Nine project plans which aim to directly involve and support community action for kea conservation initiatives, are in the process of being developed throughout the South Island.
Project plans can be downloaded for the following areas:
Te Anau – Fiordland; Queenstown and Surrounds; Wanaka – Mt Aspiring; Lower West Coast (Haast – Okarito); Aoraki/Mt Cook; Upper West Coast (Hokitika – Westport); Nelson Lakes – Murchison; Arthur’s Pass – Canterbury and, Motueka – Golden Bay.
Each of these areas have been identified as having resident populations of kea which are struggling to survive as a direct result of human practices. The aim of the community projects is to find long-term solutions which enable kea populations to thrive, conflict free, alongside South Island communities (click on the map on the right to view each area).
Who’s helping their local kea?
The following individuals, groups and companies have joined the kea revolution and are putting their money where their mouths are by driving, funding and facilitating some great kea projects around the country. We encourage you to support them in their efforts and please share around!
Lower West Coast (Haast – Okarito)
- SkyDive Franz – Skydive Franz, an adventure tourism operator located in Franz Josef and the Kea Conservation
Trust have a three-year partnership (Dec 2015 – Nov 2018) which will see the skydive company help fund and promote ongoing research and conservation work. The first people to try out the rebranded 19,000 ft KEA JUMP, the highest tandem skydive in NZ, was Labour Leader, Andrew Little and our very own Corey Mosen, KCT Field Coordinator.
We are now looking for volunteers who would like to fundraise for us by Skydiving for Kea. The sky dive is being provided by SkyDive Franz for free and you will be required to set up a ‘Give a Little’ page and raise a minimum amount in order to jump. Please private message us for more information. To date over $7,000 has been raised for West Coast kea!!!! Thanks Skydive Franz for supporting kea conservation!!
Arthur’s Pass – Canterbury
- Arthur’s Pass Kea Conservation Project – developed by two volunteer kea enthusiasts, Dr Laura Young and Mark Brabyn, this project provides opportunities for everyone to get involved in saving Arthurs Pass kea! Visit their Give a Little page and help make this project a success! Over $40,000 has been raised to date to support this fantastic intiative!
- 2017 Kea Konvention – Arthur’s Pass hosted the first Kea Konvention in the village on the weekend of the 29-30 April. This exciting event brought together kea enthusiasts from around the country and was sponsored by FMC and supported by DOC Arthur’s Pass and the Arthur’s Pass Wildlife Trust.
- Canterbury Ski fields – all of the Canterbury ski fields have KCT donation boxes on site collecting donations from their visitors during the winter season. This is a fantastic annual effort from Porter Heights, Mt Hutt, Temple Basin, Craigeburn, Cheeseman, Broken River and Mt Olympus.
- Global Kea – Is a Christchurch company dedicated to producing an environmentally friendly range of coffee cups and packaging with an image of our wonderful kea on the front. $10 from every box of disposable coffee cups sold goes to support the Kea Conservation Trust projects and as a result will directly benefit kea in areas such as Arthur’s Pass.
Queenstown and Surrounds
- Vet Ent Queenstown and the Kiwi Birdlife Park – a collaboration to treat lead poisoned and injured kea from Southland, Otago and Westland.
- The Rees Hotel – the hotel launched its Gilbert the kea mascot programme – raising funds for kea conservation in the Wakatipu area. Over $400 has been raised to date.
Wanaka – Mt Aspiring NP
- Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund (AZCF) – the zoo is funding monitoring of kea in the Matukituki Valleys, Mt Aspiring NP. Additional funds from local philanthropist, Craig Butcher, have enabled purchasing of necessary monitoring equipment (kea transmitters and nest cameras) for this project.
- Copper Keas! – Wanaka artist, Martin Donaghue, is raising awareness and donating funds to support kea from his sales of his unique and beautiful copper keas! Check them out!
- Treble Cone ski field – the ski fields donation box collects funds for kea conservation every winter season.
- Treble Cone banding programme – initiated by kea researcher Paul van Klink, this programme aims to provide re-sightings of banded kea in the local area. Paul is also part of a mentoring programme for youth keen on conservation of kea in the Wanaka area!
Te Anau – Fiordland
- Fiordland Wapiti Foundation (FWF) – This annual sightings project captures information on kea presence and absence over 200,000 ha of Fiordland Wilderness. This is the biggest community sightings project which will provide long-term information on Fiordland kea for many years to come! Over 200 separate presence/absence sightings were returned by wapiti hunters during the March 2016 Bugle and this fantastic effort will be repeated again during the 2017 Bugle. The information from this project will be used to direct kea conservation initiatives in the local area and will also increase our knowledge of kea status and movements within hard to get to Wilderness areas. An interactive map with all the sightings data is available to view on the Fiordland Kea Sightings project page. Thanks to Paradise Valley Springs for initiating this partnership between the FWF and the KCT.
- Department of Conservation – Fiordland – Three large Kea Conservation Trust signs were set up at Homer Tunnel, The Chasm and Gertrude Saddle carpark to help spread the word about how to protect the areas vulnerable kea. As with other areas where there is high tourist traffic, kea are impacted by the negative impacts of human behaviour. Education is key to reversing this trend. An Iron Ranger specifically for kea donations was also set up at Homer Tunnel to help fund local kea projects. Thanks DOC!
- Coffee Cat – its fantastic to see small local businesses getting on board and encouraging their customers to support kea! The Fiordland Coffee Cat, operating along the Milford Rd at the Chasm and Homer Tunnel, has already sent in over $1600 during their first summer!
Upper West Coast
- Wilderness Gallery (Hokitika) – almost $100 has been raised through the shops kea donation box and funds will also be raised through sales of their beautiful kea art blocks! Check them out.
- Te Araroa Trail to Save Kea project – The Buller Tramping Club walked over 1,400 km of the Te Araroa Trail in March – May 2017 to raise funds for kea. Over $1,600 raised to date.
Golden Bay – Motueka and Nelson Lakes – Murchison
- Forest Owners Association (NZFOA) – A draft kea and forestry protocol which will help protect kea at forestry sites South Island wide is currently being developed. This important initiative was initiated by PF Olsen Tasman Pine and Nelson Forests Ltd in collaboration with the KCT and shows just how committed these organisations are to kea conservation.
- Rotoiti Water Taxis – raising funds for kea transmitters to support local kea monitoring at the KCT survey site in St Arnaud. Over $400 has been raised by this one operator to date.
- Boost New Media – The Wildlife Tracker project was started in 2015 as part of a Start Up weekend initiative put forward by KCT Chair, Tamsin Orr-Walker. Boost picked up the concept, a kea – wildlife sightings phone app, to make kea sightings in the wild as easy as taking a photo on your phone and created the first edition of the Wildlife Tracker. This has undergone further development to make more user friendly and a new, more streamlined version is planned to be available for use by the end of April 2017.
- Ostler Wines – Snow bird (Otago)
- Tutu Cider