first aerial bait drop was carried out successfully on June 24th. After
building up for this over the last 12 months it was a relief to get this
first one completed.
from Orama staff and volunteers we herded the cattle over the hill to
Orama on Sunday. Guy Warwick delivered the bait on Monday which was
unloaded and stored in the garage. The team of five from ARC, Natural
Logic and the computer expert arrived by Great Barrier Airlines at 1pm
on Tuesday as did the truck with the fuel cells and food. Two staff from
D.o.C joined us to help transfer the bait from the 25kg paper bags into
the 500kg loading bags. The helicopter arrived later in the afternoon
with a crew of two loaders and pilot. All stayed overnight in Seaview
Cottage and the D.o.C single quarters and were up at first light on
order of the day was to transfer George Wilson from D.o.C and Jonathon
Boow from ARC to the Broken Islands then a safety briefing for all
participants. Two volunteers from Orama and Gary Winger assisted Dave
Galloway and Rebecca Kemp from the ARC to hand distribute the bait
around the dwellings in Karaka Bay while FitzRoy House staff and Halema
and Hillary from D.o.C hand distributed bait around the buildings here.
Meanwhile the helicopter was busy flying its grid over the peninsula
dropping the Pestoff brodificoum pellets before heading for the Broken
Islands to do the same.
The weather was overcast with very little wind and no rain. We ended up
with two days clear before the rain came. Not ideal as we would have
preferred three days dry but we canít control the weather!
The second drop is planned for approximately three weeks time depending
on the weather.