The Hastings-Havelock North branch has 250 members and encompasses the areas of Hastings, Havelock North and stretches out west. We meet once a month for branch meetings and organize a monthly trip on a Sunday. We also conduct occasional Wednesday trips. The area is home to one of New Zealand’s biggest gannet colonies out at Cape Kidnappers.
Our local reserve, Blowhard Bush was gifted to the branch in 1960 by the Lowry family.
The large 63 hectare reserve is home to a large number of native species.
The branch has been replanting and eradicating introduced pests to return it to its original state and now the population of native birds is growing.
The bush also has walks that range from 1/2 and hour through to 2 and 1/2 hours.
The branch is always looking for new members and volunteers so if you would like to get involved please get in touch.
We are always looking for people to get involved with Blowhard Bush and also with the restoration of the Karamu Stream.
Hastings-Havelock are also working with the Hawkes Bay Regional Council (HBRC) to plant and care for an area of native bush on the Karamu Stream.
The HBRC is currently replanting and restoring the stream and the branch has made a commitment to care for a selected area with native planting and maintenance.