Nelson’s conservation culture grows


Two of the regions conservation trusts have banded together to bring Kaka right to our doorstep.

Natureland Wildlife Trust and the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formally signify a new partnership aiming to to breed, raise and release kaka and other native birds back into the region.

General Manager of the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust, Hudson Dodd thinks the two organisations will ‘dovetail nicely’.

“The Brook Sanctuary’s plans for a captive breeding program for kaka dovetail nicely with Natureland’s objectives. Natureland’s recent Zoo Aquarium Association (ZAA) accreditation for creating an environment where animals thrive is a strong endorsement, and we look forward to benefiting from their expertise in animal husbandry.

“Between the two sites we’ll be able to significantly contribute to the populations of iconic birds like the kaka, as well as reintroducing other species to various locations across the Top of the South.”

Natureland Wildlife Trust will use newly built aviaries to establish a kaka breeding programme. The young birds will then be transferred to the Brook Sanctuary before their eventual release into the wild.

Natureland trustee and operator Meg Rutledge says the best conservation comes from teamwork and Natureland are proud to sign the MoU.

“It’s a positive step towards making our organisations more beneficial, more accessible and more visible for locals, tourists and even more importantly, for our native flora and fauna,” says Meg.

“Combined with our joint experience in creating positive human-wildlife interactions, Natureland and the Sanctuary can expand our achievements far beyond our physical boundaries. That’s really exciting.”

The new Kaka aviaries will be open for public viewing on June 21 if you want to get a closer look at the somewhat mischievous native birds.