Two new trustees, Hans Pendergrast and Sian Bent. More momentum re kiwi releases at Otanewainuku.
The Trust appointed two new trustees at its April meeting. Hans Pendergrast joins the trustees bringing extensive governance experience as well as being, along with his extended family, our neighbour at Otanewainuku. Sian Bent is a recent graduate from Massey specialising in kiwis in her research and she will add good technical skills to both the Trust and to Ops. We would still love to have someone with a tangata whenua background to come onto the Trust.
We are planning a kokako census in the spring. This will allow us to measure how the kokako are doing and will provide a benchmark for future surveys. Fuller details will be provided to the next Trust meeting.
The kiwi project continues to gain momentum. Ops released a pair of kiwi from Southern Whirinaki last month. This was a pair (male and female) that we have taken eggs from during the year. The release was kept low profile to allow them the chance to settle in and they have seemed to have finally settled down after a period of moving around. However just this weekend the male has developed an eye issue that will need to be treated - our luck never quite seems to hold!!! Ops are going down to Southern Whirinaki over the next few weeks to capture more adults to be trans-located over this autumn. Ops also have several other exciting things on the go that will be announced once we have them finalised.
Kiwi monitoring has continued at Warrenheip and coccidia remains an issue that needs monitoring. Te Puke Vets have picked up all the costs of the treatment and their support is much appreciated. Ops have needed to get technical support to understand coccidia and it has proven to be interesting as we have contacted many of the other kiwi projects. It is an issue that all crèches have and we now have extensive knowledge on this issue.
Finances are looking good especially with the announcement last week of a $10k grant from TECT. This is the first time we have applied to TECT and we look forward to developing a long-term relationship with them. Applying for grants is a difficult job and Yvonne Baldock and her team do a wonderful job which the Trust is extremely grateful for.
The Wild Kiwi Clothing Company has come on board as sponsors of the Trust. They have made a cash donation and will donate a portion of sales from their website – have a look at www.wildkiwiclothing.co.nz
and remember that when you buy a portion of the sale comes back to the Trust.
Phil Wells | Chair