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.
Photo: Vaughan Cooper
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 Poukawa Stream.
Hastings-Havelock North is also working with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to restore the banks of the Poukawa Stream which drains the wetlands that form the Pekapeka Regional Park.
Our vision is to have the stream in a fit state to support aquatic and terrestrial life thus enabling birds to travel across our region from the Kawekas to the coast.
It is hoped that in the future there will be walkways enabling people to access this section of the Park and our section of the stream will provide good aesthetics for people using such walkways. To achieve this we will be planting native plants and caring for them. In the first year following each planting the area planted will require monthly weeding and/or watering to ensure the plants get established. In subsequent years new areas will be planted and the previously planted areas are expected to need less weeding and watering but it is possible that infill planting will be necessary.