Apr 19 2014

Update Predator Control

We have just trialled two new baits in our trap lines at Hamurana Springs.
All traps have been baited with “Erayz” freeze dried rabbit blocks, and every second trap was also sprayed with an aerosol salmon spray lure. This resulted in a catch after one week of 9 rats, 2 hedgehogs and 1 cat. Our sincere thanks to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Environment Enhancement Fund for the opportunity to purchase these new baits.

The spray on salmon lure (odd numbered traps) resulted in 7 catches, while the non-salmon lure traps resulted in 3 catches. Two traps had two rats, and we got catches at Traps 17 and 25, which haven’t caught for more than 12 months. These results show that the spray lure has been very effective and so has the rabbit bait. It also shows that we should never rest on our laurels with trapping predators. While it appeared we had got on top of the rat population at around 6 catches per month for the last 6 or more months, suddenly we get 9 in a week. They are always out there, we just have to keep coming up with new and better ways to catch them.

As a way of knowing whether our trapping efforts are having any benefit to the general ecology of the Reserve, we monitor fantail numbers each season. Counts of territorial adult pairs are done throughout September to give a total at 1 October, then repeat counts are done throughout March/April to give an end of season total at mid April. For the 2013/2014 season, we started with 15 pairs and finished the season with 16 pairs plus 4 extra birds!
This is really great to see after another very dry late summer period. It strongly indicates that our trapping efforts are having a positive effect on fantail survival and productivity at the Reserve, so great work to everyone that has been involved checking our traps –

Kerry Oates

Mar 10 2014

29th March.. Workday!

(by Cherry Douglas)

Our next workday is Sat March 29th at the earlier start time of 9.00am.
We will be weeding around new plantings, finish pruning along the Ynys Fraser walkway and clearing of debris in the main stream just below the head spring. HSIS acknowledges the support of BOP Regional Council’s Environment Enhancement Fund which has funded the hire of a chipper/shredder to eliminate burning of green waste. We will stockpile the debris from the head spring this workday in readiness for the chipper on our April workday.

Our trapping programme is still achieving good results with high catch rate of stoats in January. You should notice increased  birdlife on your walks, this is due to our successful trapping teams.

In- stream works late last year has improved general stream flow and cleared a lot of weed. We have already had comments on this.

Please bring your favourite gardening tool, gloves, drink, your own lunch which we will have on site if the weather allows us to do so.

Last work day was cancelled due to wet weather but 6 hardy souls braved it for a couple of hours and cleaned up just over the main bridge.

Come and see what we do, and join in for a little while or a bit longer. All hands are welcome!!

Mar 10 2014

Reserve Photos added

Thanks Jamie Douglas for contributing 2 photos.
They’ve been added to the Reserve Photos!

Feb 25 2014

Workday 22nd February 2014

Kia Ora Korua and welcome to the first of our workdays for 2014.
Unfortunately it was cancelled due to the inclement weather, although a few die hard members decided to brave the weather and continue!
While Stephen and Jamie (Jamie Douglas stepped in for me) trooped off in search for the elusive “Rattus norvegicus” and other rodent like critters to do the trapping, Lyn & Barry Menzie, Cherry Douglas and myself decided to do a few hours toil and cleared the garden just over the main bridge and cleared the path up to the Ynys Fraser walkway.  No heavy activities where undertaken due to Health & Safety concerns.

Thankfully it was not too unpleasant working in the constant drizzle as the humidity was quite high and drizzle was just enough to cool us down.  We started to pack up our gear by 11am and by this time we were all soaked, but luckily forethought by Stephen and myself we had a change of clothes.
Everyone knows Stephen disposition for getting into water and getting wet so dry clothes are now a part of our monthly workday gear.  And sanctuary was close at hand with a wonderful shared lunch and a glass of wine at the Douglas Castle where we were cheerfully joined by our two partially disabled members sporting designer crutches, Jerry Douglas and Sally French.

Our next workday is scheduled for 30th March so look forward to seeing you then.

Nga mihi,
Lorraine Parker,
Vice President

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Feb 20 2014

Koaro Monitoring Programme

These is a few lines take from one of Kristina Thompson Emails regarding the on going monitoring of the Koaro at Hamurana Spring:
Kia Ora
The Kaikaitahuna Koaro Monitoring Group, consisting of members of Ngati Rangiwewehi and Te Arawa Lakes Trust did the monitoring of the Koaro population at Kaikaitahuna (Hamurana Springs) on the 18th and 19th of February.
Happy to report our koaro population at Kaikaitahuna (Hamurana) Springs is looking good.  Rikihana and his Kaikaitahuna Koaro Monitoring Team (Gina, Hera and Leilanie), with the support of Mithuna (DOC Opotiki), Jody Richardson (volunteer trainer), Caraline and myself were out for those two days monitoring our koaro population above the trout barrier. We caught 30 Koaro!

Koaro Results

Thank you to Rikihana, Gina, Leilanie, Hera, Jody and Mithuna,


Kristina Thompson
Kaiārahi – Koiora Rerekētanga
Ranger – Biodiversity
Department of Conservation Te papa Atawhai
99 Sala Street, Rotorua | DDI: +64 7 349 8228 (Internal VPN 6478)

Conservation for prosperity Tiakina te taiao, kia puawai

Feb 20 2014

First Workday 2014 this Saturday


This Saturday is our first scheduled work day for the new year.

Depending on the number of attendees (and we know that several of our key committee  members are not available) we will look at clearing from the main bridge (the Grotto) and along the main track to the Ynys Fraser walkway, removing any debris that is trapped on the weir, this is best done by getting a bit wet and using hands – Stephen Parker will be best to lead this part of the day – won’t take long.

Some clearance in the stream at the main spring would be nice, but here again depending on numbers – might be a March job, although we are already planning March work to start  to stockpile rubbish up by the main spring in readiness for mulching.
We have applied for and been granted funds to hire a mulcher 4 times a year . Diana will do some spraying if the weather is OK.
Lets start with a relatively easyish day, so bring your favourite gardening tool,  gloves, hat, drink.
Plus note
NEW STARTING TIME 9.00am, lets get moving before it gets too hot in the day..

As usual, bring your own lunch, we will have on site or if the weather doesn’t look promising during the morning we can come back to our “other” venue at Kaska Rd, we will decide on this during the morning.

Hope to see you there, Lorraine will be in charge on Sat in Kerry’s absence, with Stephen, Diana and myself close behind. Please feel free to ring me on sat morning 3322474 if you are uncertain on the morning.

Finally, we wish speedy recovery to Sally for her foot operation which she had to have re-done yesterday and Jerry with his hip operation two weeks ago. If they are lucky they might both be allowed to come out  for lunch on Saturday, and we look forward to having them back on the working team again in the not too distant future.

Thank you all for your continued support as always.
Cherry Douglas

NOTE from Webmaster:
Sorry I can’t come along with my camera anymore since my remigration to The Netherlands.
To anyone that takes photos from now on: Please email them to me, preferably good sized and with little stories to accompany, so I can continue publishing them.
Herma Snel

Dec 09 2013

Almost 2014…

BannerSeasons Greetings to All of You!

Dec 02 2013

Last 2013 Workday and Lunch

(By Kerry Oates)
Our final work day for 2013 went off without a hitch on Saturday 30 November, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We started off by continuing some tasks from the previous session, weeding, spot spraying, pruning, lawns mowed, all paths swept, charcoal removed, debris cleared from the main stream and opening up a new vista into the forks of the “koaro stream” tributary near the Douglas Grove.

Kristina - DOC

Kristina Thompson – DOC

We had a really good turnout of 22 people, and were joined by Kristina Thompson of DOC who has now taken a full time role as project manager, and has been working with us and Ngati Rangiwewehi on the Koaro Restoration Project in conjunction with Fish & Game and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Our inaugural life members, Barry and Lynn Menzies planted a Kauri tree in recognition of their milestone, and enjoyed many photos taken for the web site and their own posterity (see blog post).

At the close of the work session we all congregated for our traditional end of year luncheon, generously hosted by Cherry and Jerry Douglas and all enjoyed a cool drink or two in a great relaxed and social ambience.
Following a sumptuous meal, a few brief speeches were made in recognition of the efforts of key members in furthering the aims of the society, the welcoming of two new members, and of course to our beloved patron Ynys Fraser who joined in the festivities with us and also spoke some words.

Ynys Fraser, Patron of HSIS

Ynys Fraser, Patron of HSIS

We take a small break now, apart from lawn mowing and our predator trapping project (which never rests), and will return to more maintenance and enhancement duties on 22nd February 2014.

In the meantime, please check out our web site (http://hamurana-springs.co.nz/) and “like us on face book”.

We’ve had a lot of very positive feed back about the web site lately and I take this opportunity to thank our webmaster Herma Snel and Vice President Lorraine Parker, for their efforts in keeping it up-dated regularly with loads of features, information, and so many awesome photos.

Do come and join us, it’s a great social function with huge community spirit, and a great way to meet people and make new friends.

Contacts are; Kerry Oates (President) 3322 975, Lorraine Parker (Vice President) 349 3443, or drop us an email via our website, we’d love to have you along…

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
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Dec 01 2013

Kauri planted for first Life Members


The Kauri, Agathis australis, is a gift from HSIS to the Menzies, the Society’s first Life Members.
Barry & Lynn chose a Kauri, to be planted in the Area of the Reserve now called the Traveller’s Trees area.

The tree was given a good start to it’s new life with the addition of compost, sheep pellets and slow release fertiliser.

It celebrates the outstanding service and hard work given to the Reserve by Barry and Lynn since the Society’s inception in 2003.
The planting was blessed by John Rainbow with the words:

Kia toa, Kia kaha, Kia manawanui : Be bold, Be strong, With the heart of a Warrior.

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Nov 27 2013

Upcoming: Last 2013 Workday + Lunch


This Saturday is our last workday for this year!

As usual meet in the carpark at 9.30am, H & S talk by Diana, discuss various tasks for the morning:
Some tree pruning – loppers, weedeating of main track, general clean along main track, entrance to main bridge and grotto over the main bridge. Depending on person-power clear out a log jam in the stream, and remove the charcoal from the Douglas grove burning pile and distribute under the trees.
Barry & Lynn will be planting their special tree in recognition  of their life membership up at the Travellers Trees area.

This will all be followed by our end of year lunch from say 12.30 – 1pm and onwards, stay for a little while, stay for a long while. This will be at Douglas’ as usual. We will have guests attending lunch also.

A contribution of a salad or dessert would be appreciated, we will supply the meats etc. BYO please.

Any further information required please – contact Kerry 3322975 or Lorraine 3493443

 We look forward to seeing you

Cherry Douglas

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