Ahi Pepe | MothNet heads north
Students and teachers from at least nine kura kaupapa schools across New Zealand gathered at Pūtiki Marae in Whānganui last week for Ahi Pepe | MothNet’s first North Island camp.
The students, from schools in Invercargill to Hamilton, spent 5 days with project leader Dr Barbara Anderson and the wider team, learning about the importance of moths in New Zealand, and how to run their own Ahi Pepe experiment back at their school.
Over the course of the week, students set out and collected moth traps in Whānganui’s Bushy Park Sanctuary. These were brought back to the marae to be identified and released.
The group also looked at the effects of predator-proof fences on moth populations by placing their moth traps and tracking tunnels both inside and outside the sanctuary.