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Kea assisting with work on the kea diversion project

Kea assisting with work on the kea diversion project - photo Drew Hunter

Announcing an exciting new project for kea in your community!

April 2018

Information from the Kea Conservation Trust

The previous kea project was a great success and with minimal funding input we had a number of fantastic outcomes to celebrate in the majority of the key communities involved: Te Anau/Fiordland, Queenstown/Wakatipu, Wanaka/Mt Aspiring, Aoraki/Mt Cook, Lower West Coast (Haast – Hokitika), Upper West Coast (Hokitika – Westport), Arthur’s Pass/Canterbury, Nelson Lakes/Murchison and Motueka/Golden Bay. For outcomes of this project please visit our website Community –Kea Project page -
We are now pleased to announce that we have received 3 years funding from DOC CF for our new project entitled Community – Kea Conservation Initiatives – Growth and Future Proofing ( ). This project will develop local kea working groups in each of the 9 key South Island communities, to increase the depth and breadth of kea conservation work currently being undertaken. Funds raised by the previous project will be utilised and the partnerships developed, to kick start locally owned conservation initiatives and support for kea. We are already pulling together seed funding to help communities initiate these projects.
Along with our new project we have a new addition to the team. Dr Laura Young will be joining myself and Andrea Goodman to extend the reach of the project and to focus on developing locally driven working projects over the next few years. You can find out about each of the team and the communities they will represent at the previous link.
Some of the exciting projects we are looking to initiate this year will include removal of lead in kea and their local communities, monitoring of local kea populations and developing new kea education resources for local schools among others. Each of the projects will be decided on and with local input from each of the communities involved (and as outlined in each of the Project Plans already developed in collaboration with you all over the past 2 years).
Kea Conservation Trust
Ph 0274249594
PO Box 2619,
Queenstown 9349
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