HELP Waihi was established in 1997 by people representing Forest and Bird (Waihi), Newmont Waihi Gold and local schools with funding from the Waikato Regional Council, Lotto Environment and Heritage Grant, Lilian Valder Ohinemuri Trust and support from Waihi Mitre 1.
The Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), or matuku is a large, heron-sized bird. They are rarely seen because of their secretive behaviour and excellent camouflage. They are most active at dawn, dusk and through the night. They live in wetlands throughout New Zealand with Whangamarino Wetlandin the Waikato being the most nationally significant site.
As we move into autumn and winter the planting season approaches. There is a wealth of information on the Department of Conservation website about planting in the Waikato Region.
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)