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.