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History of Moehau Environment Group

• Since our Kiwi Sanctuary’s establishment in 2005 we have caught over 1984 stoats, 872 weasels, 14,568 rats, 329 hedgehogs and 36 cats, making a huge difference to the breeding success of resident Kiwi. The northern Coromandel has the highest survival rate for kiwi chicks on the mainland. Kiwi numbers have doubled on Moehau in the last nine years (while most of the country had kiwi populations declining by about 30%).
• To date the Rat Attack project has had over 150,000 trap checks and has continued to maintain the tracking of rats (3-monthly) to under 5% since 2005. Rats were tracking at 70% before the project began.
• In 2009 North Island Robins were relocated to Moehau and are now into their third breeding season on the mountain.
• 20 Pateke (Brown Teal) were released in Port Charles in 2005 and the population has rapidly expanded, with over 400 counted each year at flock sites. The Port Charles Pateke project was hailed last year as "by far the world's most prolific recovery ever recorded for an endangered waterfowl species''.
• Within predator controlled areas Kereru, Kaka, Bellbird, Tui, Banded Rail, White Eye, Grey Warbler and Kiwi are all present in significant numbers. Skink and weta populations have also expanded.
• In Waikawau Bay Wetland, populations of fernbirds, banded rail, pateke (brown teal), bittern, NZ dotterel and variable oystercatcher are all either up or stable in the wetlands. There are now over 110 fernbirds in the wetlands. Bittern (which are extremely rare) are breeding within the wetland.
• MEG annually plant over 200 trees in wetlands, the children’s forest and enhancement work on public lands.
• Each year MEG hosts several volunteer groups and international volunteers, and the organization contributed an estimated 5279 volunteer hours towards conservation in 2011.