Great North Road
Chris Green works for the Department of conservation (DOC) and he will talk to us about the 10 year programme to safeguard the future of the iconic wetapunga – aka the Little Barrier island Giant Weta. Starting in 2004 when DOC eradicated the rates from Hauturu Little Barrier islands, Chris has run a monitoring programme to measure the population changes on the island. Then in 2008 a few wetapunga were removed to butterfly Creek (near Auckland Airport) yo initiate a captive colony to supply weta for release onto new islands in the Hauraki Gulf, subsequently Auckland zoo also started a second colony and progeny from both colonies have now been released onto both Motuora and Tiritiri Matangi Islands. come and see how these wetapunga are getting on and what lies ahead in the 15+ year recovery programme.