Caring for the Hokonui Hills

We have an awesome and very diverse team at the Hokonui Runanga.

Within our ropu (group) we have the amazing Lois Bishop, the Haumuri (Croydon Bush) pest control co-ordinator.

She is also part of the Hokonui Tramping Club.

Lois explains her reasons for being part of the tramping club were to join like-minded people, learn from others, and share her own skills and knowledge.

The relationship with the Hokonui Runanga and the Hokonui Tramping Club began in 2019 and joined hands officially in July 2021.

This was the beginning of the pest control trapping programme for the Hokonui Hills Restoration Plan.

Lois has found the Hokonui Runanga partnership to be beneficial for both parties.

‘‘It’s certainly great support for the Hokonui Tramping Club in helping us with funding through Jobs for Nature and providing the manpower to help improve and increase the trap lines’’, she said.

The Hokonui Tramping Club will be holding a volunteer training evening facilitated by Lois onFebruary 15, at 7pm, at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall in Gore.

The purpose and focus of this hui is to attract those who wish to understand and learn about the trapping programme, are interested in knowing more about this field of work and how this programme is running to protect, preserve and restore the Hokonui Hills.

Lois hopes that after this training, there will be volunteers to support the existing Haumuri trap lines and to support this kaupapa (programme).

She hopes to have future programmes for the younger generation to encourage them to get involved.

Our very own Shelley Karena from Te Taiao ropu (The Environmental Group) has also recently volunteered.

‘‘I really enjoy getting out in nature and walking the tracks in Haumuri and Dolamore, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity for me,‘‘ she said.

‘‘I also find that having a set purpose while walking is motivation.

‘‘Not only am I getting my steps in, but I’m also doing my part to help protect our native wildlife, a win-win.’’