Achievements of the Trust

The Trust started its restoration work on Pomona and Rona Islands back in 2006. Since that time, we have faced a number of challenges but have had some memorable achievements along the way. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The Trust has raised more than $350,000 to fund its restoration work on Pomona and Rona
  • Over 370 different volunteers have completed more than 13,000 hours of work on the two islands.
2016 - present time
  • Proud winner of the 2016 Southland Community Environment Achiever award for taking its pest eradication work on Pomona and Rona Islands to new levels.
  • A celebration of ten years of restoration work on Pomona and Rona.
  • Every single kiwi from the 2015/16 Haast tokoeka breeding season was resident on Rona.
  • Mouse numbers on Rona remain at very low levels thanks to an innovative 25m x 50m grid of bait stations.
  • Rat numbers on Pomona are kept at manageable levels following a significant beech mast event. Click here for latest rat capture graph.
  • Robins seen in record numbers on Pomona.
  • Bird numbers on both Pomona and Rona show significant increases. Click here for latest graph.
  • Vegetation plots on Pomona and Rona re re-surveyed after ten years.
  • Last five kilometers of track cut on Pomona.
2010-2015
  • Ten kilometers of track cut to enable safer access for volunteers to service the traps on Pomona.
  • Pomona becomes a permanent home for 19 Haast tokoeka kiwi.
  • Volunteer collectively notched up over 10,000 hours on Pomona and Rona Islands.
  • A combined network of 179 and 72 trap sites established on Pomona.
  • Winner of the 2011 Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Award for "Protecting our biodiversity".
  • 41 critically endangered Haast tokoeka chicks call Rona their temporary home.
  • A female Woodworthia 'Otago large' gecko discovered on Rona.
  • 42 mohua released onto Pomona Island.
  • International profile of the Trust's work enhanced through presentations at the 2010 Island Invasives Conference in Auckland.
2005-2009
  • 86 robins released onto Pomona and Rona Islands.
  • Southland Trailer Yacht Squadron adopt the trap line on the mainland opposite Pomona.
  • Rona becomes a kiwi crèche site for the critically endangered Haast tokoeka and temporary home to 34 kiwi chicks.
  • Winner of the 2008 Environment Southland Community Group award.
  • Friends of Pomona launched along with the new look newsletter Pomona Post.
  • Aerial poison operation successfully completed to eradicate rodents from Pomona and Rona Islands in 2007.
  • All deer and possums successfully eradicated from Pomona Island.
  • Trust established in July 2005 with the aim of eradicating all pest species from Pomona Island and restoring it to its natural state.
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Achievements of the Trust

The Trust started its restoration work on Pomona and Rona Islands back in 2006. Since that time, we have faced a number of challenges but have had some memorable achievements along the way. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The Trust has raised more than $350,000 to fund its restoration work on Pomona and Rona
  • Over 370 different volunteers have completed more than 13,000 hours of work on the two islands.
2016 - present time
  • Proud winner of the 2016 Southland Community Environment Achiever award for taking its pest eradication work on Pomona and Rona Islands to new levels.
  • A celebration of ten years of restoration work on Pomona and Rona.
  • Every single kiwi from the 2015/16 Haast tokoeka breeding season was resident on Rona.
  • Mouse numbers on Rona remain at very low levels thanks to an innovative 25m x 50m grid of bait stations.
  • Rat numbers on Pomona are kept at manageable levels following a significant beech mast event. Click here for latest rat capture graph.
  • Robins seen in record numbers on Pomona.
  • Bird numbers on both Pomona and Rona show significant increases. Click here for latest graph.
  • Vegetation plots on Pomona and Rona re re-surveyed after ten years.
  • Last five kilometers of track cut on Pomona.
2010-2015
  • Ten kilometers of track cut to enable safer access for volunteers to service the traps on Pomona.
  • Pomona becomes a permanent home for 19 Haast tokoeka kiwi.
  • Volunteer collectively notched up over 10,000 hours on Pomona and Rona Islands.
  • A combined network of 179 and 72 trap sites established on Pomona.
  • Winner of the 2011 Ministry for the Environment Green Ribbon Award for "Protecting our biodiversity".
  • 41 critically endangered Haast tokoeka chicks call Rona their temporary home.
  • A female Woodworthia 'Otago large' gecko discovered on Rona.
  • 42 mohua released onto Pomona Island.
  • International profile of the Trust's work enhanced through presentations at the 2010 Island Invasives Conference in Auckland.
2005-2009
  • 86 robins released onto Pomona and Rona Islands.
  • Southland Trailer Yacht Squadron adopt the trap line on the mainland opposite Pomona.
  • Rona becomes a kiwi crèche site for the critically endangered Haast tokoeka and temporary home to 34 kiwi chicks.
  • Winner of the 2008 Environment Southland Community Group award.
  • Friends of Pomona launched along with the new look newsletter Pomona Post.
  • Aerial poison operation successfully completed to eradicate rodents from Pomona and Rona Islands in 2007.
  • All deer and possums successfully eradicated from Pomona Island.
  • Trust established in July 2005 with the aim of eradicating all pest species from Pomona Island and restoring it to its natural state.
Photo: Barry Harcourt
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