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New Fossil Discovered In Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity Hotspot

Thursday, 7 July 2022, 10:56 am | Forest Lifeforce

Fossil hunters scouring the streams of one of this country’s palaeontology hotspots have found rare evidence of an ancient marine mammal. The find, most likely a vertebra from a small whale, is somewhere between 16 and 19 million years old and experts ... More >>

Cash Injection For ‘Pine To Natives’ Forest Conversion Project

Wednesday, 13 October 2021, 9:04 am | Forest Lifeforce

The country’s largest ‘pine to natives’ forest conversion project has been given a $15,000 cash injection by a leading producer of radiata pine products. The initiative by Hawke’s Bay-based Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust (FLRT) is converting ... More >>

Snappy discovery leads to award for fossil-hunter

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 9:16 am | Forest Lifeforce

Leading Hawke’s Bay conservationist Pete Shaw has been recognised by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand for his work on fossils in the Maungataniwha Native Forest. He has been awarded the Harold Wellman Prize for the discovery of important fossil ... More >>

Kiwi eggs rolling in despite a late start

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:09 pm | Forest Lifeforce

The 2019/2020 kiwi egg-lifting season is approaching its mid-way mark and a leading Hawkes Bay kiwi conservation initiative is reporting good numbers of eggs despite a slow start. The Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust, which runs the Maungataniwha ... More >>

New crop of kiwi returning to Hawke’s Bay forests

Monday, 5 August 2019, 12:48 pm | Forest Lifeforce

Seven out of every 10 viable kiwi eggs lifted from a Hawke’s Bay forest during the 2018/2019 breeding season have resulted in juvenile birds that are being returned to the forest this year. The eggs were recovered as part of the nation-wide Operation ... More >>

Kiwi search brings more birds into the fold

Friday, 28 June 2019, 10:07 am | Forest Lifeforce

One of the most prolific and successful kiwi conservation programmes in the country has a raft of new birds to add to its work after a successful ‘prospecting’ exercise in May. Ten volunteers identified eight new breeding pairs, two breeding pairs that ... More >>

Forest indicators warn of a challenging 2019

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 11:42 am | Forest Lifeforce

Drought, fires and difficult days for stock may be at hand if traditional Māori botanical indicators are to be believed. Ti kauka, or cabbage trees, in the Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawke’s Bay are among several species to be flowering unusually ... More >>

New crop of kiwi set to return to Hawke’s Bay forests

Monday, 20 August 2018, 10:34 am | Forest Lifeforce

Three out of every four viable kiwi eggs lifted from a Hawke’s Bay forest during the 2017/2018 season of Operation Nest Egg have resulted in juvenile birds that will be returned either to the forest or to a captive breeding programme this summer (2018/2019). More >>

Pine clearance boosts record-setting native bush recovery

Friday, 21 August 2015, 9:56 am | Forest Lifeforce

Contractors have hand-cleared more than 1.5 million wilding pines from 750 hectares of regenerating native bush in inland Hawke’s Bay. The work took place between August 2014 and July this year as part of New Zealand’s largest single indigenous ... More >>

Researchers stumble across find with a bite

Thursday, 26 March 2015, 9:20 am | Forest Lifeforce

Teeth from a nasty marine predator with a bad attitude from around 80 million years ago are the latest find to come from the fossil-rich Maungataniwha Native Forest in inland Hawkes Bay. Scientists from Wellington-based GNS Science have identified ... More >>

DNA tests complete Kakabeak jigsaw

Thursday, 6 November 2014, 3:21 pm | Forest Lifeforce

DNA tests on newly-discovered, nearly extinct plants have given researchers the most complete picture yet of how the critically-endangered kakabeak (Clianthus maximus, or ngutukākā in te reo) is clinging to survival on the inaccessible cliffs, bluffs ... More >>

Kiwi conservationists on trend alert

Monday, 22 September 2014, 4:20 pm | Forest Lifeforce

The Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust’s Maungataniwha Kiwi Project is keeping a close eye on eggs currently being collected for incubation, and the resulting chicks, to see if a drop in egg numbers from last season’s second clutch is repeated this ... More >>

Hawke's Bay Whio Initiative Earns Cash Grant

Tuesday, 23 October 2012, 1:03 pm | Forest Lifeforce

A successful Hawke's Bay whio, or blue duck, conservation project has received a four-year, $107,500 cash injection from Whio Forever, a species recovery programme launched jointly by Genesis Energy and the Department of Conservation (DOC). More >>

Late arrival for Hawke’s Bay kiwi egg

Monday, 18 June 2012, 10:00 am | Forest Lifeforce

One of the latest kiwi eggs ever to be submitted for artificial incubation was delivered last week by Hawke’s Bay-based Forest Lifeforce Restoration (FLR) Trust to the Kiwi Encounter hatchery at Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park in Rotorua, as part ... More >>