Friends of Hunua Ranges promotes sustainable use of the Hunua Ranges, and supports protection of existing - sometimes endangered - bird and plant life, re-introductuion of lost species, and regeneration, while ensuring that its recreational use is not only not compromised but also improved where possible or required.
FoHR relies on donations and fundraising. Selling Weta Motels and Stoat Traps will be a way to raise funds, and at the same time raise the awareness and involvement of the public regarding the natural gem on our backdoor step that the Hunua Ranges represents.
If you are going to the Ranges, please be careful and follow instructions posted in the area about Kauri Dieback disease. This is a deadly disease, killing kauri trees throughout the Auckland region. The Hunua Ranges are currently a healthy kauri area - help us keep it this way.
Park information: http://regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/hunuaranges
Eye On Nature is an award-winning environmental education event held annually at the Auckland Botanic Gardens.
The event is organised by the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust in association with many of New Zealand's leading environmental organisations, with the assistance of Auckland Council and local boards.
And once again we were there, helping the public gain information about the wonderful Hunua Ranges. This year's theme was "Water for Life" which sat well with the fact that the dams in the Hunua Ranges provide Auckland with over 60% of it's potable water.
Our tireless volunteers Mary and Ranger Ali worked all day arranging colouring competitions, constantly resetting the energy sapping Rat Game, distributing information pamphlets and handling general enquiries.
And as if that wasn't enough, they also had on display our great new Weta Hotels and Stoat Traps. We are running a campaign where you can get yourself a ready-built Weta Hotel for your own property for a small donation to FoHR - or even donate to have some Weta Hotels and/or Stoat Traps placed in strategic locations around the Hunua Ranges. Information on our dedicated Weta Hotels section right here.
If the email newsletter sign-up form was anything to go by, there are plenty of people interested to stay informed about the treasure that is the Hunua Ranges so a big well done to Mary and Ali and their part-time helper Gabb for spreading the word.
Every year the Rangers of Southern Regional Parks put on a day of food and activity as thanks to volunteers who have given their time over the year. This year was special in that volunteers got a sneak preview of work on the soon-to-be-opened Waitawa Regional Park...