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Stirling Point Planting 22 June 2019 - Rain, Hail or Snow!

Stirling Point Planting 22 June 2019 - Rain, Hail or Snow!

June 2019 VOLUNTEER CALENDAR

THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with volunteering in May for the Oyster Festival, the Stirling Point Planting, the 24 Hour Bluff Hill Run and for our fabulous Trap Line Volunteers who have tackled their lines during this weather!

TRAP LINE WINTER BREAK BEINGS! Contact Trustee if you need help to complete

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Current Volunteer Vacancies:

  • 2 hours a week/3 months- Project Support Te Korowai Native Plant Nursery ( would suit retired builder or someone with project experience)
  • Fence Painting – 1-2 hours each week at TKW… it’s a big fence! Bring a Brush! EMAIL US at Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or SMS 027 688 4604

Increase of Titi numbers at Bluff colonies

BHMET Trustee Peter Leask and a fluffy friend

BHMET Trustee Peter Leask and a fluffy friend

Ten years ago, the discovery of a mauled half eaten Titi on the walkway prompted the creation of the Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust. Congratulations to our volunteers and our partners who have maintained their stance, their passion and commitment to ensuring a safe place for these precious birds to continue on the mainland

This year, 80 Goodnature A24 automatic traps were purchased following kind donations by Ka Mate Nga Kiore and Rakiura Tītī Island Administering Body. Our amazing volunteers put in some long hours on the hill maintaining manual traps but these auto resetting traps have reinforced our special places on Bluff Hill by being on guard 24/7.

Link here for the full story on Stuff!

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 -