Trustees’ input recognised
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.