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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

Thank you Ka Mate Nga Kiore!

The Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust would like to acknowledge the overwhelming generosity of Ka Mate Nga Kiore Incorporated. Our chairperson Estelle Leask met with Morrie Trow today and was handed a cheque for close to $20,000! This generous donation will go towards the purchase of 80 new self-setting rat and stoat traps. These traps will be deployed throughout our precious titi colonies, this will also help protect other coastal and forest species.
Words cannot express our gratitude!
On behalf of the BHMET trustees and volunteers, thank you to Morrie, Robert, Tammy and the other members of the Titi Islands Committee and Ka Mate Nga Kiore (Death to the Rat) Incorporated!

Thank you Urwin Company Ltd!

Urwin Company Ltd

Urwin Company Ltd

The BHMET would like to acknowledge the kind donation we recently received from Urwin and Co Bluff! Our work ‘Bringing back the birdsong’ would not be possible without financial support. So to John and the team on behalf of the BHMET thank you kindly for your generous donation!

Announcement: we have new Bluff Babies!

Robin Credit Yvonne Pickford “Kakaruai / South Island robin chick on Bluff Hill Bluff Hill/Motupohue Environment Trust”

Robin Credit Yvonne Pickford “Kakaruai / South Island robin chick on Bluff Hill Bluff Hill/Motupohue Environment Trust”

The news keeps getting better!

Last week we received confirmation from one of our volunteer that South Island robins translocated from Waikaia to Bluff in March 2017 have breed on our hill! The first time in over a century!

So here’s some super cute pics of our precious ‘Bluff babies’ courtesy of our amazing photographer Yvonne Pickford, just to prove it.

Now is a good time to consider helping BHMET in our efforts to protect these and other baby manu by considering trapping rats and stoats in your backyards . We are happy to offer advice and assistance so please get in touch if you’re interested.