In late August the Ruahine Whio Collective held their annual hui at Camp Wakarawa in Central Hawkes Bay. There was a great turnout with representatives from all groups making up the Collective.
Welcome to a rather late edition of the RWP News - it's been a busy summer/autumn. Plenty to report on - Whiowhio Hut, a Rangatahi Noho at "The Narrows", Battle for the Birds in the Northern Ruahines, updates and new trap lines and more funding for the coming year.....................
Last November wonderful whio folk Whiona and Whin (aka Fiona Burleigh and Anthony Behrens) opened WhioWhio hut - an urban hut in their backyard in Palmerston North. Open to Te Araroa trail walkers and Tour Aotearoa bikepackers, koha from visitors is donated to the Ruahine Whio Protection Trust. This is a wonderful and generous gesture that will benefit those who volunteer to help our whio. To read more about this project go to https://www.whiowhio.nz
Time for further update - it's now post Easter Autumn and the lovely weather continues. We certainly can't complain about high river levels this year.............. at least up until now.
Catch numbers are looking to be fairly average this year - and trending down after a peak in December. Catches for the Oroua are January Stoats 12, Rats 37; Feb S 5, Weasels 2, R 44 , Possums 2; March S 10, R 25, Hedgehog 1, mouse 1.
Since the last update in early November there has been a huge volunteer effort in both valleys. The rain stopped, river levels fell and the river traps have been serviced. Over the last 2 1/2 months there has been over 50 volunteer person days put in up in the hills. A bait trial has been set up and in the Oroua (including Rangi) 79 stoats or weasels, 129 rats and 4 hedgehogs have been removed from the Doc 200 traps.