Forest restoration and protection on
Bluff Hill and Bluff Harbour environments


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Blacks Fasteners

Blacks Fasteners partnered with us in 2013 to help us establish a native plant nursery and to help in our possum control activities. In 2016 they agreed to provide funds for translocation of the South Island robin. Blacks Fasteners has a proud tradition as a socially responsible business and tries where possible and practical to support their local communities. They are currently involved in various sponsorships built around Community, Sporting and Conservation causes and activities.

Blacks Fasteners began trading in New Zealand in 1989 with the aim of supplying a comprehensive range of top quality fasteners at competitive prices to customers throughout New Zealand and beyond. With their team of trained professionals offering unmatched customer service, they have grown to five easily accessible locations around New Zealand - Nelson, Blenheim, Invercargill and two stores in Christchurch. The huge range of fasteners in their inventory is fully computerised, enabling on-the-spot answers to enquiries, fast quotation turnaround and efficient sales and dispatch to meet their customers’ requirements. With unmatched knowledge, experience and professionalism, combined with superior products and service, Blacks Fasteners is now at the forefront of the fastener industry.

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Invercargill City Council

The Invercargill City Council (ICC) partnered with us in 2013 and provided significant financial support for 3 years. Their support helped provide for the costs of our pest animal control during that period. The ICC allocates funds for community groups with the expectation that they fit into the vision Council has agreed for their City: a city that is diverse and exciting; healthy lifestyles in a healthy environment; a city that is a great place to live and visit; strong and innovative leadership.

The purpose of the ICC is to enable democratic local decision making and action by, and on behalf of, communities for good quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost effective for households and businesses. ICC’s Vision: Creating an exciting, innovative, safe, caring and friendly City offering lifestyles based on a healthy environment and diverse growing economy.

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Southern Generation Limited Partnership

Southern Generation Limited Partnership, is a joint venture between Pioneer Energy Ltd., Electricity Invercargill Ltd., and The Power Company Ltd., a group with strong regional, cultural and strategic alignments. In 2015, Pioneer Energy (PE) contacted us and asked if the Trust would take on the predator control monitoring as outlined in their Ecological Monitoring and Management Plan (EMMP). We jumped at the chance to set up a trap network for possums and mustelids in Greenhills, an area just outside the Bluff peninsula. The main objective of the EMMP’s predator control program is to provide a buffer between the mainland and the Bluff peninsula that will reduce the rate of reinvasion of possums and mustelids. This program will give significant support to conservation management on Bluff Hill carried out by by BHMET. PE provided startup funds to purchase 20 traps and makes an annual donation to BHMET. We are proud to be working with a company concerned about their impact on the environment.

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Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters

Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters (BWBO) donates annually to the Trust and in return we provide volunteers who work as oyster shuckers for BWBO at the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival. It’s a fun and full day for our shucking volunteers. BWBO also donates to other local groups who help out the festival.

Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters is New Zealand’s definitive oyster company supplying the freshest and finest oysters year after year. Barnes Oysters was founded by oyster connoisseur Ernest Barnes in 1958. With a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, Ernest saw Barnes Oysters move from strength to strength and soon became a household name amongst seafood lovers nationwide. Ernest’s innovation and passion for the oyster industry and the exceptional quality and taste of wild oysters continues to guide their values today. From their base in Invercargill, they hold their roots and grand history dear. Their purpose built factory supplies the country with top quality product seasonally and is also licenced to export to Australia and China.

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Bluff Oyster and Food Festival

From 2012-2015, The Bluff Oyster and Food Festival (BOFF) Committee kindly provided the Trust a stall at the Festival where we held our fund-raisers. They provided a tent, tables, chairs, supplies and labour to help us get our stall set up. When their budget allowed them to do so, the Committee also matched the funds we raised on sales. Our volunteers man the stall and enjoy the food and festivities at the Festival. In 2016, in lieu of stall space, BOFF made a significant financial donation to the Trust. We are truly grateful for BOFF’s support and community spirit.

BOFF is a charitable trust. They arrange for various community groups and charities to help run things on Festival Day in exchange for grants made to these organisations. The annual Festival is a celebration of Bluff and its seafood and culture and features special events, like the oyster opening and eating contests, live music and loads of amazing food from local vendors. The Festival is held in May each year so plan your next vacation to include a visit to Bluff and a fun-filled day at the Festival.

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McCulloch and Partners

McCulloch and Partners (M&P) donates their time to advise us on our financial matters and to provide annual financial statement for the Trust. M&P has provided these services since the Trust first started. The company was founded in 1874 in Invercargill and evolved into a thriving practice with branches in Queenstown and Te Anau. M&P partners and staff are actively involved in many governance and trustee roles for commercial and non-for-profit organisations. They also participate in numerous sporting and educational organisation at a local level. Their services include providing accountancy, business advisory services and information technology to the farming, fishing, forestry, tourism and the associated support sectors of processing, manufacturing, transportation and construction industries.

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Stewart Island Experience

Stewart Island Experience (SIE) provides round-trip vouchers that we raffle. This raffle is our biggest money-maker because everyone wants to visit Stewart Island; it’s a true gem of New Zealand.

Stewart Island Experience is a 100% owned subsidiary of Real Journeys. Les Hutchins, the company’s founder, had a lifelong interest and involvement in conservation. His contribution to the environment continues through the Leslie Hutchins Conservation Foundation established in 1994. They contribute over $50,000 per year to conservation and are engaged in a number of initiatives to safeguard the environment. Projects include dolphin research, endangered birds protection, tracks and interpretation signage, outdoor education camps and wilding pine eradication. SIE operates regular daily ferry services between Bluff and Stewart Island. In addition, the company offers an exciting range of island based excursions and activities. Rental cars, motor scooters and mountain bikes are also available for hire from their Oban Visitor Centre. Plan your next vacation to include a visit to Bluff and a trip over to Stewart Island. You’ll be very glad you did.

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Urwin and Company Ltd.

Urwin and Company Ltd., a Bluff based wholesale seafood company, provided funds for our pest eradication programme. The company was established in 1889 and is still owned and operated by the Urwin family. Urwin and Company Ltd. impact the Bluff area economy; it owns and operates a fleet of 5 vessels, employs up to 30 staff and contracts with a number of independent fishermen. The company harvests catch using environmentally sustainable practices and health and safety plays an important role in company policies and procedures. Urwin and Company Ltd. is well known for the freshness and consistent excellent quality of their ‘wild catch’ products. Check out their website for delicious recipes to cook and serve their fish.

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Wilbur Ellis NZ Ltd.

Wilbur Ellis NZ Ltd. is an annual sponsor of the Trust. From sustaining local initiatives through their Impact Funds, to supporting campus and organisational scholarship programmes for students, to adhering to environmental best practices, Wilbur-Ellis recognises its responsibilities to the communities where they live and work.

Founded in 1921, Wilbur-Ellis is a leading international marketer and distributor of agricultural products, animal feed and specialty chemicals and ingredients. They have offices in New Zealand for their Connel Brothers Division, which markets and distributes specialty chemicals and ingredients, and their Feed Division, which provides high-quality feed ingredients, supplements and forage and identifies markets for food processor by-products to turn disposal challenges into environmentally friendly revenue opportunities.

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Latest news

South Island Robin Release

BHMET is very pleased to announce that after 8 years of hard work the translocation of the South Island Robin (Kakaruai) to Bluff Hill Motupōhue took place on March 1 and March 4. Volunteers from… Read more