November 2016 Enews

28 October 2016

November eNews

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2016 New Zealand Bird of the Year

Voting closes 5pm this Sunday (October 30th)

Have you voted in Bird of the Year yet? If not please vote kea.You can go in a draw to win a trip with Heritage Expeditions after voting. 

          Baby kea in its cavity in the Hawdon Valley.
No chicks fledged in the Hawdon last year.
Let's hope this one makes it!

Kokako and kea have been tussling for the top spot since the competition began. Kokako are lovely but since moving into their flash pad in Auckland (Ark in the Park) kokako could be said to have 'made it'. Kea are toughing it out up there in our Southern high country.
Tonight (Friday) the panel showing the numbers is taken away so over the weekend we are voting blind, but we know kea can win. Spread the word about our amazing South Island bird to friends, family, colleagues including via Facebook and Twitter. Bring it home for kea!

Can you think of a cool name for a kea? Something that might say a bit about Forest & Bird or our branch and our work? We have naming rights for three kea. Two will be named after eminent and long-serving Old Blues but one is for you to choose. Send your suggestion to North Canterbury Forest and Bird. The committee will make the final decision on the winning name.

Public Talk: Sustainable Dairying

7.30pm Tuesday 8th November WEA,
59 Gloucester Street (opp. Art Gallery)

Dairy farmer Mark Slee, who farms a large herd of 2600 cows near Ashburton, will speak on “Sustainable Dairying”, about the opportunities and challenges facing their farming business. Mark and his wife Devon won the highly competitive national Ballance Farm Environment Award in 2014 for their efforts to reduce diffuse nutrient leaching, and enhance the environment on three farms

Supper and a chat afterwards.
Sanctuary Project Launch and Christmas Gathering

26th November 2016
Western end of Coutts Island Road

1pm: Working bee

3pm: Project launch and Christmas gathering

We are having a combined celebration of our braided river project, and a pre-Christmas/end of year social get-together. A short working bee for the super-keen before hand. You are welcome to come to either or both. A few short speeches will not spoil the BBQ/picnic food and drinks, and you will have the chance to explore the area and talk about what we are trying to achieve. Bird watching is a must! It will be exciting to see what species are breeding on the river this season. We aim for this event to be a very relaxing and relaxed affair. All welcome!

2017 Conservation Calendars & Diaries


We have plenty of calendars ($16 + p&p) left and a few diaries ($23 + p&p). All proceeds from the calendar and diary sales go directly towards funding our local conservation projects and advocacy work. 

To place your order simply fill in the online order form and click Submit, and follow the instructions for payment or go to our website

Working Bees

For more details of our working bees, please go to our website here.

  • 'Sanctuary' braided-river project
    1pm-3pm: Saturday 29th October 2016
    Western end of Coutts Island Road
  • Middelmost Mudfish Project
    1pm-4pm: Sunday 13th November
     Middelmost Dairy Farm, 332 Island Rd, View Hill (west of Oxford)
  • 'Sanctuary' braided-river project
    Saturday 26th November 2016
    Western end of Coutts Island Road
  • 1pm: Working Bee
    3pm: Christmas Gathering

Braided river bird surveys

Upcoming River Bird Surveys - click for contact details.

Waitaha River and Westpower hydro proposal

There is a hydro development proposed on the Waitaha in South Westland, one of our few remaining wild rivers. The bulk of the proposal is on Public Conservation Land and all the evidence suggests further power generation on the Coast is not necessary as there are already several consented proposals to be developed. There are high natural values threatened by the proposal, other than the amazing river itself, long tailed bats, whio, kaki and falcon (all threatened species) and all will be impacted by habitat removal.

Please take the time to write a submission or simply sign the generic submission.

No Deep Sea Oil Drilling off Our Coast - submission to CCC

9:45am, Wednesday 2 November
Worcester Boulevard entrance Christchurch City Council offices

The government is again offering blocks of ocean for lease to companies for deep sea oil drilling. This is the third year of this policy which both risks our coastline ecosystems, and is utterly counter to the Paris climate accord where the world committed to reducing the use of fossil fuels.

Local authorities and iwi have until 18 November to submit their views to government, before the areas are released. For two years now Christchurch City Council has opposed these leases. They have cordially invited (supported by North Canterbury Forest and Bird) to the first meeting of the newly elected council to submit views on the leases.

Join them in presenting their submission to the new council and raising public awareness of this danger to our coastline.

Other Events

Tuhaitara Coastal Park Open Day

10am – 3pm Sunday 6th November 2016.
Woodend Beach Domain

For details of the upcoming Tuhaitara Coastal Park fifth open day, check flyer for details.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to say hello then please drop us a line.

Chair - Colleen Phillip (Ph: 981 8556)
Secretary - Frances Wall
Treasurer & public talks Ainslie Talbot
KCC - position currently vacant
Mahoe-nui BushVanessa Horwell
Website, eNews - Michael Godfrey
Boyle Base - Lesley Shand (Ph: 379 0316)
Calder Green Reserve - Mick Ingram (Ph: 03 384 8080 / 021 816633)

Membership - for changes to membership or donations.  (Ph: 0800 200 064)

Committee members - 
Valerie Campbell
Steve Attwood

Penny Wright
Helen Hills
Hugh Thorpe
George Moon
Elizabeth Guthrey

Facebook group.

Links of interest

Statistics NZ and Ministry of Environment reports on marine environment and economy and Press article.

Lord Stern on low-carbon economy.

© Vanessa Green

Diary Dates

29 October 1:00pm-3:00pm
Sanctuary project working bee

6 November 10:00am-3:00pm
Tuhaitara Coastal Park open day

8 November 7:30pm
Public talk

12 November
Ashley/Rakahuri bird survey

13 November 1pm-4pm
Middelmost working bee

19/20 November
Ashburton bird survey

26 November 
1:00pm Working bee
3:00pm  Sanctuary launch and Christmas gathering

To see a summary of upcoming events, please visit our website.