Kea whirling overhead, Penguins calling through the night, Falcons swooping from the tops of rata trees and along an open beach startling the godwits. Limestone outcrops tumbling into the ocean encrusted with sea life or further inland riddled with caves hiding cave weta and giant Spelungula spiders. Huge flocks of Kereru gathering through the winter months to feed and mournful Ruru calling from their night-time perches. Piwakaka, Tui, Korimako, are common while long finned eels and banded kokopu inhabit the streams. Sounds like a lost utopia combining the best of the Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks but this paradise exists and is an area where many Golden Bays residents are lucky enough to call home.
Project Mohua are interested in supporting a community group to come together and work on protecting and enhancing this special part of the landscape roughly defined as being from Motupipi township (Kite Te Tahu Creek) to Wainui encompassing many of Golden Bay's limestone reserves, the Grove, Pohara Scenic Reserve, Abel Tasman Memorial and the Tata Islands.
Project Mohua are holding an open public forum, with the support of DOC and TDC, at the Pohara Hall on Sat May 15th from 10am-12pm to engage with the locals of this area and gauge the level of interest in forming a group, or sub-groups, to undertake trapping, weeding, planting, habitat creation, etc to enable the environment of this unique area to thrive and flourish.
The focus will be on bringing the community together to discuss what we have and what more we can do to protect this slice of paradise. There will be topic displays on trapping, weed identification, and planting so folk can learn more about their areas of interest.
There will also be an opportunity to find out about the work already underway in some of these areas by volunteers, the halo work being promoted by Project Janszoon, the Mohua Blue Penguin Trust, Project De-Vine Environmental Trust and others.