The “Lead Heads”, as they have named themselves, are a passionate group of volunteers who are keen to see the end of old lead nail heads and flashings in buildings which are accessible to kea in the Tasman and Marlborough area.
Headed by longtime kea conservation supporter and Nelsonite Peter Hay, the group were formed in 2019.
Funders and Supporters
- Kea Conservation Trust – Working at Heights Training; safety equipment
- DOC – logistical and in-kind support
- Stu – $1,050 (Give a Little – 100 Miles for Kea Conservation)
How you can help
- We need builders who are certified to work at heights, to join the Lead head crew.
- Funding to support the crews efforts.
April – Caanan Downs, Abel Tasman NP
The inaugural de-leading by the Lead Heads went swimmingly at Canaan Downes in Abel Tasman National Park in April 2019. The crew removed all lead from the wool shed, wood shed and auxiliary buildings on site. Non lead tech screws and flashings were used as replacements for all lead removed.
The Kea Conservation Trust provided funding for the working at heights training courses and purchase of gear. DOC provided tremendous logistical and in kind support. Pete Hay is the awesome coordinator of the Lead Heads (head Lead Head), and he has been instrumental in helping drive this project. It is a great team.
Three kea were seen over the weekend and kea damage was seen on the lead flashings and nails on the buildings. It really justifies the removal of lead from these areas. Fantastic effort guys!
September – Hadfield Clearing, Abel Tasman NP
Janszoon Facebook post 7 September
“Big thanks to the Lead Head volunteers from the Kea Conservation Trust who recently did a shed cleanup and tree planting along with removing around 100 lead nails at the Hadfield Clearing woolshed. They also identified that the old school house near the homestead has around 200 nails that need replacing. Lead nails are an issue with kea, as the birds can get sick from lead poisoning. The Lead Heads are keen to hear from anyone who has a property adjoining the park where owners observe kea interfering with (and possibly injesting) lead fixtures”.