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Warkworth Area

Little penguins in Timaru
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Caroline Bay in Timaru is home to a colony of kororā (little penguins). Credit: Kimberley Collins.

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About Us

Oyster Catcher

Jenny Enderby

The Warkworth Area branch covers the area between Puhoi and Maungaturoto. Members work together to help restore the environment back to its natural ecological state.

To get involved contact Sally Richardson 09 425 0161 or Raewyn Morrison on 021 048 0185

Winter Talks

A talk about PEST PLANTS by local botanist Maureen Young will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 16 July at the Totara Park Retirement Village Hall, Melwood Drive, Warkworth. ALL WELCOME

On Thursday 20 August our second winter talk in the series "Pest Free Warkworth" will be held. Marguerite Vanderkolk will speak on trapping and progress with the Forest Bridge Trust.

Planting Day

On Sunday 12 July 10am-12pm we are holding a planting day at the Hauti Reserve in Warkworth. Bring your friends and family, suitable footwear, gloves and a spade to join us.

Roger Williams QSM

Roger Williams QSM

Committee member, Roger Williams recently received a well-deserved Queen's Service Medal for services to conservation. He has designed and built walkways, boardwalks and bridges and cycleways in various local parks and nature reserves in the Warkworth area. At Parry Kauri Park he designed and built two kauri dieback forest hygiene stations. Roger has been an active member of Forest & Bird for more 40 years and has run local weeding and planting teams.  We are lucky to have Roger serving on our Warkworth Area Forest and Bird committee.

Warwick Massey

Hueline & Warwick Massey

Hueline & Warwick Massey

It is with sadness that the branch notes the passing of Warwick Massey of Warkworth, on 18 October 2019, aged 85 years. Warwick was a Forest and Bird member in excess of 30 years and served on the committee for 15 years, seven as chairperson. 

Dr Roger V. Grace QSM

Dr Roger Grace

Jenny Enderby

Roger passed away peacefully on 28 June. He was among the first to raise the issue of marine protection and worked tirelessly for the introduction of marine reserves. Roger joined Forest and Bird as a junior member in the late 50s. He was awarded Forest & Bird's "Old Blue" award for a lifetime of service to marine conservation.

Branch Projects

Pest Free Warkworth

Pest Free Warkworth

Russell Cullen

This initiative is in collaboration with other Predator and Pest free organisations in the greater Rodney area, and aims to reduce and where possible eliminate the threat rats, stoats and other mustelids pose to our native birds in urban Warkworth.
Trap tunnels have been made from donated materials by the Warkworth Men’s shed and the organiser has funded some snap traps to start the ball rolling.

To buy a trap and tunnel to remove the pests from your garden please contact Russell Cullen $35 trap and tunnel delivered to your site.

Little Blue Penguin / Kororā Project 

Little blue penguin on the shore

Over 50 penguin nesting boxes, mostly made by members, have been placed around the Ti Point, Leigh and Goat Island coast. A special dog identified 16 places where penguins were either nesting or had been. Recently there were signs that some of the penguin nesting boxes are being used by penguins.

To further protect little blue penguins and other birdlife we have begun a predator control programme targeting rats, stoats, weasels and possums around the coast.  If you live locally and would be keen to help with predator controls please contact Jenny on We are also interested in any sightings of little blue penguins coming ashore around the local coast. 

Weeding & Enhancing Walkway

Warkworth Area Branch of Forest and Bird started a local initiative to weed and enhance the walkway from Hauiti Drive and Blue Gum to behind the Grange shops, Warkworth. The workers decided to designate Friday morning from 10 -12am to the weeding project.

Meetings with Auckland Council staff restoration advisor and Park ranger have inspected the site and will advise on suitable planting for the area. It has been most pleasing to find a wealth of native seedlings sprouting under the cover of the privet and acacia. The workers were also surprised to find a large concrete weir in the stream.

A keen team of four or five men and women regularly attend the Friday morning sessions with contributions from others who work full time at the weekends. Contact if you would like to join in is Rosemary Cullen

Kowhai Park Project

Kowhai Park is a 2ha stand of native forest at the northern entrance to Warkworth. This Forest and Bird-supported community initiative aims to restore and regenerate the park which runs alongside SH1. There are stands of totara, kauri, kahikatea and other native species. The Mill Stream flows along the length of Kowhai Park. The main 'nasty' is Wandering Jew, which is being cleared by hand rather than spraying. Though slow this method is highly effective in helping the forest to regenerate.

Volunteers are welcome to come along from 9:30am - 12pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month to help out. Please contact Sally Richardson 09 425 0161 or email

Forest & Bird Mothplant Eradication

The mothplant eradication within the greater Leigh/Whangateau area has been very successful thanks to the huge response from people in this area.

Mothplant is a fast growing vine that can rapidly smother and replace native vegetation, making it a very big threat to our native planting schemes. Unfortunately mothplant will continue to come in the hundreds for a few years unless kept under regular surveillance. They are considered by many to be the next big threat to our reserves and off shore islands, because the dandelion like seeds can be spread through wind-sources far and wide.

Forest & Bird Coast Care Group, Leigh

The Coast Care Group is led by Forest and Bird members dedicated to pest plant eradication and is strongly supported by DoC and Auckland Council. As Leigh is the closest point on the mainland to Hauturu/Little Barrier Island, the group's objective is to stop the spread of wind borne seeds to the island, and also across the bay to Tawharanui Regional Park.

The group targets moth vine, climbing asparagus, pampas and other invasive weeds on both public and private land on the Leigh coast including an area of bush bordering a stream with eels and other native fish. The group received a Weedbuster award for this project. 

The group meets monthly and is always looking for more volunteers. Communication is via email so if you would like to know more please email 

Parry Kauri Park

Due to Covid-19 the park is closed. The branch has been active in planting natives for Auckland Council reserves. Planting usually occurs in May and June each year. If you would like to volunteer to help with this project, please contact branch secretary Raewyn Morrison: Ph: 09 422 9123 or Email:

Mt Tamahunga Trappers

Mount Tamahunga is mostly covered in bush and the majority of the land is owned by Doc. The Tamahunga Trappers group contains many F&B members, who trap stoats and rats. In the last 18 months hundreds of stoats and rats have been caught by members of the group.

An educational trip was held in April, which involved a group of people tramping up to the summit. The trip involved introductory talks about the mountain, its botanical coverings as well as some workshops on trapping. Demonstrations on how to remove a rat from a trap and re bait were shown to the group. For more details contact Eliane on

Get involved


Volunteers are always appreciated. If you want to lend a hand, contact Roger Williams on 09 425 9127


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