Takahe¯ Rescue, with Mitre 10
For almost eight years Mitre 10 has worked with DoC to ensure the continuing survival of the takahe.¯
Since 2005 Mitre 10 has invested more than half a million dollars in the Department of Conservation’s (DoC) Takahe¯ Recovery Programme. The company last year signed a fresh agreement for another three years, which will see them doubling their annual financial contribution and taking an even greater role in building takahe¯ awareness and appreciation.
Over the years support from Mitre 10, via Mitre 10 Takahe¯ Rescue, has allowed the Takahe¯ Recovery Programme to upgrade and build new breeding units and safe homes, enhance monitoring and control of takahe¯ predators, transfer birds to offshore islands and predator-free sites and purchase much-needed health and maintenance materials.
Mitre 10 staff even tramped into the snowbound Murchison Mountains carrying traps to help suppress the stoats that prey on these precious birds. Mitre 10 water piping suppliers Hydroflow has assisted with the water supply system at the Burwood Takahe¯ Rearing Unit and ‘Mitre 10 Easy As’ front man Stan has helped build culverts to keep predators out.
Mitre 10 staff are also regular volunteers at the releases of takahe¯. So far birds have been successfully translocated to five predator-free offshore islands: Tiritiri Matangi, Kapiti, Maud, Mana and Motutapu, as well as to seven predator free sites: Christchurch’s Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, , Dunedin’s Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Wellington’s Zealandia centre, the Te Anau and Mt Bruce wildlife centres, the Maungatautari Ecological Island and the Cape Sanctuary at Cape Kidnappers in the Hawkes Bay.
Martin Genet, Department of Conservation Takahe¯ programme supervisor, said: “Mitre 10 has been our primary partner for the last eight years. They have helped us with the construction of pens and incubators and as a result we have raised a whole lot more birds.”
Mitre 10 Chairman Martin Dippie has had the chance to get up close and personal with the takahe¯ .
“Helping DoC with the translocations and in establishing new habitats for the birds has been fantastic,” he says. “I helped lay stoat traps with DoC in the snow, helped build pens and watched the released birds in their new habitat. It was exciting to help in establishing a breeding ground for such a rare bird.
“Our local stores are also getting behind the recovery programme and volunteering which is great to see as it has built a great sense of local ownership. Mitre 10 is a kiwi company so this project to save a unique part of New Zealand is something we are proud to dedicate our time and energy to.”