WekaWatch Kawakawa Bay Volunteer Safety Protocols

WekaWatch has taken all practicable steps to minimise the safety risks for our volunteers. WekaWatch assumes that you the counters will take reasonable care for your own health and safety. We ask that you Turn your cars in daylight ready to drive out at the end Leave all gates as you find them Take careful note of your route into the count site.  You will be returning by the same route in the dark At the end be... Read More | Share it now!

Hi there weka counters!

Hi there weka counters!

The first  weka count for 2018 is this coming Saturday 17th weather permitting.   At this stage the weather looks to be OK for Saturday though we will update you on this closer to the time. Thank you to those of you who have already confirmed you can take part.  It is really important to let us know if you will be there – even committee members!   If we know who to expect we can fit people to sites in... Read More | Share it now!

Thirteenth year of weka counts

Thirteenth year of weka counts

In 2005, soon after North Island weka were found to be living at Kawakawa Bay, a small team of birders conducted a weka survey.  The calls of 16 different weka were heard.  Every autumn  since then the weka have been counted and the progress of the population recorded.   Weka numbers are known to fluctuate wildly, affected by weather, food availability, disease, and predation pressures. Over the  last 13... Read More | Share it now!

2017 weka counts

Finally after struggling with abominable weather and severe damage to the routes into our count sites, the 2017 weka count was completed in mid-May. This is much later than usual so the final numbers are probably not directly comparable to earlier years. In 2016 the weka population was at an all time low and we are encouraged that the numbers this year show a slight increase. We cannot relax our protection... Read More | Share it now!

2017 counts

2017 counts

The count for the night 8th April was cancelled. 5 count sites are totally inaccessible as the Coast Road is closed to pedestrians as well as vehicles from about 700 metres beyond Te Papa Road.  Here is what the roading team are trying to deal with.  The fact that residents along there have been told their power is likely to be off for another 2 days tells us that Vector are not expecting to get through any... Read More | Share it now!

Weka surveys at Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point 2016

Weka surveys at Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point 2016

Once again we carried out the annual series of counts to monitor Weka at Kawakawa Bay in April 2016. The Tawhitokino Block was counted on the 2 nd , 9 th and 23 rd with a few more sites counted to finish the required number on May 5 th , Orere Point was counted on the 16 th and Richardson’s on May 5 th . Counting went well this year with good, mild weather and mostly a good turnout. For the last formal count we... Read More | Share it now!

Weka Counts 2016

Weka Counts 2016

Hi there weka counters You will all be aware of our concerns for the sudden drop in weka numbers in the winter of 2015. To get a good idea of where the weka population stands in autumn 2016 we need a really good turn out of counters this year.   The dates set for the 2016 annual weka count are the four Saturdays in April.  Please note the dates in your diaries and try to get to at least one. We meet at the... Read More | Share it now!

2015 Weka surveys at Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point

– a welcome increase in numbers this year                               Autumn rain does more than fill our tanks – it supports our rare weka population as well! Counts to monitor the weka population at Kawakawa Bay have been carried out every year since 2005. The counts are made by listening for weka calls over a 90 minute period at sunset, and logging the calling sites on a map. From... Read More | Share it now!

Annual Weka Counts: 2015

Annual Weka Counts: 2015

Weka surveys at Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point 2015  by Ian Southey Weka counts to monitor the population at Kawakawa Bay have been carried out since 2005 and this year we carried out the 11th count. The three main counts at Kawakawa Bay were on March 28th, April 11th and 18th, with a final count on May 1st to complete five counts that had been missed on the main counts. Since 2012 we have conducted a single count... Read More | Share it now!

Annual Weka Counts: 2014

Weka count nights. Several evenings every autumn are given over to counting the weka  mainly in our core area from the boat ramp to Tawhitokino Beach. This has now expanded to include other areas of interest due to identified Weka calls and sightings. These occur around sunset usually on a Saturday night.  Dates and times are posted here on the website .  The counts are weather dependant – wind is a... Read More | Share it now!