Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Auckland landowners praised for conservation efforts

21 November 2012

Landowners praised for conservation efforts

Business and private landowners in Rodney are being praised for their role in protecting Auckland’s only native frog.

A recent survey of the Hochstetters frog in streambeds around Dome Valley and Warkworth found a population of 41. This significant find will be crucial to conservation work for this threatened species.

Hochsetters frogs are vulnerable to predation by rats, cats and mustelids such as stoats. They are also under threat from habitat loss.

Auckland Council ecologists working on the survey say the voluntary help of landowners has been crucial to their work. Rayonier Matariki Forests – one of the largest forestry companies in the country – was among the volunteers.

“In order for us to protect this species, the only native frog found naturally in our region, we need to be able to find out more about them,” says Environmental Services Manager Janis McArdle.

“Property boundaries mean nothing to frogs, so we want to thank the property owners who allowed us access to their properties for our survey work.”

In many cases, landowners have become very active in helping the frogs. Some are voluntarily protecting stream habitat by retaining native vegetation in a buffer strip along the stream edge. Some have been fencing streams to prevent stock access.

This work will have a significant impact on the long-term survival of these tiny and vulnerable creatures.

“Biodiversity is incredibly important to our region. We hope to continue frog surveys and working with landowners to improve our understanding of this wonderful and unique species."

Hochstetters frogs found between Waipu and Moir Hill are genetically different to those in the Waitakere and Hunua Ranges.

They are the rarest and the most at risk of extinction due to the risk of significant habitat loss.

Hochsetter’s frog
• The Hochstetters frog is a threatened endemic species and belongs to an ancient group of frogs.

• The frog is small - up to 48mm. It is also nocturnal, well-camouflaged, and unlike introduced species they squeak rather than croak.

• NZ has four species of native Leiopelma frogs. The Hochstetters frog is the most widespread but their actual distribution and numbers are not well known.

• Frog numbers are declining everywhere in the world. Frogs are very sensitive to changes in their environment and for this reason they are used as a barometer of ecosystem health.

• If the public finds native, frogs they can report their sightings to Auckland Council on 301 0101 or the Department of Conservation.

• People should avoid handling frogs as they may damage the frog’s sensitive skin.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.

Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.

Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. More>>

.

 
 

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Review Team Named, Leadership Campaign Starts

Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban.

ALSO:

Roy Morgan Poll: National Slips, Labour Hits Lows

The first New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll since the NZ Election shows National 43.5% (down 3.54% since the September 20 Election). This isn’t unusual, National support has dropped after each of John Key’s Election victories... However, support for the main opposition Labour Party has crashed to 22.5% (down 2.63% and the lowest support for Labour since the 1914 NZ Election as United Labour). More>>

ALSO:

In On First Round: New Zealand Wins Security Council Seat

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed New Zealand securing a place on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. More>>

ALSO:

TPP Leak: Intellectual Property Text Confirms Risk - Jane Kelsey

The US is continuing its assault on generic medicines through numerous proposed changes to patent laws. ‘These are bound to impact on Pharmac if they are accepted’, according to Professor Kelsey... Copyright is another area of ongoing sensitivity... More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith Plans Reform To Ease Urban Development

Newly appointed Environment Minister Nick Smith has announced Resource Management Act reform to foster urban development, where high land prices and expensive resource consents are blocking efforts to provide affordable housing. More>>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news