Forest restoration and protection on
Bluff Hill and Bluff Harbour environments


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Blacks Fasteners

Blacks Fasteners partnered with us in 2013 to help us establish a native plant nursery and to help in our possum control activities. In 2016 they agreed to provide funds for translocation of the South Island robin. Blacks Fasteners has a proud tradition as a socially responsible business and tries where possible and practical to support their local communities. They are currently involved in various sponsorships built around Community, Sporting and Conservation causes and activities.

Blacks Fasteners began trading in New Zealand in 1989 with the aim of supplying a comprehensive range of top quality fasteners at competitive prices to customers throughout New Zealand and beyond. With their team of trained professionals offering unmatched customer service, they have grown to five easily accessible locations around New Zealand - Nelson, Blenheim, Invercargill and two stores in Christchurch. The huge range of fasteners in their inventory is fully computerised, enabling on-the-spot answers to enquiries, fast quotation turnaround and efficient sales and dispatch to meet their customers’ requirements. With unmatched knowledge, experience and professionalism, combined with superior products and service, Blacks Fasteners is now at the forefront of the fastener industry.

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Invercargill City Council

The Invercargill City Council (ICC) partnered with us in 2013 and provided significant financial support for 3 years. Their support helped provide for the costs of our pest animal control during that period. The ICC allocates funds for community groups with the expectation that they fit into the vision Council has agreed for their City: a city that is diverse and exciting; healthy lifestyles in a healthy environment; a city that is a great place to live and visit; strong and innovative leadership.

The purpose of the ICC is to enable democratic local decision making and action by, and on behalf of, communities for good quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost effective for households and businesses. ICC’s Vision: Creating an exciting, innovative, safe, caring and friendly City offering lifestyles based on a healthy environment and diverse growing economy.

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Te Runanga o AwaruaTe Rau Aroha Marae home to Te Runanga o AwaruaTe Rau Aroha Marae home to Te Runanga o Awarua

Te Rau Aroha Marae is the world’s southern-most marae. Located in Bluff, the marae was originally established in the late 1800s as a hostel for local Māori who lived on islands off the Southland coast. The marae was developed in 1985, but the tīpuna whare, Tahu-pōtiki, which takes its name from the ancestor (tīpuna) of the local tribe, Ngāi Tahu, was opened in February 2003.

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Southern Generation Limited Partnership

Southern Generation Limited Partnership, is a joint venture between Pioneer Energy Ltd., Electricity Invercargill Ltd., and The Power Company Ltd., a group with strong regional, cultural and strategic alignments. In 2015, Pioneer Energy (PE) contacted us and asked if the Trust would take on the predator control monitoring as outlined in their Ecological Monitoring and Management Plan (EMMP). We jumped at the chance to set up a trap network for possums and mustelids in Greenhills, an area just outside the Bluff peninsula. The main objective of the EMMP’s predator control program is to provide a buffer between the mainland and the Bluff peninsula that will reduce the rate of reinvasion of possums and mustelids. This program will give significant support to conservation management on Bluff Hill carried out by by BHMET. PE provided startup funds to purchase 20 traps and makes an annual donation to BHMET. We are proud to be working with a company concerned about their impact on the environment.

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Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters

Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters (BWBO) donates annually to the Trust and in return we provide volunteers who work as oyster shuckers for BWBO at the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival. It’s a fun and full day for our shucking volunteers. BWBO also donates to other local groups who help out the festival.

Barnes Wild Bluff Oysters is New Zealand’s definitive oyster company supplying the freshest and finest oysters year after year. Barnes Oysters was founded by oyster connoisseur Ernest Barnes in 1958. With a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, Ernest saw Barnes Oysters move from strength to strength and soon became a household name amongst seafood lovers nationwide. Ernest’s innovation and passion for the oyster industry and the exceptional quality and taste of wild oysters continues to guide their values today. From their base in Invercargill, they hold their roots and grand history dear. Their purpose built factory supplies the country with top quality product seasonally and is also licenced to export to Australia and China.

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Te Runanga o Ngai TahuTe Runanga o Ngai TahuTe Runanga O Nga Tahu

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Te Rūnanga), the tribal council, was established by the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Act 1996 to be the tribal servant, protecting and advancing the collective interests of the iwi.

Our dream is that our ancestral landscape is protected and our people have living relationships with their whakapapa and traditions through the environment. The goal is that Ngāi Tahu is a principled kaitiaki (steward) of our takiwā (tribal territory). Our lands have always been fundamental to our tribal identity. We know our place in the world through our whakapapa to our takiwā, it carries our stories of creation, warfare, marriage and times of change. Restoring our tribal footprint to our ancestral landscape, in both traditional and contemporary forms, is a galvanising force within the iwi.

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South Port NZ

Located in Bluff Harbour, at the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, South Port is New Zealand’s southernmost commercial deep water port.

From its base on the 40ha man-made Island Harbour, South Port is proud to provide a full range of marine services, cargo and container shipping, and on-site warehousing for domestic and international customers. The port is ideally situated to service Southland’s significant export and import industries including aluminium, timber, fisheries, dairy, meat, wood chips, stock food, cement, alumina, fertiliser and petroleum products.

South Port prides itself on adding value to its import and export customers, providing customised solutions to meet their needs and partnering with them to achieve their operational objectives.

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Urwin and Company Ltd.

Urwin and Company Ltd., a Bluff based wholesale seafood company, provided funds for our pest eradication programme. The company was established in 1889 and is still owned and operated by the Urwin family. Urwin and Company Ltd. impact the Bluff area economy; it owns and operates a fleet of 5 vessels, employs up to 30 staff and contracts with a number of independent fishermen. The company harvests catch using environmentally sustainable practices and health and safety plays an important role in company policies and procedures. Urwin and Company Ltd. is well known for the freshness and consistent excellent quality of their ‘wild catch’ products. Check out their website for delicious recipes to cook and serve their fish.

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Community Trust South is your community owned grant making organisation. From Stewart Island to Glenorchy, Te Anau to Tapanui and all the places in between, we provide a helping hand to hundreds of groups - both large and small - by providing funding for facilities, services, events, community projects and programmes.

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Conservation Week Planting

Conservation Week was 5-11 September 2022. BHMET set out an ambitious target: to put 20,000 native plants into the ground during the week. With the help of corporate and individual volunteers, we… Read more