We are committed to working together so that Hawke's Bay's biodiversity is enhanced, healthy and functioning and we need your help!
Many wonderful people are working together to protect and restore biodiversity in Hawke’s Bay – find out about them and our vision for the future in the Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity Strategy. Check out our first Action Plan. This will guide our actions for the next three years as we lay the foundation for the success of the Strategy, creating a future rich in biodiversity for the people of our region.
Wairoa was the centre for biodiversity in Hawke’s Bay last Saturday 9 November, hosting the second annual Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay BioBuzz and Forum event.
Biodiversity enthusiasts from all over Hawke’s Bay and local experts from Wairoa came together for a day of education, engagement and connection – a great opportunity to celebrate achievements by the Wairoa community.
The day got underway at Rangihoua / Pilot Hill, which gave a great view of the whole Whakamahia Lagoon, and then moved down to the beach where stories of the local area were shared, as well as insights into local issues and successes. Malcom Smith, Biodiversity Ranger with DOC, shared his extensive knowledge of the local area and how landscape changes had affected native plants and animals in the long term. Local eco-legend, Katarina Kawana gave the group some hands-on experience of catching and measuring tuna (eel), how to tell the difference between short finned and long finned eel, and the challenges tuna face in today’s world.
The afternoon session showcased local “Eco Gems”, with highlights including knowledge sharing around the number and variety of dragonflies on the Snellings property and the Whangawehi catchment group’s amazing work. The day closed with the opportunity to experience the thrill and wonder of hearing a matuku /Australasian bittern boom in the early evening.
“The level of commitment and enthusiasm for protecting and enhancing our precious biodiversity here in Wairoa is inspiring and we look forward to supporting and working with you all in the future” said Debbie Monahan, General Manager for Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay.
The event was supported by DOC, QEII National Trust, Enviroschools and Bay Tours and Charters. Many that attended left with spot prizes of traps or plants supplied by HBRC and Plant Hawke’s Bay.
Without habitat we have nothing.
Sir David Bellamy
There can be no purpose more enspiriting than to begin the age of restoration, reweaving the wondrous diversity of life that still surrounds us.
E. O. Wilson
It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.
The value of biodiversity is that it makes our ecosystems more resilient, which is a prerequisite for stable societies; its wanton destruction is akin to setting fire to our lifeboat.
A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.
Here we are, the most clever species ever to have lived. So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have?
Nature has introduced great variety into the landscape, but man has displayed a passion for simplifying it. Thus he undoes the built-in checks and balances by which nature holds the species within bounds.
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