Men­zshed pro­vides bird hide Hard work a boon for watch­ers

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Bird lovers will soon be able to view their avian friends at Cen­tral Hawke's Bay's Te An­giangi Marine Re­serve up close, but with­out disturbing them, thanks to the hard work of Napier Men­zshed vol­un­teers.

The char­ity part­nered with Cen­tral Hawke's Bay-based Aramoana En­vi­ron­men­tal and Ed­u­ca­tion Char­i­ta­ble Trust (AEECT) and the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (DoC) to build a bird hide for Oue­poto Re­serve, lo­cated within the Te An­giangi Marine Re­serve.

Men­zshed vol­un­teers are known in the com­mu­nity for putting their re­spec­tive tal­ents to use, help­ing other charities by mak­ing pic­nic ta­bles, fur­ni­ture and mend­ing toys.

Over time, it be­came ev­i­dent a cause close to the hearts of lo­cal chap­ter mem­bers was the unique Hawke's Bay bio­di­ver­sity.

“This is why we ap­proached DoC,” says Napier Men­zshed spokesman Paddy Dob­son.

“We wanted to use our skills to do more for con­ser­va­tion. This bird hide is hope­fully the first of many projects we part­ner with DoC on.”

Ear­lier this year Napier Men­zshed started work on the project — first adapt­ing a bird hide plan for the Oue­poto Re­serve from one de­signed by DoC and the Hawke's Bay Re­gional Coun­cil.

Then with ma­te­ri­als do­nated by AEECT — which ad­vo­cates for vis­i­tor fa­cil­i­ties at Te An­giangi like this bird hide — the vol­un­teers worked hard over 13 days un­der the guid­ance of project leader Lyall Henry to com­plete the project.

“We are re­ally happy with the re­sult,” Paddy Dob­son said.

“The men worked well, and we are sur­prised at how quickly we got the project com­pleted.”

DoC ranger and AEECT gen­eral man­ager Rod Hansen said it has been a plea­sure to work with Napier Men­zshed.

“It's three-way part­ner­ships such as this that make projects like this bird hide pos­si­ble,” he says.

“I am just awed by the fin­ished prod­uct. Our keen or­nithol­o­gists will now be able to be with the birds with­out disturbing them.”

The bird hide was trans­ported to Cen­tral Hawke's Bay this week by Be­van Clarke Ma­chin­ery where it will be held by the Aro­moana Trust to be in­stalled over Labour Day week­end in Oc­to­ber.

DoC will pro­vide the in­for­ma­tion sig­nage for the new struc­ture.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Napier Men­zshed vol­un­teers Brian Hat­ton, Paddy Dob­son, Bill Hurry, Gra­ham Aitken, Rus­sel Allerby, Bernie Cottle and Derek Mead with DoC ranger and Aramoana Trust gen­eral man­ager Rod Hansen stand­ing in the brand new bird hide. The bird hide will be...

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