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The journey to restore our precious natural environment can start at home.


We’d love to hear about your experience with Hibiscus & Bays local biodiversity and pest management.

Restore Hibiscus & Bays is a community-led initiative that aims to bring together, empower and grow the network of groups, projects, neighbourhoods, individuals, schools, businesses and other organisations working to eradicate pests, restore and protect native habitats and improve water quality across the East Coast Bays and Hibiscus Coast.

We invite you to complete a short online survey to explore the perceptions and sentiment within your local community around biodiversity and pest management.

Please click here to start the survey. Or copy and paste the link into your internet browser – https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6757664/Restore-Hibiscus-Bays-survey

Completing the survey will take 10-15 minutes.

Restore Hibiscus & Bays has several initiatives underway to:

  • Inspire, encourage and educate more people to actively engage, participate and value healthy nature
  • Raise awareness across diverse communities of introduced pests and their impact on our unique biodiversity, to encourage backyard action.

Your information will inform our project and communications planning, monitoring and reporting in your community. The survey will be repeated annually to track changes over time.

All information collected will be confidential. You can enter a prize draw for a Restore Hibiscus T-shirt and hat at the end of this survey.

The survey is being run by Malatest International on our behalf. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Clair Miao at clair.miao@malatest-intl.com.

If you want to know more about Restore Hibiscus & Bays please explore our website or get in touch by emailing: info@restorehb.org.nz

The survey closes on 20 August 2022.

In order to remove your backyard weeds, look through our pest plant resources to get the information you need. Make a plan for what to tackle first – start with those pest plants that you have least of but that are a high threat to our native ecology. This will be a quick win for the environment. Take some photos and email us at info@restorehb.org.nz if you would like advice on this.

Applying herbicide gel to cut Arum Lily at Torbay Heights Reserve.

You will need a hand saw and gloves, and ideally the appropriate herbicide gel for the weed type. Follow our health and safety guidance, as well as the guidelines on the bottle. 

Document your progress! Photos are good – before and after.

Plan what you’d like to plant in your garden during the winter to replace the areas of weeds and to restore native biodiversity. If you’re interested in growing native plants from seed, you can collect seed from your nearby reserve.

You may also want to set a rat trap or bait station in your backyard to provide a safe haven for nesting native birds and other wildlife. Together, as a community of backyard trappers, we can provide defence for our significant ecological areas. You can use chew cards, monitoring tunnels and wax tags to find where pests are present and to help inform the specific location and placement of bait stations and traps. You can use apps such as Trap.NZ to report your catches or bait taken. Look up ‘RestoreHB’ or another project name to add your data to the multiple groups and projects within our network. Let us know at predators@restorehb.org.nz if you need any help with this.

Wetland Warriors setting up a monitoring tunnel and trail camera. Photo by Mary Stewart.

Borrow traps, bait, bait stations, herbicides, composting pest plant bags, and other equipment from our community tool libraries in Browns Bay and Whangaparaoa, or contact your local project coordinator or group leader.

To meet other environmentally-minded people in our community and learn more about our groups and projects and how to get involved, join us at our bimonthly network hui. Everyone welcome!