DOC and conservation projects have been a significant part of our community projects and have been both challenging and rewarding.
These boxes have become a a regular feature on walking tracks where the wetas are observed using them as nests and is part of a reasonably regular construction programme as demand for them continues. Modifications of their construction has changed and a more efficient process evolved which has improved productivity and made life a lot easier for us.
Penguin nesting boxes
Another production line was set up for these penguin boxes which were made using specifically donated materials. Those who were involved in positioning them in the sand dunes along the Kapiti coast were allowed to write them names on the boxes.
Kaka nesting boxes
Simulating hollow tree trunks was the project to encourage Kaka nesting and a prototype that had worked was our guide. This was a another learning curve with our own modifications including one members ability to paint the camouflage. We have made an extra one that is to be mounted in one of the trees in the Reserve adjacent our shed.
An important project for conservation has been the construction of stoat traps and we have set up production lines at various times to meet requirements.