Oruawharo Medlands Ecovision (OME)



Oruawharo Bay is located on the Eastern coast of Great Barrier Island. It is a small settlement, centred around a long white sandy surf beach named Medlands. In 2018, a handful of local residents formed “Oruawharo Medlands Ecovision” (OME) a biodiversity focused ecological restoration project. This was achieved with the guidance and support of the Aotea Ecology Vision.

The main goal of the project is to enhance and protect the biodiversity and ecosystems in the area including the beach, sand dunes, waterways, wetlands and the gardens of local properties. A primary outcome is to supress rodent numbers so that predation of vulnerable species will hopefully be reduced, leading to a higher success rate and variety of breeding birds. Pest damage around local dwellings should decline and it is hoped that the local community will be involved by way of pest control on private properties. Funding was received in 2019 from the Aotea Great Barrier Local Board to implement a community rat trapping program, and this is now up and running with weekly checking of the traps and regular monitoring to assess the success of the program. For the purpose of analysis, all results are entered into a database called TrapNZ. The map below shows the location of traps within the OME project area (including some on private properties).


(red dots = trap locations)

In addition to the trapping program, OME has begun investigating ecologically significant sites including the Oruawharo Stream at the South end of the beach and the wetland area in behind the houses at the Northern end. These are areas that the group believe would benefit from restoration projects including replanting, weed suppression, water quality monitoring and further pest control


OME welcomes anyone interested in receiving their regular newsletters or who wishes to become involved by way of helping out with project work, community planting days etc to contact them via email You can also like and follow their Facebook Page “Oruawharo Medlands Ecovision“ to stay up to date with activities.


Contact Annamarie Clough 022 492 8359 or Lotte McIntyre 029 770 5111 for any enquiries or Email: