If you use a rat trap it must be placed totally out of reach of a weka, – a roof space or a high shelf in a garage. Outside on the ground is absolutely the wrong place. Please make sure that all your families and any visitors get this message! Sheila our 2 year old female weka (green over yellow – metal) had been paired with Tipene (metal- yellow over red) for almost all her short adult life. She... Read More | Share it now!
But the Government has publicly stated that it may now change the law to get around the Supreme Court ruling and won’t listen to New Zealander’s like you. It intends to make changes to the Conservation Act that could well and truly sell nature down the river. With your help we will fight this every step of the way – nature is not for sale and never will be. Look what we can do when we work... Read More | Share it now!
Leanne Chamberlin reporter to the Pohutukawa Coast Times, wrote a recent article reporting the recent death of our oldest breeding weka, Cheeky Charlie, long time resident of Kawakawa Bay. Download the full story here… http://www.pctimes.co.nz/images/PDF/PCTJune92017.pdf ... Read More | Share it now!
Sadly we lost Charlie, one of our oldest male weka, on the morning of Mothers’ Day. His still warm body was found beside the road, with a compound fracture of a leg and some severe internal injuries. This was clearly road kill and illustrates how important it is for us all always to take care when driving along the Coast Road or in Te Papa Road where there are often weka near the road. Charlie was... Read More | Share it now!
Once again the Clevedon Kawakawa Bay area is in the weather news. From the 2nd – 4th April 2017 we had about 150 mm – 6” or half a school ruler. Anyway you look at it that is a lot of rain and it is still raining! We are watching the situation closely. As of now the Coast Road from Te Papa Road to the end is closed by slips down onto the road, and by the road slipping down into the sea. This road... Read More | Share it now!
February has been a busy month for WekaWatch and for the weka. The highlight was welcoming Andrew Bayly, MP for our electorate Hunua, to the Bay. He spent a morning on a trap line with John and Steve and was truly impressed by the work we are doing. You can see more photos of his visit on his Facebook page. While having coffee before he headed off for his next appointment Tipene came out to greet... Read More | Share it now!
Annemaree in Karamea contacted us at WekaWatch with photos of a friendly weka that is turning white. Here is her story… Here on the West Coast of the south island we are lucky to have plenty of these cheeky birds around – not a day goes by without seeing at least several! With the exceptionally mild winter we had – we even had families of young ones during June and July. But one in particular... Read More | Share it now!
WekaWatch volunteers will be highly visible as they go about their work from now on. Thanks to our grant from the Franklin Local Board and amazing help from Safeworx Papakura we now have these amazing vests for our trappers, counters and others. Here they are being used for the very first time as two volunteers head off for trap line work. ... Read More | Share it now!
Brooke lives in the upper North Island where there is a very good population of our favourite bird. Up there though, the very nature of weka that endears itself so much to us, causes some irritating, pesky behaviours. Brooke wrote… “Hiya I’m from Russell and, like you, love our environment and native wildlife but we have a weka issue where we live. They eat our growing tomatoes, pull out all our... Read More | Share it now!
In June 2016 the idea of a mural of weka painted on a wall of the main toilet block in Kawakawa Bay was tabled at the Kawakawa Bay Community Association meeting. It was met with approval. With the blessing of the KBCA the idea was then put forward at the next Franklin County Board meeting. The Board members were keen on the idea and we were told to fill out an application for funding under the Manukau... Read More | Share it now!