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Moehau Environment Group
Moehau Environment Group is a volunteer organisation which has achieved 19 years of coordinated intensive predator control, with habitat restoration projects covering over 13,000 hectares, primarily on private land.
This has allowed for the recovery of many endangered species in the Northern Coromandel including dramatic turnarounds for kiwi, fern birds, Bittern, Kaka and Spotless crake. Our hard work has allowed for the successful reintroduction of the North Island Robin and Pateke (Brown Teal), with both species now successfully breeding in the area.
Our projects include;
The Port Charles Rat Attack - 350 ha of intensive predator control involving 44 land owners. The project provides a safe breeding habitat for native birds that find it impossible to breed where rats are present and enhances the regeneration of the bush. The area offers one of the safest predator controlled habitats with consistent control of rats, cats, stoats and possums over a large area. 2500 rat traps are checked by our field team monthly. We are currently in the process of extending this area thanks to funding from NZ Lotteries.
The MEG Kiwi Sanctuary covers 10,400 ha of mainly private land and involves over 370 landowners. MEG pays five part-time trappers to check 920 traps monthly. The project borders two large areas of kiwi protection undertaken by DOC and Iwi. With almost 30,000 hectares of stoat trapping the Northern Coromandel is the largest predator controlled kiwi habitat on the New Zealand Mainland.
A ‘Coast to Coast’ Possum Control Buffer Zone - Our Baitstation infrastructure currently covers 3500 hectares of public and private land. This project provides a ‘buffer’ of protection against reinvasion of possums into the Moehau Range and allows for the successful breeding of native bird species.
The Coromandel Area School Kiwi Project - MEG works in partnership with the school and volunteers to maintain 1200ha of kiwi habitat.
The Waikawau Bay Wetlands Project - covers 75ha of private land and involves 90 bait stations and 250 rat traps. MEG conducts a fortnightly trapping regime for rodents, a three monthly monitoring programme to check effectiveness, and annual surveys to assess bird populations.
Advocacy and Education - this includes school visits, media articles, events and running an educational Summer Holiday Programme.