Welcome to the Fiordland Conservation Trust, est. 2007
The Fiordland Conservation Trust is a community-driven initiative supporting conservation projects in Fiordland, Southland and New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands.
The conservation jigsaw puzzle
Each project is a jigsaw piece that fits properly into the big picture, a picture that is turning from a flat 2 dimensional postcard picture into a 3D future of sounds, movement, footprints - tieke, mohua, kakaruai, pateke, whio, kakapo, pekapeka-tou-roa, oligosoma pikitanga - just some of the birds, bats and skinks that are no longer a fragment of a guiltily ignorant past but are a vibrant part of a regenerating and sustainable future.
For further information about the Trust, go to About Us.
The latest news:
Kids Restore the Kepler:
The kids are faced with a big challenge
Cats have been caught on camera entering Fiordland National Park confirming the suspicion that cats are using the Te Anau Control Gates to gain access to the Kepler. http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/kids-restoring-the-kepler-discover-cats-at-park-entrance/
Website update for the kids
The kids have updated their website and it's definitely worth taking a look.
Go to www.kidsrestorethekepler.co.nz.
The work has been completed to coincide with the 3 day virtual field trip held on 21-23 May, that focussed on the Kepler project. Fiordland students, with help from Ruud Kleinpaste, NZ's 'bugman' and Kids Restore NZ trustee, have been taking students from all over NZ out onto the Kepler via LEARNZ, an online educational site.
Indian Island becomes home to 70 South Island robin/toutouwai
The news and the noise from Dusky Sound's Indian Island sounds sweeter and louder as each year goes by. With the first ever release of a native species back onto the island, there is a sense of celebration amongst the project team.
- Read more by scrolling down to the NEWS on the Indian Island Project page.
- Check out our Facebook page for 'almost as good as being there' images.
- And view some very cool footage on youtube.
Fiordland Conservation Trust newsletter: Jigsaw - March 2013
Check out the latest news about the work being managed by the Trust, enabled by the generous donations of the public and by the Trust's incredibly committed sponsors, who range from local businesses to international visitors.
Great News for Fiordland Conservation Trust
Fiordland Conservation Trust is really pleased to announce that Greg Hay of Peregrine Wines has agreed to take on the role of Patron of the Trust. This follows the resignation of John Davies from the position. The Trust extends its gratitude to John especially for the work done in the challenging setting up phase of the Trust.
Kids Restore the Kepler:
The Kepler Backyard Birdsong project is about restoring the birdsong (along with other native inhabitants such as long-tailed bats and yellow mistletoe). To know if we are making progress we need to have a baseline report that tells us where things are at now. Jo Whitehead of Restoration SolutioNZ was contracted to do just that. Find her excellent and very readable report on the Kids Restore the Kepler project page.
Kids Restore the Kepler:
The pests don't stand a chance on the Kepler Peninsula. Even during the school holidays, the kids were restoring the Kepler.
Check out their website www.kidsrestorethekepler.org.nz
Our website has been updated.
We are really grateful to the Meridian Manapouri Te Anau Community Fund for funding the work on updating our website. It is now a content managed site and we hope to keep it as up to date as it can be. Further developments will be undertaken as funding allows.
Our latest newsletter is now available online.
Kiwi kid experiences the ultimate play date
Six Haast tokaeka/ kiwi, currently residing on an Island in Lake Te Anau, were given a health check at the end of October helped by Lilli Hiatt - the winner of the ‘Cuddle a kiwi’ competition.
Organized by 'Kids Restore the Kepler' with support from the Department of Conservation, four year old Lilli and her mum discovered that far from docile cuddly creatures, kiwi need a strong firm hand.
Read more in the News section of the kids' website, www.kidsrestorethekepler.co.nz.
Fiordland coastal clean-up: 22-26 October
Volunteers and sponsors worked extremely hard in sometimes challenging weather conditions during the coastal clean-up from 22-26 October. The cost per volunteer was $300, with numerous sponsors in partnership with the Department of Conservation feeding, transporting and housing everyone involved. The other entry criteria? Fit and able. It was a tough 3-4 days.
Te Anau's Kids Restore the Kepler project receives huge boost
A further donation of $100,000 towards the project was announced by Kids Restore New Zealand, a subsidiary of the Air New Zealand Environment Trust. “Kids Restore New Zealand is so impressed, we wanted to ensure that the project continues with the same degree of enthusiasm,” Trustee Ruud Kleinpaste said.
Read more news at KRTK news archives.
For more information about this current, active project, go to Kids Restore the Kepler.
Our first island Pest Eradication project - Indian Island - declared a success
The Fiordland Conservation Trust and former Fiordland business owners Ruth Dalley and Lance Shaw, with help from supporting funders, have successfully eradicated rats and mice, the last remaining pests on Indian Island in Dusky Sound. Rachel Cockburn, Trust manager, said, "this project is very special to the Trust, as it's the first Island pest eradication project we have undertaken". Read more news at Indian Island news archives.
For more information about this current, active project, go to Indian Island.
Trips & Tramps adopt the Milford Trapping Network Project
It is with much pleasure and not just for us that the Fiordland Conservation Trust announces a new relationship with local guiding company, Trips & Tramps, who are taking charge of and actively managing the Cleddau delta and Milford township trapping networks. Read more at Milford Trapping Network Project.