The Department of Conservation’s efforts to protect native species in the Mount Aspiring National Park’s West Matukituki Valley have received a funding boost from a local business.
Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds Ltd has offered to sponsor an operations manager to assist the work being carried out by the Matukituki Charitable Trust over the next two years.
Trustee Gillian Crombie with DOC Chris
Sydney and new Trust Operations
Manager Paul Hellebrekers
The joint Matukituki Valley Protection project between the Matukituki Charitable Trust and the Department of Conservation aims to reduce pest numbers in the valley to benefit threatened native wildlife.
Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds (SHPG) Ltd Chairman, Tom Elworthy, said the company was delighted to be able to continue to support projects in the Matukituki Valley.
“This is something we started in partnership with DOC in 2008 with a project to reintroduce the South Island robin to the valley. This next project, to control stoats, ferrets and possum is of even more importance. SHPG will continue to support projects such as this in the Wanaka area and congratulate the Trust on taking this initiative.”
Trustee Gillian Crombie said, "The operations management role has been established to coordinate the logistics and delivery of various activities the Trust is undertaking, including trap installation, monitoring, maintenance and volunteer support.
"The Trust is pleased that Paul Hellebrekers has accepted the role as foundation operations manager. SHPG sponsorship of this role adds greatly to the Trust's ability to deliver its objectives in a timely and efficient manner. It is hoped the project will eventually be part of a larger animal pest control project covering the Matukituki catchment."
“Quite simply, SHPG generous sponsorship will assist in enabling the Trust to deliver the programme and achieve their goals earlier,” said Chris Sydney, Conservation Services Manager, Wanaka.