December eNews


9 December 2016

December eNews


White Flippered Penguin Colony Visit

5pm, Tuesday 13th December 2016
Taylors Mistake carpark

Thomas, Kristina and maybe Chris Challies will take Forest and Bird and KCC members (and parents) to the white flippered penguin colony at Taylors Mistake.

Assemble at 5:00pm at the Taylors Mistake carpark. If raining, no trip and no replacement trip.

Protect Our Southern Oceans

Submissions re the South East Marine Protected Areas (SEMPA) are important to ensure the best result for the marine environment that we can achieve. Submissions close December 20th5pm. Please go to our website for more information.

Stocker Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to two postgraduate students from Canterbury University, Jennifer Schori and Roland Eveleens who are this year’s winners of the Stocker Scholarships awarded by the North Canterbury Branch. The scholarships are worth $3000 for postgraduate conservation or environmental research in Canterbury.

Jennifer Schori is researching a Phd focussing on the nationally endangered braided river robust grasshopper, endemic to the Mackenzie Basin and currently in decline. Unfortunately conservation management of this rare insect only began two years ago in the form of translocation to better protect the species. Translocation has commonly been used with birds, but not with insects, and this was a first for New Zealand.

Jennifer says the aim of her research is to provide DOC with recommendations for the conservation of this rare but impressive grasshopper. She expects to use the scholarship for travel to the Mackenzie, and for the construction of cages to track the breeding and development of these increasingly rare insects.

Roland Eveleens is doing an honours degree with the Freshwater Ecology Research Group at Canterbury University, and will be looking at braided rivers and the connections between aquatic invertebrate communities in different habitats and how this affects their resilience.

“My research will help conservation and restoration efforts of invertebrate communities, and so sustain species further up the food chain, as well as maintaining the biodiversity of braided rivers,” Roland explains. He will be using the scholarship to cover fieldwork and transport costs.

Precarious Nature Exhibition

'Precarious Nature' is the name of the exhibition currently on at the CoCA art gallery in Gloucester St in which Forest & Bird and other environmental groups are playing a part. As well as photos, videos and printed material, we have a presentation by Forest & Bird on Tuesday February 7th from 5.30pm to 7pm. For more information about the exhibition and the CoCA programme, go to the CoCA website.

Kea Conservation

Thank you so much to everyone who supported kea for Bird of the Year. We came a noble second. For full results you can go to We gained a lot of publicity for kea from the campaign. The Press were particularly supportive and you can read the item they ran in the week following the campaign here. The Herald also showed some support for kea in the days after voting closed.

We have naming rights for three kea in the Arthurs Pass project zone. We have chosen 'Kaha' from members' suggestions in the hope that our kea can 'Kia kaha!' Lesley has named a kea 'Captain Sanderson' after the founder of Forest & Bird and Eleanor chose 'Chaos' which is the name of her son's antique business and a very cool name for a kea.

Heading to Arthurs Pass this summer? Check out the Kea Summer School that runs in Arthurs Pass from 2nd to 8th of January. Evening talks, activities for children during the day, a band 'The Eastern' playing on the 8th - lots of fun and informing activity for kea lovers. See facebook page.

Seaweek Cycle Ride

The Forest & Bird (and Friends) Seaweek Cycle Ride will be on Sunday, February 26th starting at 2pm. We have the Green Bear Coffee company sponsoring the ride this year with drinks vouchers for participants. We will be having bird watching and information stops along the way as well as spot prizes as we 'cycle the edge' of our beautiful foreshore from Ferrymead to Sumner.

2017 Conservation Calendars & Diaries

There are a few calendars ($16 + p&p) left but we are sold out of diaries. All proceeds from the calendar and diary sales go directly towards funding conservation projects and advocacy work. 

To place your order fill in the online order form and click Submit, and follow the instructions for payment or go to our website
Christmas message

The committee wish all our members and their families, and other friends of Forest and Bird a very happy and relaxing holiday season. This has been the 70th birthday year for our branch (see website for society's history) and it has been a very busy and productive one.

Our hearts go out as this year closes though to our friends and neighbours in the Kaikoura branch and surrounding areas. We have been in contact and offering our help and support and one idea that we will be pursuing in the new year is to form a team to go up to Kaikoura for up to a week and assist our Kaikoura members and others looking after the wildlife of the area in any way they see fit. At this stage we are looking to go perhaps in late March, early April directly following the Dunes Trust conference. All details to be confirmed though including the timing. If you would like to offer your time and talents to this effort please register your interest by emailing


Other Events

MacKenzie Guardians Update

Mountain View

There’s a lot happening in the Mackenzie Basin! Please read the the Mackenzie Guardians update from Rosalie Snoyink about the intense ongoing legal battles to try to protect this unique landscape and dryland species from ongoing destruction by extensive centre pivot irrigation.  

Te Ara Kakariki - Canterbury Greenway Trust

The Trust is now opening applications for landowners seeking assistance to establish native greendots on their farms. As part of the Selwyn Natural Environment Fund, the trust will provide restoration advice, site visits, restoration plans, and administer a contestable fund for landowners to implement their planting projects in the Selwyn District.

Please email for an application.

Environmental Defence Society Court Challenge against MacKenzie District Council 

A one day hearing has been set for Friday 16 December 2017, 9.30am. Courtroom 7, District Court, 282 Durham St, Christchurch. Forest and Bird has also joined the proceedings. If you are in ChCh that day, it would be great to see you there in support of EDS and Forest and Bird.

These challenges are costly and EDS is calling for funds. This case is critical for the future of the Mackenzie`s remaining dry landscapes and ecosystems. Please support if you can. Any amount large or small will be helpful.

You can post cheque to Environmental Defence Society Freepost 251710, PO Box 91736, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142 (no stamp required) or use credit card via the online donation form at or bank directly to Environmental Defence Society, BNZ, 02 0159 0033234 000.

Coal Action Network Aotearoa Summerfest

CANA is having a summer camp on 21-23 January at the Ashburton Holiday Park, Tinwald Domain. Registrations will open on Thursday 15 December. In the meantime, please email to express your interest.

Te Waihora - Ellesmere Bird Survey

The Waihora Ellesmere Trust are looking for volunteers to help with next February 11th's bird survey. For details see here.

Dunes Trust Conference

The Dunes Trust conference will be held in Christchurch on 22-24 March 2017, with two optional field trips over the weekend. For details see here.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to say hello then please drop us a line.

Chair - Colleen Phillip (Ph: 981 8556)
Secretary - Frances Wall
Treasurer & public talks Ainslie Talbot
KCC - Linda Goodwin/Beulah Pulukuri
Mahoe-nui BushVanessa Horwell
Website, eNews - Michael Godfrey
Boyle Base - Lesley Shand (Ph: 379 0316)
Calder Green Reserve - Mick Ingram (Ph: 03 384 8080 / 021 816633)

Membership - for changes to membership or donations.  (Ph: 0800 200 064)

Committee members - 
Valerie Campbell
Steve Attwood

Penny Wright
Helen Hills
Hugh Thorpe
George Moon
Elizabeth Guthrey

Facebook group.

Links of interest

Stuff article on EDS court challenge against MacKenzie District Council.

Bolivian water shortage as a result of climate change caused glacier shrinkage.

© Vanessa Green

Diary Dates

13 December 5:00pm
Penguin colony visit

2-8 January
KEA Summer School

28 January 1-3pm
Sanctuary working bee

4 February 1-6pm
Estuary Festival

7 February 5:30pm
CoCA presentation

14 February 7:30pm
Public talk WEA

26 February 2:00pm
Seaweek cycle ride

28-30 April
Trip to Hinewai

To see a summary of upcoming events, please visit our website.