Posted in cat, conservation, Department of Conservation, doc, ecological, environment, Inspiration, island, kakapo, kokako, mohua, nature, new zealand, nz, possum, rat, Saddleback, Stewart Island, teal, trust, video, wildlife on March 12, 2008|
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$35m plan to rid island of rats and feral cats – 11 Mar 2008 – NZ Herald: New Zealand and International environment and global warming news
oil painting of South island Tomtit by Peter Jean Caley
Stewart Island interests are considering an ambitious $35 million proposal to eradicate rats, wild cats and possums from the island.
The proposal has initial support from parts of the community but is likely to be vehemently opposed by deer hunters. It includes a predator fence around the settlement of Oban and plans for widespread aerial poison drops.
Described as New Zealand’s biggest conservation project, it aims to “make Stewart Island the Galapagos of the South”.
Copies of the proposal have been given to community groups and key “stakeholders” before a public meeting on April 3.
The “draft feasibility study” has been prepared by the Stewart Island/Rakiura Community and Environment Trust, with support from the Department of Conservation and the Tindall Foundation.
Proposed “border control” measures could include teams of rodent-checking dogs monitoring departures from Bluff and Invercargill and arrivals on the island.
It is hoped bird species such as kakapo, saddleback, mohua, kokako and teal may eventually be reintroduced to Stewart Island.
update: tv3 video of the same story
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Posted in bird, birds, cat, conservation, Department of Conservation, doc, Dunedin, ecological, environment, extinction, Inspiration, island, new zealand, nz, Penguin, south island, trust, tv3, video, wildlife, Yellow-eyed Penguin on November 28, 2007|
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The country’s newest public reserve has opened on the Catlins coast, to provide a safe haven for the endangered Yellow-eyed penguin.
The Department of Conservation has teamed up with a community trust to create a long strip of protected coastline, about two hours south of Dunedin.
This remote area on the Catlins coast is one of the main habitats of the Yellow-eyed penguin.
And now DOC – together with the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust – have bought 50 hectares of coastal farmland, effectively creating a 12 kilometre reserve along the Southern Ocean.
New Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick planted a Rata tree to celebrate the occasion.
It is expected to be the first of many planted here as part of a reforestation project, to help the penguins feel more at home.
“Until we put vegetation around these sorts of coastal margins that encourages them to come in and breed, we’re at peril of losing more and more of them,” Chadwick says.
This 12 kilometre stretch of coastline is home to around 50 breeding pairs, that’s 10percent of the Yellow-eyed penguin population in the South Island.
The penguins have coped relatively well in the isolated area, but plans to add fences and undertake predator control work will help improve their chances or survival.
Sea birds could also be reintroduced into the country’s newest public reserve, which DOC describes as a good investment for generations of New Zealanders.
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Posted in bird, birds, conservation, Dunedin, ecological, Inspiration, nature, new zealand, Penguin, south island, sponsorship, sustainability, trust, wildlife, Yellow-eyed Penguin on October 10, 2007|
Scoop: Vodafone gets in behind the Yellow-eyed Penguins
Vodafone and Run The Red are excited to announce Donatelive! a new service which is the first of its kind in New Zealand. The service enables customers with Vodafone live! capable handsets to donate to the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.
Users can donate $3, $5 or $9 and in return will receive multimedia content downloaded directly to their phone. Content includes Yellow-eyed penguin ringtones, screensavers and videos. Vodafone will pass on 100% of the donation to the charity.
Customers can also see information on Vodafone live! about the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust and the work they are doing to save one of our national treasures.
This new initiative is launching to the public on October 11 in conjunction with the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust’s 20th Anniversary. The service has been created by the 2007 Graduates as part of the Vodafone Graduate Programme and will be available for an initial three month period. full press release
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Posted in Aotearoa, bird, birds, chick, conservation, ecological, environment, Inspiration, nature, new zealand, nz, Penguin, sponsorship, sustainability, trust, wildernesses, wildlife on September 14, 2007|
Scoop: Mainland — 18 Years of Supporting Penguins
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Mainland has been a major sponsor of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust since 1989. The association has become far more than just another sponsorship arrangement and is thought to be one of the longest standing relationships between a corporate and a wildlife organisation anywhere in the world, making it very unique.
In addition to the huge financial contributions, Mainland has invested a substantial amount of resource into raising the profile of the Trust and the plight of the yellow-eyed penguin. Mainland devoted significant resource in television commercials featuring Roy – an icon synonymous with Mainland in the 80s and early 90s – and a yellow-eyed penguin, demonstrating Mainland’s further commitment to the cause. full media release
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