Hastings-Havelock North

About Us

The Hastings-Havelock North branch has 250 members and encompasses the areas of Hastings, Havelock North and stretches out west.  We meet once a month for branch meetings and join with the Napier Branch for a monthly field trip on a Sunday.  The area is home to one of New Zealand’s biggest gannet colonies out at Cape Kidnappers.

Photo: Vaughan Cooper 

Blowhard Bush

Our local reserve, Blowhard Bush was gifted to the branch in 1960 by the Lowry family.

The large 63 hectare reserve is home to a large number of native species.

The branch has been replanting and eradicating introduced pests to return it to its original state and now the population of native birds is growing.

The bush also has walks that range from 1/2 an hour through to 2 and 1/2 hours.


Get involved

The branch is always looking for new members and volunteers so if you would like to get involved please get in touch.

There are opportunities for volunteers at Blowhard Bush, the Pukahu Project and the branch native tree Nursery.


Poukawa Stream

Hastings-Havelock North is also working with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to restore the banks of the Poukawa Stream which drains the wetlands that form the Pekapeka Regional Park.

Our vision is to have the stream in a fit state to support aquatic and terrestrial life thus enabling birds to travel across our region from the Kawekas to the coast. 

It is hoped that in the future there will be walkways enabling people to access this section of the Park and our section of the stream will provide good aesthetics for people using such walkways.  To achieve this we will be planting native plants and caring for them.  In the first year following each planting the area planted will require monthly weeding and/or watering to ensure the plants get established. In subsequent years new areas will be planted and the previously planted areas are expected to need less weeding and watering but it is possible that infill planting will be necessary.