Since our last meeting things have progress with our new agreement and partnership with John and his Team. With the agreement about to go to print we found the document required the friends to become a trust or an incorporated society.
The agreement with John now reads the friends have a 12-month window to decide on becoming a trust or an incorporated society.
I have talked to several people with in the FOR and DOC and the community law organisation and the most user-friendly Structure for the FOR is to become a Registered Charitable Trust [ Society based].
As you see on the agenda we will have a discussion regarding a structure for the FOR.
Working with Nik and his team is working well Patrick looking after the Kiwi and Emma the Kea. As you will know by now Jen has replaced Jenny who is working in the kahurangi area. We have had several Biodiversity meetings with Nik and all FOR members have been invited this is a good way of getting information of what is happening in the RNRP and the surrounding area
Chris and Jean organised a mid-winter shared lunch with DOC employees which was very successful as they informed us of their rolls with in the Nelson lakes area.
Thanks to Amber and her Team the Poster is completed and is in the DOC display centre and in the Kerr Bay Shelter Shed and around at West Bay Shelter Sheds. Ideas of where we can place more is welcome
Great Spotted Kiwi update The FOR applied for funding through kiwi for kiwi in June and were unsuccessful. We then applied through the DOC Community fund. The application was made with the help of Nik and Patrick we are waiting on the news to see if we are successful, also Sandy and Robin Toy of Friends of Flora are leading the draft kiwi recovery plan for 2017-2027.
The Kaka meeting was held and a very good presentation by Ron Moorehouse. They are looking for nests in the Nelson Lakes area and in the Wangapeka area. The FOR have asked that we are kept informed of the project.
I would like to thank the co-coordinators Peter, Russell, Chris and the Ratters also Brenda and Bernie for their dedication of prepping the rat bags every fortnight and all the volunteers for their time they have put into trapping, also Karen finances Julie and Peter for Web site and communications and Julie for taking the minutes at meetings and correspondence. Helen guiding me with the right wording with rules and management. Great team effort and a special thanks to these people for supporting me throughout this year.
The catch Data is now been entered onto the DOC Data base and thanks to Graeme for setting this up for us.
Happy Christmas and new year to you all and thanks to my Wife for supporting and putting up with me through this exercise.
Rainbow Line - Russell Chilton
Warwick and I cleared the Rainbow line on Saturday 10th December, our tally was eight stoats, three rats, one possum and a hedgehog.
Weather cool and drizzle all the way to top of the ski-field.
I have installed mouse exclusion bait covers on the first twenty five, DoC 250 traps, Wayne, Peter and myself made twenty covers last week, these covers are made out of a finer mesh than the examples shown at the meeting last week. It will be interesting if they will work as expected
Thanks everyone for your support
Rainbow Line - Pat Terry
Pat had a busy day checking the line on 23 December. Catches included 22 stoats, 2 mice, 2 hedgehogs, 1 possum and 1 rabbit.
Whisky Line - Wayne Sowman
Russell took Wayne to Coldwater Hut by boat on 29 December. Wayne rebaited all traps. Catches were 3 rats, 1 stoat, 1 possum and 2 wasp nests.
Rainbow Line- Stoats - Lorraine, Murray and Russell
The spectacular stoat catch on Rainbow Line continues. On 31 December the catch was 31 stoats, 3 hedgehogs, 2 rabbits and 1 rat. There was a double catch in trap 30 over a 3 day period and trap 70 on the Rainbow Road was cleared on the way up and the way down! Russell has added more mouse excluders to the baits. They are working very well but do make it harder to see if the trap has been sprung.