POHUTUKAWA TRUST NEW ZEALAND
To rehabilitate the native flora and
fauna of Kawau Island
To promote the conservation of
indigenous species in New Zealand
To achieve sustainable land use on Kawau Island
THE BIG PICTURE
Glenn Jeffrey. -
10 March 1998.
big picture photograph shows a view from above Moores Bay, looking
North across Bon Accord Harbour. The scene is a typical one of
visiting small vessels in the sheltered harbour waters.
Tall ships visit on occasions and cruising
vessels visiting New Zealand from overseas often call at Kawau. Just
30 nautical miles north of Auckland City and in the waters of the
Hauraki Gulf makes Kawau Island a popular destination or stop-over for
small vessels during cruising holidays, to enjoy the scenery of this
unique maritime settlement and to see some of the settlementís early
heritage in the Kawau Island Historic Reserve.
Across the Bon Accord Harbour the old traditional
trading scow is seen, tucked in against a backdrop of flourishing
coastal pohutukawa trees. The trees were saved from certain possum
destruction by the initiatives of the private landowners who own 90%
of the island (the land shown in the photograph is privately owned).
Along the shoreline, blending in with the trees are about 12 holiday
homes, depicting a typical scene along the sheltered western coastline
of Kawau. The legal access is from the sea, providing an
environmentally friendly solution on an island which has no road
the skyline to the right is Mount Taylor, named by John Taylor from
the Kawau Company during the early coppermining days of the 19th
century, and on the eastern slopes can be seen the tops of emerging
Kauri trees catching the late afternoon sunlight. In the valley below
there is a gorge with permanent water and recovering native trees
including nikau, puriri, taraire, rata, rewarewa, a large leaf tawa
native gloxinia the taurepo flowering again after being almost
lost to browsing animal pests.
Mount Taylor stream tumbles about 35 metres down rapids and discharges
into a flat valley and wetland and then on to the intertidal inlet at
the right shoreline, where the rare brown teal has been seen again,
most likely in response to a reduction in predator numbers as the
restoration project slowly but surely progresses.
another setting to the left of Mount Taylor there is a large stony
flat with low kanuka scrub and fern, where numbers of the North Island
Brown Kiwi are now slowly recovering as another response to the
restoration project. The largest population of threatened
North Island weka in New Zealand is also at
home on the island, and kaka and bellbirds are
re-establishing too. There has been a huge increase in
kereru numbers (the native wood pigeon) since
possum and wallaby control commenced. Further north puriri trees are
emerging and surviving in the absence of severe wallaby browsing,
their seeds being spread by the kereru.
photograph provides a brief introduction and appreciation of the very
significant ecological potential of Kawau Island and some of the
lasting benefits to be gained for the Kawau Island community, the
Rodney District, and the people of the greater Auckland region, from
this notable private landowner restoration initiative.
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