New Track renamed
Just 12 months after completing a new track (see below) the name has been changed from Wattle Point to Matai Point.
This is in keeping with the status of the Wattle tree (Acacia melanoxylon) as a weed which is being eradicated and the recent replacement with several new plantings of our native Matai (Prumnopitys taxifolia).
You can read more about Matai here
Golden Bay Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) 2018 Planting
On the weekend of 16th June a group of Golden Bay Conservation Kids and their parents from Forest and Bird helped to plant Matai trees at Wattle point.
They planted 50 young Matai trees, so we can now feel confident to call Wattle Point , Matai point.
New Wattle Point Track
21st November 2017:
After John and Bron toiled away over the past 2 months preparing the new track to Wattle Point, a group of us worked together to fill it with gravel. As you can see the final result is very pleasing.
You can now walk down through the swampy area to the bush track along the edge of the swamp where you will hear many Fern Bird making their distinctive clicking sound and if you are lucky you will hear Bittern booming and even the sharp squeek call of a Spotless Crake.
Golden Bay Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC)
The first step in turning Wattle Point into Matai Point.
Matai Tree Plantings
More photos on the Gallery page.
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On 4th June 2017, 25 Children and 20 parents of the Golden Bay Kiwi Conservation Club planted 9 large Matai trees and 70 mixed natives at Matai Grove.
The weather turned cold and wet but not a grizzle was heard.