Introduction

Kokako are set to benefit from the kind donation from Blacktop Construction towards track improvement work in the Kaharoa Conservation Area.

Kokako are set to benefit from the kind donation from Blacktop Construction towards track improvement work in the Kaharoa Conservation Area. The access track is used by Kaharoa Kokako Trust (KKT) and DOC to undertake monitoring, pest control and translocation work to aid the kokako recovery both in Kaharoa and nationally.

Blacktop Construction in the Kaharoa.
Blacktop Construction in the Kaharoa.

The work is being undertaken to create easier and safer access to the area. Blacktop Construction has donated over $5000 of gravel towards the project.

While the work of DOC and a road construction company may appear very different, Blacktops intentions are focused on assisting with conservation outcomes.

Simon Everett CEO for Blacktop Construction explains, “Blacktop Construction values a healthy and sustainable environment. We select a number of environmental projects annually to support that contribute towards wider social, economic and conservation goals”.

“When the KKT approached us with the proposal of how we could contribute to the project in the Kaharoa area we were definitely interested. We had heard of the success of the kokako in the area and the work of the KKT and were keen to be involved.”

Johlene Kelly, DOC Rotorua, is delighted with the completed product. “To achieve this work, DOC enlisted a road contractor to undertake the work required. Blacktop Construction kindly donated all the metal required for the project.

“Donations of this type allow for more on the ground conservation work to be achieved and provide a safe working environment with better conditions” explains Johlene.

Anne Managh, chair of the KKT, is thrilled with the donation, “The improvements of the road by DOC with the assistance of Blacktop have made access to the Kaharoa Conservation Area easier. The access track had been deteriorating in recent years and was difficult to negotiate. These improvements enable the Trust to continue the valuable conservation work in the area.”

The Kaharoa Conservation Area is within the rohe of Ngati Rangiwewehi who continue to support the efforts of KKT, DOC and others in working with kokako in the area.

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