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Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson today welcomed the extension of the Kākāpō Recovery partnership between DOC, Rio Tinto Alcan New Zealand and Forest & Bird.

Kākāpō recovery is set to continue with the extension of the Kākāpō Recovery partnership
Kākāpō recovery is set to continue with the extension of the Kākāpō Recovery partnership

Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson today welcomed the extension of the long-running Kākāpō Recovery partnership between the Department of Conservation, Rio Tinto Alcan New Zealand and Forest & Bird – signed during Sirocco the kakapo’s debut at Zealandia in Wellington tonight.

“Established in 1990, this is one of DOC’s longest-running conservation partnerships. This extension will see DOC and Rio Tinto continue to work together for the next four years,” Ms Wilkinson said.

“This means a continuation of the Kākāpō Recovery programme’s important work – including running breeding programmes and maintaining predator-proof sanctuaries – and a strengthening of the wild kākāpō population, which has already more than doubled to well over 100 birds since 1990.

“I applaud Rio Tinto’s commitment to this partnership – to date staff have contributed around 880 work days to the programme and, by the end of 2015, Rio Tinto will have provided around $4.75 million to kākāpō recovery.

“This partnership is a great demonstration of just what can be achieved when the Government, the private sector and the community work together toward a shared conservation goal.

“All New Zealanders have a stake in the survival of this iconic parrot, and I look forward to seeing the continued success of the kākāpō recovery programme into the future,” Ms Wilkinson said.

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