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Central Otago Lakes

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Mohua Craig McKenzie
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Credit: Craig McKenzie

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A tui sits on a harakeke (flax) bush, its head covered in pollen from drinking nectar

Harakeke (flax) is a great source of food for nectar-loving birds like the tūī. Credit: Craig McKenzie.

The branch is active in numerous projects related to the conservation of native flora and fauna, and the preservation of valuable natural landscape features.

The branch is represented in several other groups with related interests in conservation and public access to the high country, to the Clutha River and to reserves containing flora and fauna of special interest.

Our projects

  • Educate and arrange for a group of students from the Mount Aspiring College to plant native plants in public places such as the Wanaka Millennium Walkway;
  • Inspecting and making submissions in response to tenure reviews of high country properties;
  • Arranging weekly weed-control and native planting on the foreshore of Lake Hawea;
  • Weed-clearing and replanting in the Lindis Pass reserve;
  • Participating with the Department of Conservation in a stoat control project near the Haast Pass highway, to protect a breeding area of the native Mohua (Yellowhead).

Branch Program

The Central Otago-Lakes branch committee arranges an annual programme of visits to areas of interest, including both one-day and two-day trips. These take us to places as near as the Old Man Range and as distant as Doubtful Sound.

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