First I understand that Chrissie Cleaver is on board for the  Bird Group. Welcome Chrissie

I don’t have anything to report in the Omokoroa area I thought we might like to understand what is happening in the sub-region.

The Manaaki Kaimai Mamaku Forum was formed 10 years ago to coordinate and support care groups in our Forest.

In my role as Regional Councillor for the BOP Regional Council I sort and Council approved $1.5 million over 5 years to assist in pest management in the Forest.

This is a co-governance arrangement between Waikato Regional Council, BOP Regional Council and the Dept. of Conservation. (JAC)

There is further funding that will be used for pest management from the Jobs for Nature Fund.

We are awaiting an announcement from Central Government on this.

I chair the Manaaki Kaimai Mamaku Trust on behalf of the Forum. The Trust has signed off with JAC on  a Document, “Towards a Thriving Kaimai Mamaku Forrest.”This document will be implemented over the next 5 years.

The benefits of pest management on Flora and Fauna is demonstrated by the efforts of Aongatete Trust, The Blade and Puketoke Reserve Group in our Forrest nearby and the resultant increase in bird life and Forrest canopy.

Norm Bruning