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A bigger, better space

Almost appropriately, it was raining for the recent official opening of our newly expanded building that we refer to as our kohanga.

A bigger, better space2022-12-06T12:12:24+13:00

A new bird takes centre stage

Aongatete Forest Project began as an effort to bring awareness to the distressed state of the northern Kaimai ranges. In 2001, a

A new bird takes centre stage2022-10-01T14:48:18+13:00

Aerial restoration antics at Aongatete

Spring 2020 saw us carry out an innovative restoration of indigenous biodiversity in our forest. Several years in the planning, this involved

Aerial restoration antics at Aongatete2021-01-07T04:24:03+13:00

Readying nesting boxes for rifleman

In the lead up to the titipounamu/rifleman nesting season, it’s not uncommon to find Barry Pethybridge in the forest sitting in a camping

Readying nesting boxes for rifleman2020-09-17T22:10:43+12:00

Toi Ohomai do the mahi

Our first Volunteer Saturday after lockdown was a biggie. We had a tremendous turnout to help combat the influx of Rattus rattus

Toi Ohomai do the mahi2020-06-17T05:00:40+12:00

Bat discovery at Aongatete

New Zealand has two species of bats: the long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) and the lesser short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata). A third species,

Bat discovery at Aongatete2020-04-29T02:21:42+12:00
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