Calendar of Events

  • Volunteer Wednesday

    April 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    WORK DAY - It's a big day planned with rodent tracking cards being placed or retrieved (weather pending) and preparing for our Feracol operation (bagging Ferafeed and reviewing lines). We will needs all hands on deck!

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

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  • Vol Saturday

    April 6, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Placing Ferafeed across 500 ha

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  • ECHO festival Walk Event

    April 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    AFP is partaking in the ECHO Festival

    Come and learn about our Aongatete Forest Project

    Duration: 2 hours

    Start Time: 10:00 AM - Meet at end of Wrights Road at the Aongatete Lodge car park

    Cost: Gold Coin Donation to the Trust

    For a number of years there has been a bunch of volunteers working towards the restoration of wildlife and plant life in this part of the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.

    To achieve this, volunteers are doing pest control. This involves poisoning ship rats and possums. Ship rats eat native lizards and invertebrates and raid bird nests for eggs.

    These rats are prey for stoats and feral cats, so they attract additional pest animals to forest. Possums are also a problem in the Aongatete forest - they raid bird nests and strip the forest of much of its foliage.

    Indeed, they have eaten so much vegetation that their favourite plants are now gone or going: tree fuchsia and broadleaf are gone, Raukaua, tree Rata and Kamahi are dead or dying , and Kohekohe is under attack.

    With all these holes in the forest canopy, wind is knocking over the tall Tawa trees. As new seedlings and saplings grow deer mow the forest floor clean.

    However pest control is already making a difference. Bird numbers are increasing, and the volume of insects and spiders has increased dramatically, which means more food for birds. With fewer possums, new green shoots and leaves are appearing on Kamahi and Kohekohe. Come and learn more about the work that they have been doing and have a great walk exploring through the bush.

    This walk is very family friendly and will take about 1 ½ hours.

    A gold coin donation towards the cause would be greatly appreciated.

    Registration essential - please go to;

    https://www.echowalkfest.org.nz/registrations/katikati

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  • Volunteer Wednesday

    April 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    WORK DAY - preparing Feracol for placement. We will be at the Kohunga regardless of the weather - so an easy preparation day today. Come and join us for coffee and a biscuit/cake and a chat about our operations.

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

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  • Vol Saturday

    April 13, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

    We will be retrieving the Ferafeed lure and placing the Feracol.

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  • NO Volunteer Wednesday - altered to Sun 7th April for ECHO walk

    April 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    NO VOLUNTEER DAY TODAY - ECHO WALK ON  SUNDAY 7th INSTEAD

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on other related events and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

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  • Vol Saturday

    April 27, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

    We will be retrieving our Feracol from the 500 ha area

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  • Volunteer Wednesday

    May 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    WORK DAY - We will be retrieving any remaining feracol from lines left over from last Saturday.

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

    See more details

  • Volunteer Wednesday

    May 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    DISCOVERY DAY - The southern extremes of our managed forest area are rarely visited by most volunteers. Help us to service our A24 traps and at the same time explore this area with some of our more experienced volunteers. Different meeting location to be announced closer to this date.

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

    See more details

  • Breakfast with the Birds

    May 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm-May 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am
    Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, 834 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    Spend a night at Aongatete Lodge learning about the effects a pest control programme can have on the biodiversity in the forest.

    After arriving at 5pm, explore the Lodge and surrounds, enjoy a delicious meal then head out on a night walk in the forest accompanied by a team of experts to discover huge wetas, amazing spiders and glowworm by torchlight.

    Then it is off to bed to be awoken early to marvel at the Dawn Chorus. You will identify the bellbird, tui and other feathered friends as they herald in the dawn. This sound is rapidly disappearing in forests where no pest control takes place. Breakfast will then be served. You are then free to head home or head into the forest for a walk around the Aongatete short loop with AFP volunteers.

    This event is best suited to adults and children 10 years and above. COST is $40 per person.

    To register:
    Email: events@aongateteforest.org
    Subject line: Breakfast With the Birds

    Book early, places are limited.

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  • Volunteer Wednesday

    June 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    WORK DAY - Track maintenance day. Bring along your pruning tools as we focus on track maintenance and tackling some needy projects as a group.

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

    See more details

  • Volunteer Wednesday

    June 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    DISCOVERY DAY - Its Matariki week. 

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

    See more details

  • Volunteer Wednesday

    July 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    WORK DAY - Rodent tracking index lines. We will be placing or retrieving cards (weather pending).

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

    See more details

  • Volunteer Wednesday

    July 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    DISCOVERY DAY - Fungal Foray. We will focus on finding fungi this morning. Bring along your camera and macro skills.

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

    See more details

  • Volunteer Wednesday

    August 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    WORK DAY - Diphacinone preparation for the next baiting run. We will be based at the Kohunga (any weather) and reviewing lines (if fine).

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

    See more details

  • Volunteer Sat

    August 10, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

    We will be placing diphacinone throughout the 500 ha.

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  • Volunteer Wednesday

    August 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    DISCOVERY DAY - Join us to count robins. Experienced volunteers will lead a group to learn about bird monitoring and assist with our annual 'robin count'.

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

    See more details

  • Volunteer Wednesday

    September 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    WORK DAY - Rodent tracking Index monitoring - we will be placing or retrieving rodent tracking cards (weather pending).

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

    See more details

  • Volunteer Wednesday

    September 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Aongatete Forest Project, 854 Wright Rd, Aongatete 3178, New Zealand

    DISCOVERY DAY - Join us in the National Kereru count for Conservation Week. How many Kereru can we count at Aongatete? How does this compare to your home environment?

    We run "Volunteer Wednesday" on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. The day is either 'work' focused - helping with ongoing pest management operations and maintenance OR 'discovery' focused.

    Arrive at the kohanga ready to go at 9am, and enjoy a morning cuppa and a chat before you head home at 12.

    Work days - join us for a work morning with Aongatete Forest Project. There are plenty of tasks on offer. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, gloves and pair of secateurs.

    Discovery days - join us for a discovery morning with Aongatete Forest Project. The morning will reward you with discovering aspects of the AFP you mayn't have seen or been to before. Each 'Discovery Day' has a different theme and these will be confirmed the month before the event. Bring clothing and footwear suitable for walking both on and off track, water and personal medication etc. The allocated day for our discovery events may change depending on the event and the weather.

    We hope you can come to both. Subject to weather with notification updates on our website.

    For more information email events@aongateteforest.org

    See more details

  • Volunteer Sat

    September 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

    We will be retrieving diphacinone from the 500 ha

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