National Partner: Meridian Energy

The Department of Conservation and Meridian Energy are partnering together to support the Kākāpō Recovery Programme.

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The partnership

Kākāpō are one of New Zealand’s most endangered species, with the total population sitting at around 160 birds. DOC and Meridian Energy have joined forces to support the Kākāpō Recovery Programme, which aims to bring back kākāpō to their former natural range and restore the heartbeat of the land.

This partnership will contribute to the future growth of the kākāpō population, by helping DOC to fund research and pioneer conservation techniques relating to genetics, nutrition, disease managementand finding new sites. It will also help raise awareness of the plight of kākāpō.

Key to the success of this programme is the strength of Meridian’s partnership with Ngāi Tahu, which continues to foster understanding and support of each other’s views and long-term aspirations.

“Kākāpō are treasured by Ngāi Tahu as a taonga species, they are part of our tribal identity and it’s wonderful to see that Meridian values them too,” says Tāne Davis, the Ngāi Tahu appointee to the Kākāpō Recovery Group.

Media release about the partnership 23 June 2016

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