Na­ture-nur­ture at Kaipupu

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - LANDSCAPING - MAIKE VAN DER HEIDE

A wildlife sanc­tu­ary in the Marl­bor­ough Sounds is the lat­est to start nur­tur­ing fu­ture Kiwi guardians.

The Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary will be­come over­run with chil­dren on Sun­day as it joins the Toy­ota Kiwi Guardian pro­gramme, run in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Department of Con­ser­va­tion. Toy­ota Kiwi Guardians is a national out­door ac­tiv­ity pro­gramme de­signed to en­cour­age chil­dren to get out­side and ex­plore the nat­u­ral world.

Chil­dren fol­low a map to find a ‘‘guardian post’’ con­tain­ing a spe­cial code, and take part in a range of na­ture-inspired ac­tiv­i­ties to earn a Kiwi Guardian Medal.

Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary will now be home to its own guardian post. DOC Pic­ton/ Waitohi com­mu­nity ranger Wendy Sul­li­van says Beach­comber Cruises is tak­ing vis­i­tors to the sanc­tu­ary for a gold coin dona­tion, and the trip is al­ready fully booked.

How­ever, peo­ple are able to visit the guardian post any­time they want out­side of Sun­day’s launch trip.

The Tay­lor River Re­serve, in Blen­heim, and Mill Flat in Pine Val­ley, Mount Rich­mond For­est Park are two ex­ist­ing Marl­bor­ough sites on the Toy­ota Kiwi Guardian map which stretches from North­land to Otago.

The pro­gramme also of­fers ath­ome con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties such as track­ing your cat, build­ing a weta mo­tel or cre­at­ing a pest­track­ing tun­nel, to earn more medals.

Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary will now be home to its own guardian post.

This weta mo­tel has va­can­cies.

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