US Embassy helps to bring Kapiti Island history to life
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IntroductionNew information panels, provided with support from the US embassy, have been unveiled on Kapiti Island.
Date: 19 April 2016
Unveiling new information panels on Kapiti Island
Kapiti Island Nature Reserve is unveiling new information panels with the help of the US Embassy. The panels highlight whaling and conservation history, and hihi (stitchbird) conservation work on the island.
Kapiti Island, one of New Zealand’s most important island sanctuaries, has been predator-free since 1998. It is home to many native species that are either rare or absent from the mainland. The island also has a rich history and these new signs are a step to sharing more Kapiti Island stories with visitors.
“This has been a really exciting project helping to bring some Kapiti stories to life. We’re looking forward to working with iwi and other partners to showcase more of the island’s history and amazing wildlife,” says DOC spokeswoman Amy Brasch.
The unveiling of the panels ties in with the year-long celebration of 100th anniversary of the establishment of United States national parks. The Embassy has been actively involved with planning and funding conservation projects around the greater Wellington region.
“The US Embassy is working closely with the [US] National Parks Service and New Zealand’s Department of Conservation to spread the word about the amazing places they manage. There are so many inspirational stories associated with both our nation’s parks. They are beautiful natural resources and we need to protect them, and our diverse cultural heritage,” says US Ambassador Gilbert.
Amy Brasch, Ranger Supervisor, Community
DOC Kapiti Wellington District Office
Phone: + 64 4 470 8434