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Central Hawkes Bay

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A kōtare (kingfisher). Credit: Craig McKenzie

North Island
Hawke's Bay
Tui by Craig Mckenzie

Credit: Craig Mckenzie

The Central Hawkes Bay branch encompasses the area between Otane and Dannevirke. We are one of the smaller Forest & Bird branches, with around 60 members.

We hold monthly branch meetings on the first Thursday of every month, where current environmental issues and projects are discussed. Often these meetings host guest speakers on conservation-related topics.

Meetings commence at 7.30pm in the staffroom of Waipukurau School on St. Marys Road. Branch meetings are open to all. If you would like more information, please contact , so if you’d like to come please send us an email.


The Central Hawke’s Bay branch is responsible for maintaining Lindsay Bush, a small reserve at the end of Lindsay Road, outside of Waipukurau. Lindsay Bush is home to kahikatea and many species of native ferns

Our branch is responsible for maintaining the reserve, to ensure the forest remains healthy. The reserve contains a network of pest traps, which are cleared every two weeks by volunteers, and every quarter we hold a working day to clear weeds and maintain tracks in the area.

We are also involved in the protection of an endangered bittern colony living on Lake Hatuma, near Waipukurau Racecourse.

To protect these birds the lake’s edge has been laid with traps which are regularly checked by volunteers. We are looking at becoming more involved in this once we gather the required numbers of people to help.

Get involved

Our branch organises monthly activities for members and the public.

These include tramps to areas such as Bellrock, near Tutira or to the Ruahine Forest Park. We also run field trips to view and help with other conservation projects in the region such as weed control, tree planting and local wildlife monitoring. Anyone is welcome to attend, so if you’d like to join us contact Dan Elderkamp on: (06)8588828

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