On an unusually warm June day, fifteen fit-and-able DTA volunteers caught the ferry from Westhaven Marina and spent the day on Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf. 

Transformed from farmland, the island is now home to native kiwis, tuatara, geckos, other rare and endangered birds and beautiful native plants.  There the active Motuihe Restoration Project aims to establish an authentic natural environment of indigenous flora and fauna together with identified significant Maori and European historic sites which will offer visitors a quality recreational, environmental and educational experience.  

Working alongside some of the trust’s volunteer coordinators and trustees, our team contributed by weeding, seed collection and sowing, track clearing, bird-box placing and the planting of some 400 native trees and shrubs.  

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“The day of work and exploration was thoroughly enjoyed by all, although some of us were more fit-and-able than others the next day - all that bending is hard work!”











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