Dates:  Saturday 05 October & Saturday 26 October 2019
Time:  9.30am (05 October);  9.30am & 10.30am (26 October )
Location:  Meet at Mahy Reserve, Ōhope
What to bring: a water bottle, snacks, warm clothing, a rain coat and any personal medication.   Sturdy walking shoes/hiking boots are recommended (no jandals!)
Cost:  A koha is requested to attend these walks

Celebrate Kiwi Month with the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust and a guided walk through Ōhope Scenic Reserve!  Your guided tour will begin with a short presentation at the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust Information Trailer, which will be located at Mahy Reserve, Ōhope.  Here you will learn all about the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust and the work done by our amazing volunteers to protect and promote kiwi and other native species in the Whakatāne District.  

On completion, you will be shuttled to Burma Road and the start of the Kiwi Tracker walk.  One of our experienced and passionate volunteers will then take you on a guided walk through Ōhope Scenic Reserve, where you will experience the work of the Trust first hand, and learn all about our native flora and fauna.  Whilst there will be plenty of stops and chances to rest, a good standard of fitness is required as the track can be steep in parts.

Kiwi Wandering Trail Day

Date:  Thursday 10 October, 2019
Time:  10.00am – 4.00pm 
Location: Start at the Whakatāne Library and finish at Wairaka Centennial Park

Have you completed the Kiwi Wandering Trail yet?  If not, why not grab the kids these school holidays and find all ten of the life‑size bronze kiwi statues hidden in key locations across the heart of Whakatāne.  Our fabulous Education and Marketing Coordinator, Leah Murphy, will have the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust Information Trailer parked up near the end of the trail with games, books and a wealth of kiwi-related information for curious minds.

Pick up a Kiwi Wandering Trail brochure with clues from the Whakatāne Library or the Whakatāne I-Site, or download it from the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust website: 
https://www.whakatanekiwi.org.nz/experiences/kiwi-wandering-trail/

Please allow four hours for this activity (20 minutes for the talk, 10 minutes for the shuttle and approximately 3.5 hours for the walk).  The walk will finish back in Mahy Reserve, so you are welcome to leave any vehicles there for the duration of the activity.

Trappers Training Morning

Date:  Saturday 12 October, 2019  
Time:  09.30am – 12.30pm 
Location:  Meet at the Ōhope Road end of Burma Road, in the car park/turning area at the intersection with the Nga Tapuwae O Toi Track.
What to bring: Drink bottle, thermos of hot water, sturdy shoes.

Do you want to find out more about trapping or running your own trap line?  Or maybe you’ve been trapping for a while and you’d like to brush up your skills?  Well, this morning is for you then!

Our Pest Control Team Leader, Gaye Payze, (with support from some pro trappers!) will be running a trapping demonstration, talking about different traps and lures, and sharing some handy tips on how to up your trapping game!   And if that wasn’t enough to get you out of bed, I’ll be there with hot drinks, bikkies and (if you’re very lucky) some home baking.

Please RSVP for this event as places are limited by the number of instructors and my capacity to carry tea and coffee supplies! To register, please email me (Dani) at: volunteer@whakatanekiwi.org.nz.