Forest restoration and protection on
Bluff Hill and Bluff Harbour environments



Thank you Urwin whanau!

Thank you - Nga mihi

Thank you - Nga mihi

In these difficult times it’s nice to receive good news.
So, it is with great pleasure that Bluff Hill Motupōhue Environment Trust along with our partners Te Runanga o Awarua wish to share this news with you all:
“Yesterday we received a considerable donation from a local Bluff family”. The Urwin whanau (former owners of Urwin and Co Limited) have very generously donated $20,000 to the BHMET and our TKW Native Plant Nursery project - yes that’s right $20,000!!!

We are still in shock, this couldn’t have come at a better time for us as planning for our native plant nursery progresses and we work towards our goal of ‘Predator Free Bluff’. We hope this news brings joy to you all in these uncertain times, it certainly has brought joy to us!

On behalf of BHMET and Te Runanga O Awarua please join us in thanking the Urwin whanau for supporting our efforts to “Restore the Mauri of Motupōhue and bring back the birdsong to Bluff”
Thank you from the Trustees of BHMET

Thank you Southland Tramping Club!

Southland Tramping Club superstars

Southland Tramping Club superstars

A massive THANK YOU to the Southland Tramping Club for their amazing donation!

It is an absolute pleasure to receive such a generous donation for another nature loving group! We are so delighted that your club get joy in walking Motupohue, and be assured your donation will go towards continuing the great work being done to restore it.

Nga Mihi - Thank you!

Volunteer Hush Sutherland

Volunteer Hush Sutherland

The Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust would not exist with our very specail kaitūao [volunteers]. We are delighted we get to meet such lovely people who share our same passion for Bluff and the environment - and volunteering is such a cool way to meet people!

This week we wish to thank Niamh Edgington and Hush Sutherland (and her human parents Karen & Haggis!) for being part of our special band of workers!

Niamh has been part of our Foveaux Walkway team, keeping our outter coastline trap line serviced, while Hush and her human parents have been manning one of our bush lines for the last 12 months. We wish Niamh the very best for her future in Conservation ( LOVE IT!) and we know we havent seen the last of Hush!

Thanks folks! We couldnt do this work without you!

If you’d like to volunteer, please email us at - we are always keen to accept donated time, 1 hour, 2 hours, or even a regular trap line!

We Cleaned Up!

The BHMET team would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers who supported our Annual Conservation Week Big Beach Clean-up yesterday!!!

We had a record number of volunteers with 92 participants!

The rubbish weight tally = 1550 kg - that’s over 1.5 tonnes and of that St Teresa’s staff and pupils collected 250 kg!
An epic day followed by a wonderful afternoon tea at the Anchorage Cafe - generously donated by Real Journeys!

Thanks to all involved, especially Tracker Black who coordinated the clean-up, big thanks to the land owners for allowing access and of course a huge thanks to all the volunteers for taking the time on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to support us. Here a a couple of pics of the day :)
Thanks again everyone BHMET ❤️

Increase of Titi numbers at Bluff colonies

BHMET Trustee Peter Leask and a fluffy friend

BHMET Trustee Peter Leask and a fluffy friend

Ten years ago, the discovery of a mauled half eaten Titi on the walkway prompted the creation of the Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust. Congratulations to our volunteers and our partners who have maintained their stance, their passion and commitment to ensuring a safe place for these precious birds to continue on the mainland

This year, 80 Goodnature A24 automatic traps were purchased following kind donations by Ka Mate Nga Kiore and Rakiura Tītī Island Administering Body. Our amazing volunteers put in some long hours on the hill maintaining manual traps but these auto resetting traps have reinforced our special places on Bluff Hill by being on guard 24/7.

Link here for the full story on Stuff!