During the 1990's a group of locals who had been visiting the Wharepapa/Mt Arthur area for many years noticed a decline in bird song. In January 2001, they founded Friends of Flora (FoF), naming the charity after the Flora Stream which runs through the area. Led by Maryann Ewers and Bill Rooke, FOF established a partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and dedicated themselves to restoring the flora and fauna of the area.
Predator control was key. An initial line of stoat traps was installed along the Flora Stream track. Over the years the network has expanded to include all the streams that flow into the Upper Takaka River and we continue to grow with plans to expand the network deeper into the Grecian River catchment, an area of more than 10000 ha.
With best practice stoat trapping in place, FOF added re-establishing whio/blue duck (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) and roroa/great spotted kiwi (Apteryx haastii) to their activities. An alpine project focusing on the special fauna of Wharepapa/Mt Arthur is now underway.
FOF is a pre-eminent community conservation group. The success of our trapping and roroa re-establishment projects was recognised in 2018 with FOF being awarded the inaugural Kiwis for Kiwi, Tohu Tiketike 'Kiwi Project of the Year' award
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The Blake Ambassadors is a programme run by the Sir Peter Blake Trust that sends young people to work on environmental and heritage projects. Natalie de Burgh, is currently working in your Flora project area. She is recording her experiences on a blog: Click here
12 kiwis translocated from South Gouland to the Flora area.
Ecological surveys of the Salisbury Ecological Management Unit with joint DOC/FOF teams
Mar & April 2013
12 kiwis translocated from New Creek with another 8 kiwi released from the Upper Roaring Lion in April. See the pictures on our facebook page
Our first kiwi chick is born.
National Radio Interview with Maryann Ewers & Bill Rooke, founders of FoF.
Man prosecuted for taking his dog into the Flora area, endangering the kiwi.
10 years of Friends of Flora celebrated.
Helen Clark, becomes Patron of Friends of Flora.
Friends of Flora and DOC Motueka release 12 adult kiwi into the Flora. Read the monthly updates.
Friends of Flora and DOC Motueka release whio into the Flora. Read annual whio survey data.
Friends of Flora was founded.