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Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust Walk

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Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust Walk


Sunday, 5 April 2020

Grade 2

Nearest Town: Katikati

Registration Region: Katikati

Duration: 2 hours

Start Time: 10:00 AM - Meet at end of Wrights Road at the Aongatete Lodge car park

Cost: Gold Coin Donation to the Trust

For a number of years there has been a bunch of volunteers working towards the restoration of wildlife and plant life in this part of the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.

To achieve this, volunteers are doing pest control. This involves poisoning ship rats and possums. Ship rats eat native lizards and invertebrates and raid bird nests for eggs.

These rats are prey for stoats and feral cats, so they attract additional pest animals to forest. Possums are also a problem in the Aongatete forest - they raid bird nests and strip the forest of much of its foliage.

Indeed, they have eaten so much vegetation that their favourite plants are now gone or going: tree fuchsia and broadleaf are gone, Raukaua, tree Rata and Kamahi are dead or dying , and Kohekohe is under attack.

With all these holes in the forest canopy, wind is knocking over the tall Tawa trees. As new seedlings and saplings grow deer mow the forest floor clean.

However pest control is already making a difference. Bird numbers are increasing, and the volume of insects and spiders has increased dramatically, which means more food for birds. With fewer possums, new green shoots and leaves are appearing on Kamahi and Kohekohe. Come and learn more about the work that they have been doing and have a great walk exploring through the bush.

This walk is very family friendly and will take about 1 ½ hours.

A gold coin donation towards the cause would be greatly appreciated.

Registration essential.

Checklist:

  • Bring Food and Drink
  • Raincoat
  • Sturdy Footwear Required

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are responsible for their own safety equipment, food, water, clothing and vehicles.

The Festival is a non-profit event which relies heavily on volunteers, and donations to help pay for the organisation and promotion of the month-long event.

Any contribution received towards ECHO is greatly appreciated and helps to ensure the success and continuation of the festival.

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COVID-19 Information

  • The festival is Fully Operational in RED.
  • Vaccine passes are required.
  • Please register for all walks.

Regarding the removal of the Vaccine Pass Mandate by the NZ Government on 4th April 2022, The ECHO Walking Festival organising committee has given the matter careful consideration and has decided to continue our requirement for Vaccine Passes on our walks this year. The reasons are as follows:

  • We are aware of a number of at-risk walkers who have already registered for walks based on the original criteria.
  • Some of our guides are in the at-risk category.
  • While we understand our walks are in the outside environment, we are required to stay close together and often on narrow tracks. It is impossible to social distance in these settings and mask-wearing is not practical due to the exertion required on walks.

We know this will be disappointing to many and we ask for your continued understanding as we look forward to a time where everyone can come along and enjoy our walks.