Four species of wasps in the Waikato region are considered pests, the Australian paper wasp, Asian paper wasp, common wasp and German wasp. You may have to deal with these out in the field. The fact sheet provides useful information on how to deal with wasps. German and common wasps pose the greatest risk to human health. They also attack beehives and prey on native insects. The common wasp and the German wasp inhabit agricultural areas, native forests, planted forests, scrub/shrublands and urban areas where they nest underground and in cavities in trees and buildings.
The Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park was established in 2004 with the long-term aim of reconstructing the natural forest, wetland and lake ecosystems present in pre-European times. Intensive predator control will allow vulnerable species to flourish in an urban environment and spill over to other parts of the city. Tui 2000 Inc has been a partner in the Park since the beginning and runs the Friends of Waikwhakareke. Working bees are held on the last Saturday of the month and attract between 12 and 30 people.
The Sophora fulvida is a species of kowhai tree which grows up to 10m tall. It is found mainly on open or disturbed sites, on base rich volcanic rock, rubble and outcrops and amongst mixed podacarp hardwood forest. A mixed podocarp forest contains tress such as rimu, kahikatea, miro, matai and totara. Sophora fulvida is endemic to NZ therefore it occurs nowhere else in the world. It is found in Northland, Auckland, and the Waikato. The southern most limit occurs on Mt Karioi on the south side of Raglan Harbour.
Welcome to the Waikato Biodiversity Forum
The Waikato Biodiversity Forum is a partnership between research and management agencies, iwi groups, private landowners, communities and projects in relation to native biodiversity in the Waikato region of New Zealand.
The Forum's region of interest extends down to the northern slopes of the Tongariro National Park, across to Mokau on the west coast and up to just north of Port Waikato and includes the Coromandel Peninsula and land west of the Kaimais.
For information about the Forum click on About Us page or phone 0800 BIODIV (246348)