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.

 

Tipene

While having coffee before he headed off for his next appointment Tipene came out to greet him.

 

 

 

The weka also seem to be doing well. We still have at least 4 active pairs in the Te Papa Road valley, perhaps 5. The next valley to the east is Whitey and Tui’s patch and over this breeding season they have raised 7 young. There are reports of breeding further to the east too so while we humans complain that this has been a lousy summer it seems to have suited the birds.

 

Situation vacant.

We are coming up to autumn and that means not only our annual weka count but also our AGM. We have a couple of vacancies on the committee, not for trappers or counters but for people who might have a couple of hours a month to help with some admin tasks. Our meetings are short and infrequent! And you do not have to know anything about weka! If you feel you could help us in this way please get in touch.

 

Thank you!

We want to acknowledge the significant support for our work from local businesses and Auckland Council. Thank you to Hunting and Fishing Botany for sourcing and supplying our trail cameras; Safeworx Papakura for supplying our hi viz vests and organising the printing; Resene Takanini for supplying our test pots of paint for the weka flock; JB Hi Fi Botany for the discount on the SD cards for the cameras. Then there is the support we receive from Auckland Council – Franklin Local Board for the generous grant that partly paid for the cameras and the vests, Auckland Council Biodiversity for baits and traps, Auckland Council Biosecurity for advice and support, Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust for so much help with the weka flock.

That is quite a list and we are so grateful to them all. Without them and their help our job would be so much harder.

 

If you want to have a weka on your own fence or gate please let us know. You can paint your own ($5) but we also have some ready painted or we will even try to paint one in a colour scheme of your choice! Those ones cost a little more. All funds go to help us save our weka.

Contact us at www.wekawatch.co.nz or phone 2922 512 or 2922 221

For more photos of our weka and lots of other things go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wekawatch.co.nz