Volunteer News 25th September

Hi all,

This email contains:

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

2. NZ Sanctuaries Conference online presentations

3. Kōkako kōrero – chapter 8

4. Cars broken in to

5. Ark session calendar

Happy reading!


ARK IN THE PARK Volunteer Co-Ordinator

Physical address: Cascades Ranger Station

Falls Road, Waitākere

PO Box 95194, Swanson, Auckland 0653

09 810 7014

Have you passed your Safe Kauri Certification quiz?

Remember – you are required to do so before doing fieldwork.

The training consists of:

1. Reading the SOP document: https://tinyurl.com/yapvqgof

2. Viewing a short video which illustrates points described in the SOP: https://youtu.be/-vRYxqs0x8Q

3. Answering an online quiz of 20 questions (you can re sit as many times as needed and all information is contained in the SOP): https://goo.gl/forms/EjNVx5V45n2aLgBG2

4. Upon correctly answering 18 out of 20 questions you will be sent a Safe Kauri Certificate

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions

We are preparing to start our new baiting round, which will launched next week.

As you are aware, our first baiting round of 2018, the autumn round, was badly affected by both storm damage and kauri dieback. It was a slow and patchy baiting round which we completed near the end of the winter rather than the beginning of winter as usual. Because of this, the spring and summer rounds will be merged into a single round. It will be full baiting, with all the old bait being replaced with fresh bait.

Before the spring/summer round starts we will update our kauri dieback disease management procedures to reflect the review and revision process we have been working through in recent weeks with Council. These changes are mainly simplifications of the existing version, so if you are used to the 'old' SOP, it will be easy for you to adapt. The online quiz will also be be modified, but people who have passed the original version won't have to take the new quiz again and your certificate will remain valid.

This new baiting round will take into account the three identified High Value Kauri Ecosystems (HVKEs) which are no go areas. These areas are in AN, R/F and Gleeson blocks. We will bait around these HVKEs, but not within them. Scientists are working to identify the characteristics of these stands that have allowed them to remain disease free, which would be a significant learning for kauri dieback nationally. There is a hypothesis that the unusually high diversity within these areas has contributed to their healthy status, if this proves true it reinforces the importance of having diverse forests!

As a lot of marking is still required to mark HVKEs, as well as other areas where kauri grow (of any health status) it is essential that that we all work with the same level of knowledge and experience of the process. We also need to make sure that all the access lines and public tracks that we are using to access the bait lines have kauri zones properly identified. This work was started during the last baiting round, but the northern blocks are yet to be done. Also it is likely that many bait line descriptions will have to be amended to reflect how to access and exit the bait line.

Line owners in the northern blocks: We encourage you to join volunteer sessions so you can get a good understanding of the Ark procedures around kauri and help us with the marking if you can. For this baiting round, line owners of the northern lines won't be asked to bait your lines as these will be done only during volunteer sessions. Joining a session will mean you still get out baiting in the general area of your line, even if not your exact line.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us!

There will be a volunteer session on Thursday the 27th and on Saturday the 29th of September, starting at 8:30am at the ranger station. We will work on marking kauri on the access lines and public tracks.

Please note that these sessions are not suitable for new volunteers. The next induction session for new volunteers will be held on Saturday the 13th of October.

Please let me know if you are coming to either of these sessions. Also please note that if you make a last minute decision (after 5pm) or have an unexpected change of plans it's best that you leave a message on our phone 09 810 7014 rather than email me.

2. NZ Sanctuaries Conference online presentations

The majority of the presentations given at the August Sanctuaries meeting in Hamilton are now on the website:


3. Kōkako kōrero – chapter 8

This week the census team have been completing some follow ups around the southern Ark, often where only partial IDs could be confirmed the first time. As well as working through our farthest south area, the Nihotupu block. A wild block, home to thriving cutty grass and fernbirds, it is also proving popular with kōkako. There are between 2 and 4 more pairs in the N block requiring further follow up.

In terms of newly sighted translocated birds, this week Tahi Kaha was found in the AWS block. Reintroduced from Mapara in 2016, Tahi Kaha was previously paired with Aroha, however this pairing seems to have joined the list of the many break ups this season! He was seen this week with a new unbanded partner, there was no sign of Aroha.

New sightings this week of Ark bred birds include both Nina and an unnamed bird with band combination WM-GY. Nina is a fledgling of Maurice and Kowhai and WM-GY fledged from Kiwitea and her Unbanded partner’s nest last season.


Confirmed translocated birds: 14

Frances & Zelah, Aumangea & Thurley, Karen, Pierre, Ataahua, Maurice, Totara, Puke, Gordon, Ranginui, Kiwitea, Tahi Kaha.

AiP Progeny to date: 5

Putahi, Indigo, Kapua, Nina, WM-GY

Unbanded Birds (Adults/Sub-adults/Unknown):

Adults: 16-18

Sub-adults: 1

Tahi Kaha - Photo Grant Capill

4. Cars broken in to

There has been another bout of thefts from cars around our area lately. Please remain vigilant in removing not only valuables but also all items from sight!

We are advised to leave the glove box open.

Also don't forget to display your Ark in the Park Authorised Vehicle card when you park on a public road.

If you don't have it yet, please contact us!

5. Ark session calendar

Thursday 27th September, 8:30am volunteer session: kauri marking

Saturday 29th September, 8:30am volunteer session: kauri marking

Thursday 4th October, 8:30am volunteer session: baiting

Saturday 6th October, 8:30am volunteer session: baiting

Thursday 11th October, 8:30am volunteer session: baiting

Saturday 13th October, 8:30am volunteer session and induction session for new volunteers

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