The end of the beginning

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– Kiwi release attracts crowd of over 500

TfS member schools Kaipara Flats (left) and Meadowbank School sang waiata for the Manuhiri

The beginning of the Maiaia Restoration Project at Glorit on the Kaipara Harbour eight years ago involved the restoration of 400ha of native bush and salt marsh as well as 900ha of farmland and forestry. It took eight years of pest eradication and native tree planting to restore the habitat to make it suitable for the reintroduction of the North Island Brown Kiwi.

The procession of kiwi in boxes is brought forward

Rob Fenwick (TfS Patron) talks with Prime Minister, John Key

A large crowd attended the second release of kiwi on Friday 11 April, with a strong TfS presence (patrons, sponsors, schools and staff) on hand to appreciate the role that the TfS programme can play in strong partnerships with many others – landowners, schools, councils, suppliers and sponsors, Government and the many organisations working towards a shared goal for a better environment.As well as fighting erosion and improving the flow and quality of waterways, another goal of the TfS programme is improving the biodiversity of the New Zealand environment. This work at Mataia shows the progress that can be made with dedication and widely-based community commitment.

Ruud Kleinpaste (TfS Patron) addresses the gathering

The kiwi received plenty of attention prior to being placed in temporary boxes for release that night

Lisa Poole (Accor Hotels), Rebecca Wihongi (Fonterra) and Kirsty Hardie Boys (TfS Field Officer)

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