Date: 28 June 2012
Pest-free Urupukapuka and Moturua Islands in the eastern Bay of Islands (Ipipiri) have had almost 3000 native plants planted in the last month.
Fleur Corbett, Chair, Guardians of the Bay of Islands (the community group behind Project Island Song) says, “Controlling pests and weeds, planting trees and bringing back the birds are the three legs on which Project Island Song stands.
Some of the more than 100 planters getting their final briefing before planting on Urupukapuka Island earlier in June 2012
With the noticeable increase in tui numbers on the islands, it’s great to see so many native plants going into the ground to provide food for the birds into the future. 1950 plants went into Ihumatea Bay, Urupukapuka Island in late May. Thanks to Fullers Intercity who transported all 105 volunteer planters and Scenic Circle who provided a picnic lunch for them.
A further 660 plants went into Entico Bay, Urupukapuka Island with transport and support provided by DOC. The latest planting on 22 June saw 360 plants going into the back of Army Bay, Moturua Island; transport and support again provided by DOC.”
Since starting on Waewaetorea Island in 2003, more than 15,000 plants have been planted on the island reserves of Ipipiri. All plants have been grown by the huge voluntary efforts of the Kerikeri Shadehouse Volunteers.
Rod Brown of the Kerikeri Shadehouse Volunteers says, “We have been planting on Urupukapuka for four years now with significant numbers of pigeonwood, puriri, kohekohe, taraire, nikau, karaka, kowhai, and rewarewa now in the ground, helping to enrich the food sources for the increasing numbers and species of birds living on the island.
There are now 40 native plant species planted at Entico Bay to date and altogether about 3400 plants on Urupukapuka. A significant infestation of Moth Plant on Moturua, which is a threat to developing native forest, has also been dealt to by a team of volunteers.”