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Community Group features: Owhango Alive

Owhango Alive was formed in 2011 by a group of local residents concerned about the lack of birdlife in the Ohinetonga Reserve. Our group’s mission is to protect and enhance the environment of the Ohinetonga Reserve, Whakapapa River and Owhango village for the benefit of the native flora and fauna and the enjoyment of locals and visitors. We aim to achieve this through:

  • plant and animal pest eradication;
  • raising public awareness and involvement;
  • monitoring outcomes;
  • building strong relationships with the local community, DoC and other relevant agencies and groups.

Ohinetonga Reserve is on the boundary of Tongariro Forest Park which is one of five national kiwi sanctuaries. The reserve itself is home to native birds including the threatened whio (blue duck) and weweia (dabchick), as well as popokatea (whitehead), toutouwai (North Island robin) and kereru (NZ pigeon) and many more. We hold regular Owhango Alive meetings and working bees. If you would like to find out more about what we do, how to become a volunteer or how to sponsor a trap, contact one of the following: Chairperson: Mark Fredericks, (07) 895-4443, 027 5734359. Deputy Chair: Sally Lashmar, (07) 895-4443, 027 4044266