Forest restoration and protection on
Bluff Hill and Bluff Harbour environments



Bluff Hill + 24 hours of Running = A Great Cause!

What will you be doing this Oyster Festival? Matt and his crew will be doing something amazing on Bluff Hill! Please show your support for a great cause and a great bunch of people who want to make change in their community!

Over the Oyster festival weekend between 1200hr 25th May 2019 through to 1200hrs on the 26th May 2019 pop up and lend some support to the team who will be continuously running Bluff Hill. A few words from Matt and the team;

Running up and down and around Bluff Hill/Motupohue raising money for two great causes: The Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust (BHMET) and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF)

Bluff Hill/Motupohue with its steep tracks, unending views, tall forest, and wind-swept, salt-sprayed, coastal scrub sheltering Bluff Harbour from a wild sea. Always changing and always a challenge.

For the last decade, the BHMET has been doing a massive amount of work to make Bluff Hill/Motupohue a safe place for native flora and fauna to thrive - maintaining trap-lines & tracks, monitoring, plantings, paperwork. All done by volunteers.

Let’s take this opportunity to say thank you for their efforts.

In 2015, Mal Law raised over $500,000 for the Mental Health Foundation with an attempt to run 50 marathons over 50 mountains in 50 days. His was an ambitious goal. But he did not do it alone. Many, many people aided him in the fundraising, and in doing so, extended themselves and learned something of themselves in the process.

Now, in 2019, he is fundraising for the Mental Health Foundation again, attempting to scale 1,000,000 ft over the course of the year.

The MHF’s vision is “for a society where all people flourish.” Their work includes the Five Ways to Well-being, Suicide Prevention, and Mindfulness, along with advocacy and policy, all of which positively affect those experiencing mental health issues, their friends and whanau, health professionals, and society as a whole. Our nation is better for their continued presence.

The idea of running up and down Bluff Hill was inspired by Mal Law’s efforts and a desire to honour the good work of the Mental Health Foundation. “

Thank you Bluff. Thank you to our Sponsors. Thank you to our Partners. Thank you!!

Thank you to all our supporters

Thank you to all our supporters

We need one of these buttons!

We try super hard to say Thank You in person for all the work, time, advice, project guidance, digging, tool donations and support we get. Its humbling to have such gifts given, to receive such support and share such passion from members of our community. It wouldnt be possible without you.

We are so grateful that organisations like our amazing sponsors and partners ( see logos below!) have trusted us to do great things with their hard earned funds. It wouldnt be possible without you.

Sometimes we receive anonymous gifts and those are just as important - Thank you! You know who you are!

The BHMET Calendar is back for 2019!

The 2019 Calendar is out!

The 2019 Calendar is out!

Let the Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust help you with some guilt free early Christmas Shopping! ( yes, I used the ‘C’ word and its only October) .

Beautiful images of the fabulous wildlife of Bluff and Awarua harbour as seen through the lens of Yvonne Pickford Photophraphy. Only $20 at the ICC Service Centre Bluff with proceeds to BHMET work on Motupohue.

Thanks Yvonne Pickford for the wonderful initiative and to the calendar sponsors;

- Southern Ocean Safety Equipment - Bluff Engineering - Osborn Engineering - Nicholsons Engineering - Fowlers - Bluff Timber and Building Supplies - Challenge Bluff - Shark Experience - Lands End Boutique Hotel - McKenzie Marine and Mackraft - Bluff Electrical - Leask Boat Building -

What Next for Bluff? Can you help us?

During the month of November we will be holding a series of Discussion Groups in Bluff, to talk over the environmental issues and opportunities for Bluff Hill Motupōhue.

This will help us better understand people’s responses from the recent “What Next” postcard survey. The feedback from these groups will be used by the Bluff Hill Motupōhue Trust and our partners to plan for the future of Bluff’s environment. There are no right or wrong answers to any questions. The Trust wishes to hear many viewpoints from across the community.

All participants will receive a $40 Gift Card from the Bluff Four Square Supermarket.

  • Location: The Bluff Ambulance Hall on Lee Street
  • Date and tme: Sessions will be held at various times from Wednesday 7th to Tuesday 13th of November. They will take about 2 hours. Tea/coffee and nibbles will be provided. We will confirm the date and time once we receive your registration form (see below).
  • Details: Each session will consist of 8 to 12 people – mostly Bluff residents. They will be run by Liana Stupples, under the direction of the Bluff Hill Motupōhue Environment Trust. Liana is an independent and experienced meeting facilitator. Liana is jointly funded to do this work by the Trust, Environment Southland and the Department of Conservation.

If you would like to take part, register your interest HERE:

South Port Donated Traps are on the Hill!

Members of BHMET teamed up with South Port representatives this week to roll out our newly funded DOC250 mustelid traps! These huge traps are designed to target ferrets a species we’ve struggled to control - but not any more! Huge thanks to Jamie and Courtney from South Port Bluff for helping to fund these traps to protect our native species, Thank you so much from ‘BHMET’

Photo - L to R - BHMET volunteers: Debbie Fife, Tracker Black, Nikki Ladd, Brian Sheppard, Estelle Leask, and representing South Port Courtney Forde