Bream Head Reserve from Manaia

Conservation Minister witnesses as Bream Head and Auckland University of Technology team up

The Bream Head Scenic Reserve is a coastal headland 45 km south east of Whangarei. An iconic Reserve with a rugged shoreline backed by steep forest-clad slopes and rocky outcrops and peaks, Bream Head dominates the landscape. Its imposing form is a natural gateway to the Whangarei Harbour.

With sustained and intensive pest control, the ecosystem is flourishing. New species have been found, birds are being reintroduced and species that were only occasional visitors from the Hen and Chicken Islands are now breeding within the reserve.

  • A formalised MOU between the Trust and the Auckland University of Technology has just been signed:

    • It will enable advanced environmental science research to take place on the Reserve and in other areas of Northland.
    • The ability to extend educational experiences to students from primary school to post-doctoral level.
    • Allow the Trust to apply international best practice to pest eradication and seek new and better operational techniques.

The memorandum is aimed at formalising the long-standing relationship between the two parties and will take the restoration of Whangarei’s spectacular Bream Head Te Whara Scenic Reserve to a new and unprecedented level. 

Ongoing restoration faces uncertainty without the continued support of partners such as the Auckland University of Technology.

Pictured are Minister for Conservation and Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon. Eugenie Sage MP (centre left), surrounded by representatives from the Bream Head Conservation Trust, Auckland University of Technology, Department of Conservation, Northport, Northpower, Refining NZ, Foundation North, Patuharakeke, Northland Regional Council and Whangarei District Council.