Tītī are being reintroduced to Maungaharuru as part of the Poutiri Ao ō Tāne project. Come and see our taonga! Whānau are invited to attend on Saturday 19 March, after the Hui-ā-Hapū.
Please note – the schedule is subject to change depending on the weather.
1:15 pm Those travelling in private vehicles leave Napier for Maungaharuru field base, Pohokura Road, google map directions from Napier
2:15 pm Arrive at Maungaharuru field base – meet Boundary Stream team – light afternoon tea provided
2:45 pm Begin ferrying people to seabird site (Kabota, 4WD vehicles)
3:15 pm Tītī arrive Maungaharuru (on helicopter), Pōwhiri begins
3:30 pm Tītī begin being rehydrated and placed in burrows, people depart.
- If unsure if it is going ahead contact Boundary Stream base on 06 839 7384, or Hayley Lawrence 021 120 4346
- No telecom cell phone coverage on Maungaharuru, some vodaphone coverage present. Telecom reception can be found at Lake Opouahi.
Marginal weather plan: If the helicopter is unable to land at the seabird site on Maungaharuru, the tītī will be transported by truck. The pōwhiri will be held at the base, a tītī will be taken out of the box so people can see it. The birds will then be ferried to the site where the feeders and volunteers will be waiting to hydrate and tuck the birds in for the night in their new homes.
Protecting the track to the seabird site: If there is heavy rain prior to 19 March, high use of track is unadvisable. The pōwhiri will go ahead at the seabird site with essential personnel only (Kaumātua and support, feeders/volunteers). The track to the seabird site is critical to the success of this and other translocations. It is vulnerable to wash out and rutting especially from heavy use when wet, so we need to look after it.