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Mo­tu­tapu back on track

Mo­tu­tapu Is­land suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to its con­ser­va­tion projects fol­low­ing re­cent storm dam­age, par­tic­u­larly Cy­clone Deb­bie, which blocked roads and bridges pre­vent­ing vol­un­teers from vis­it­ing the is­land to do their good work, as well as the pub­lic. The 1509 hectare is­land is home to one of New Zealand’s largest eco­log­i­cal restora­tion projects. To date 100 hectares of na­tive for­est have been planted by Mo­tu­tapu Restora­tion Trust vol­un­teers. It’s also home to some of the coun­try’s rarest na­tive species in­clud­ing the Coro­man­del brown kiwi and sad­dle­backs.

The good news is that fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment from Dole New Zealand has helped to make the nec­es­sary re­pairs and the plant­ing pro­gramme is back on track. In ad­di­tion to mak­ing a fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion to the is­land, Dole New Zealand has com­mit­ted to mak­ing an­nual con­tri­bu­tions of “un­tagged fund­ing”, which gives the Trust and Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion the flex­i­bil­ity to re­spond im­me­di­ately when re­spond­ing to un­pre­dictable events such as storm dam­age or when the plant nurs­ery ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem breaks down. Dole New Zealand is a mem­ber of the Sus­tain­able Busi­ness Net­work and is also Rain­for­est Al­liance cer­ti­fied.

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