Spring Into Summer Talk Series - All About Kiwi Coast

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Ngaire Tyson and Malcolm Pullman will present an illustrated talk about the Kiwi Coast project which helps local communities save kiwi and other native bird populations along Northland's east coast.

Kiwi Coast began 4 years ago as an initiative to help join the red dots on conservation maps that represented the remnant kiwi populations struggling to survive on private land in Northland. Today and without much fanfare, the Kiwi Coast represents 94 separate contributing organisations, has a north to south spread of 291 kilometres and carries out pest control over more than 130,000 hectares. Since it began, Kiwi Coast has contributed to the removal of nearly 170,000 animal pests from Northland and re-introduced kiwi to a number of now protected sites.

What started as several small groups doing their bit to control predators and educate the public about the threat to our unique native wildlife has grown through trapping workshops, kiwi releases, and inter agency support to be the country’s largest co-ordinated community pest control project.

Ngaire Tyson has been at the forefront of this kiwi crusade, using her skills as a community co ordinator for the Landcare Trust, guided by an informal Think Tank of conservation enthusiasts, forestry managers, iwi representatives, ecologists and local body officers. Her aim is to support and enable communities to look after their patch so that Northland brown kiwi can thrive and roam in safety and are here for generations to come.

Malcolm Pullman is a journalist who turned to full time photography when he moved back to the family farm at Sandy Bay with is ecologist wife Nan. He has developed a love of wildlife photography which has seen his images published in many magazines, books and even as a postage stamp.

Kiwi Coast have used his photos extensively in building the organisation’s profile and in making the emotional connection that has helped engage so many groups and individuals in practical conservation work.

After all, kiwi should have the right of passage in their own back yard. Audience question-time will follow this discussion.

Registration essential - spaces strictly limited.

Register by: - Email to libraryevents@wdc.govt.nz - Phone - 09 430 4206 - Visit any branch of Whangarei Libraries.

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LocationWhangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei
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Cost $2.00 Gold coin
RestrictionsAll Ages

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Address5 Rust Avenue
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