Nature-nurture at Kaipupu
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.