WekaWatch Kawakawa Bay Inc
Weka are rare on the North Island mainland, our birds here in the Bay are national treasures. We must do everything we can to protect and enjoy them.
In 2004 the presence of a number of endangered North Island weka was confirmed at Kawakawa Bay. The origin of this population is uncertain but the fact that the weka are thriving so far from the other mainland populations in the Bay of Islands and the East Cape area is remarkable.
WekaWatch Kawakawa Bay Inc is a small incorporated society with charity status set up by residents interested in studying these birds and ensuring their long term survival.
We regularly monitor the status of the Kawakawa Bay weka population, undertake predator control in the core area to protect the birds, educate the public about the weka and their importance and access funds to support our work.
The aims of WekaWatch Kawakawa Bay are:-
1. To educate the public about the weka and their importance
2. To monitor the status of the weka population
3. To undertake predator control in a core area to protect the population.
4. To access funds to help us achieve these aims
Where are the weka and how many are there?
The core weka area is east of the Kawakawa Bay boat ramp, an area of coastal native bush, farm land and pine plantation. The first weka discovered were found at the back of Waiti Bay, but they have spread more widely, back behind the coast and towards Orere Point.