Trus­tees’ in­put recog­nised

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Two re­cently re­tired Maun­gatau­tari Trust trus­tees had their work recog­nised last week by Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil.

For­mer South Waikato mayor and farmer Gor­don Blake and Waotu farmer Gor­don Stephen­son had re­ally put their hearts into the Maun­gatau­tari Eco­log­i­cal Is­land project, coun­cil chair­man Peter Buck­ley said.

The Maun­gatau­tari Eco­log­i­cal Is­land is sur­rounded by 47 kilo­me­tres of preda­tor­proof fence and cre­ates a haven for the likes of na­tive birds, in­cluded kaka and kiwi, and re­cently tu­atara.

Mr Blake had been a ‘‘real mover and shaker, es­pe­cially in help­ing the project ob­tain cen­tral Gov­ern­ment sup­port’’, while Mr Stephen­son had been a ‘‘leg­end’’ in the en­ergy he had put into Maun­gatau­tari and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion gen­er­ally.

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