Tauranga Branch of Forest and Bird has more that 700 individual members and covers an area from Te Puke to Waihi, bordering on the Waikato. With the 37,000 hectare Kaimai-Mamaku forest park as a backdrop, the area also has one of the country’s largest natural harbours. With a population of over 100,000, continued growth of urban and industry are an environmental challenge.
Tauranga Branch Committee meets every four weeks on the second Thursday of each month from 7pm to 9pm. We are fortunate to have the use of the Environment Centre Building. This gives us the opportunity to liaise, chat and network with some of the other local groups in the area who are also working at trying to protect and manage the local environment in a positive and sustainable manner for the benefit of future generations.
As a Committee, we are always open to meeting members who would like to participate and be part of the group. We plan various ways to promote ourselves and share the information we have about the protection and conservation of the native flora and fauna in our area. A couple of times a year, we arrange evening meetings with a speaker, sharing some special interest project and we also attend a number of community events with our stall packed with information about local and national conservation issues. We submit on proposed development plans which we feel are at risk of permanently changing or harming the natural environment.
Tauranga Branch has a regular guided walks programme. On the first and third Thursday of each month, the group meets at 9.15 and are usually back by 3pm. Saturday walks meet at 8.15am on the second Saturday of each month. These walks have an experienced leader who is able to share their knowledge of the local area and the wildlife observed along the way.
Our newsletter is produced three times a year. The Committee endeavours to produce informative and interesting articles and reports and we welcome items and snippets of interest from members. A copy of the newsletter can be found on the Tauranga Branch webpage.
We are involved the Kaimai-Mamaku national campaign and locally with the Aongatete Forest restoration Trust. Both projects work towards the restoration of the forests and their native plant and animal life. Volunteers are always needed to help coordinate and promote the project, manage pest control and help with planting days etc. For further information go to Aongatete Forest restoration Trust and Kaimai-Mamaku.