Pukemokemoke inspires students

Frodo oversees one of the activities…

Frodo the morepork, a hive of bees, a tree-climbing demo and talks from young biodiversity enthusiasts made for a great day out for 60 youngsters recently.

The occasion was the Pukemokemoke Youth Biodiversity Day, an event hosted by the Waikato Biodiversity Forum and held at our very own Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve.

“The bush reserve was the perfect venue for a day of talks from young people who work with native biodiversity,” says Waikato University’s Catherine Kirby, who helped organise the event.

Students from Waikato University’s School of Science, local highschools and home school groups were involved in the event which was tipped as the first-ever youth-focused biodiversity event of its type in the region.

The focus for the day was promoting interest in local flora and fauna and inspiring students to pursue careers in conservation.

Speakers included staff and volunteers from Waikato Regional Council, Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter, Waikato University, Unmask Palm Oil, Wingspan and Plant and Food.

“The Waikato Biodiversity Forum would like to thank the Friends of Pukemokemoke for allowing the event to be hosted in their stunning reserve.  It provided the perfect mix of open space and forest canopy for a great outdoor experience!”

Here’s a few pics from the day –


Waikato Biodiversity Forum

Group of students

Click here for some cool pictures of Pukemokemoke’s fauna and flora. 


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Number 8 Network - a community website for the rural areas northeast of Hamilton, NZ, is run by Gordonton journalist/editor Annette Taylor.

3 thoughts on “Pukemokemoke inspires students

  • April 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    This little story and those brilliant pictures are what I love about N8N…..you do fantastic justice to a beautiful, stunning world as it is microcosmed (is that a word?) in the Pukemokemoke bush.. Well done Annette and David!

    • May 1, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Thank you very much Mr Leadley, your enthusiasm and dedication to all things is equally appreciated!

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