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!
The children at Kawakawa Bay Kindergarten have been very busy painting weka silhouettes to add to the growing flock around the Bay. John and Graeme have attached their art to the kindy fence facing the Village Green. They look stunning. ... Read More | Share it now!
We are endeavouring to inform as many people as possible that weka live at Kawakawa Bay. One way we thought of bringing weka to the attention of holiday makers as well as the locals was to transform the ugly toilet block on Whitford Point, which is between the two main bays, with a beautiful weka mural. Here is the proposed design for the mural for the right hand side of the wall. There may be a slight... Read More | Share it now!
Over the summer of 2016, flocks of brightly coloured weka will be seen around the Bay. It is the ambition of WekaWatch to bring the plight of our local birds to the attention of the community in a bold and beautiful way. We hope to see people taking up the cause, and by making a small donation, have their very own weka to paint and display either in their own gardens or on their letter boxes in the bay. Stunning... Read More | Share it now!
The WekaWatch noticeboard, situated by the shop was vandalized recently – the glass front broken. Some of our members have removed the noticeboard and have repaired it and given it a facelift. WekaWatch would like to give a special thank you to Eric of Eric Glass Repairs, (Phone 2922 133 ) located at Orere Point, for donating his services and the glass, to reglaze the front of the noticeboard. The new... Read More | Share it now!