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What can YOU do for Kereru?

As New Zealander’s we have a responsibility to be the custodians of our beautiful country. We must care for and nurture our environment and all that is special to New Zealand.

Kereru are a special part of New Zealand and it is our intention and vision that this bird will be around for many future generations to come. What can you do for Kereru? There are many things that ALL New Zealander’s can do to enhance the populations of Kereru.

What can our school do?
What can I do around the home?
What can I do around the Bach?

What can I do around the farm?
Recreational Parks, Reserves and Golf Courses?
What can I do in a City Apartment?
As a Maori tribal group (Iwi) what part do we play?
What is the Council’s role in all of this?

What can our school do?

Make environmental management and conservation part of the curriculum (talk about our native species of plants, birds, fish, reptiles and insects).

Report on any Kereru activity to our response centre manager@kaipatiki.org.nz

Adopt and become the custodians for a nearby local area or bush reserve.

Get involved in local planting and planting in the school grounds of native plants to create blocks and corridors for Kereru and other native bird species.

Control pests

Compost all your food waste (get pupils involved in composting or using a worm farm)
What can I do around the home?

Join a local care group (planting bee’s, weeding and caring for local waterways)

Plant native species in your garden. They are very hardy, require little maintenance and will bring the birds and bees back to your garden.

Click here for a list of the different trees and shrubs you can plant to attract Kereru and other native birds.

Naturally Native specialise in selling Native New Zealand plants. Visit their website at www.naturallynative.co.nz

If you don’t have room for natives try planting them in pots.

Control domestic pets if you live on or near native catchments (a bell on your cat will ensure it cannot sneak up on an unsuspecting Kereru).

Remove plant pests and plant desirable alternatives, see this site and download the information “Plant me instead” http://www.arc.govt.nz/arc/environment/biosecurity/

Compost all your food waste and use the rich nutrient soil when planting native plants.

Dispose of any green waste via your local green dumps or collections. DO NOT dispose of green waste (weeds) into nearby native catchments.

Report on any Kereru activity to our response centre manager@kaipatiki.org.nz

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What about the family bach - What can we do there?

Control domestic pets (bells on cats etc) .

Plant and protect native plant species (hardy and require little maintenance)

Contact your local council to get information about the uniqueness of your area and how you can sustain that uniqueness.

Control pests and weeds

Report on any Kereru activity to our response centre manager@kaipatiki.org.nz

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We live on a farm what could we do?

Protect native forest remnants from browsing goats, pigs and other ungulates by fencing.

Control domestic pets (bells on cats etc)

Restore linkages/corridors of native forest remnants.

Ask about placing a covenant on land which is not farmable land. Contact the Queen Elizabeth II Trust to see how http://www.nationaltrust.org.nz/

Plant and protect native plant species.

Control pests such as possums, stoats and rats (contact your local council for advice and help with pest management).

Contact your local council to get information about the uniqueness of your area and how you can sustain that uniqueness.

Compost all your food waste and use the rich nutrient soil when planting native plants.

Dispose of any green waste via your local green dumps or collections. DO NOT dispose of green waste (weeds) into nearby native catchments.

Report on any Kereru activity to our response centre manager@kaipatiki.org.nz

Report any illegal hunting of Kereru to the police.

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What about recreational parks, reserves and golf courses?

Plant native trees as hazards.

Control pests and weeds.

Linking up native bush remnants to create corridors.

Report on any Kereru activity to our response centre manager@kaipatiki.org.nz

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We live in an apartment in the city - Is there anything we can do?

Join a local care group (planting bee's, weeding and caring for local waterways)

Plant native plants in pots if you have a deck

Join environmental groups and support not-for-profits in your area.

Keep abreast of environmental issues on this website and others (related links)

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As a Maori tribal group (Iwi) what part do we play?

You can assist with covenanting, fencing and protecting taonga (treasure) on Maori land.

Promote traditional values of native flora and fauna among your Iwi.

Establish partnerships with stakeholders such as Local Authorities, NGO’s.

Control pests on Maori land in conjunction with planting of native plants.

Communicating conservation to all members of your Iwi.

Report any illegal hunting of Kereru to the police.

Report on any Kereru activity to our response centre manager@kaipatiki.org.nz

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What is regional and local council’s role in all of this?

Provide assistance, funding and advice to landowners and community groups on protecting biodiversity – forest remnants, habitats for native birds.

Undertake pest and weed control in significant natural areas, reserves.

Encourage environmental awareness among all landowners (rural and urban).

Initiate environmental and conservation initiatives.

Encourage the establishment of environmental grants for landowners.

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