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About the Branch

Tena Koutou, welcome to the Kaipara Branch of the New Zealand Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, the country's leading independent conservation organisation. The Society's mission is to preserve and protect the native plants and animals and natural features of New Zealand.

Kaipara Forest and Bird was formed to focus on conservation issues concerning the Harbour, South Kaipara and Norwest communities.  The branch began life as a section of Waitakere Forest and Bird in 2004 and became an official branch of Forest and Bird in November 2005. 

The Kaipara Branch has a broad agenda seeking to promote the sustainable development of the Harbour and its catchment.  As part of this work we have a major communty partnership to restore the 615 ha Atuanui (Mt Auckland Scenic Reserve) through the Atuanui Restoration Project.  The Branch also manages the Colin Kerr-Taylor Reserve at Waimauku.

Alongside these projects to enhance the environment of the Harbour catchment, the Branch is also proactive in terms of working with like-minded organisations to protect it from inappropriate development including proposed mussel and oyster farms.

A central focus of branch activities is the protection of the Kaipara Harbour's ecological, landscape and natural heritage values.  An aquaculture company has proposed large industrial scale aquaculture in inappropriate areas of the Harbour - areas that have high landscape values, such as the area off Omokoiti coastal reserves, or that have high marine ecology values, such as the areas of subtidal Zostera seagrass and benthic communities in the southern Kaipara.

Committee: contact details of the  Branch Executive Committee elected at the AGM in April 2009 

Kiwi Conservation Club: local youngsters are invited to participate in the Kiwi Conservation Club activities of the Waitakere Branch

Links: links to Forest and Bird Head Office and branches in the Region, to local organisations, and other websites of interest

Join us: sign up as a member of Forest and Bird and then select to join this branch to make a difference for the Kaipara ....more

Calendar: dates of regular meetings and forthcoming events ....more

News: news and current events are now posted to the Home page ....more

Newsletter: download the latest edition of “Coastlines”, the Branch newsletter by clicking here