Celebrating communities helping their kea!
This project has been a huge success with increased awareness and support among communities around the South Island for their local kea populations and a commitment by these communities to move forward with the positive works developed to date.
Two years after the project was initiated, the following has been achieved:
- 9 community project plans developed;
- 3 meetings held in each of the 9 communities (inclusive of the 2016 and 2017 Winter Advocacy Tours);
- the first ever Kea conference organised and held in Arthur’s Pass involving 22 presenters delivering 24 talks, 1 panel discussion and 5 community workshops to 100 attendees;
- at least 1 and up to 3 community initiatives developed in 8 out of the 9 communities;
- over 330 hours of volunteer time to coordinate the project (@5.5 hrs/wk for 15 months) and a conservative estimate of between 50 – 500 hours volunteer time from each of the community initiatives (raising either funds, awareness, starting up marketing campaigns or helping with field work, media, events and care of sick and injured kea) South Island wide;
- just under 300 individuals and businesses involved in meetings;
- a total of $126,648.93 additionally raised for 15 community- kea conservation initiatives from at least 18 individuals/groups. Many more people have contributed to these funds via our Give a Little page so cannot be individually acknowledged.
Some of the major projects which have come out of the 2 year programme include 3 community kea survey/monitoring projects developed or facilitated (Stuart Mountains, Fiordland; Hawdon Valley, Arthurs Pass; Matukituki Valleys, Mt Aspiring NP); the largest community driven sightings programme initiated (FWF kea sightings across 230,000 ha); development of a community driven kea database (by the APKT); initiation of discussions relating to changes in the Wildlife Act to better protect kea; seed funding of the Arthur’s Pass de-leading programme; development of a South Island wide community support network for sick and injured kea and facilitation of the South Island Forestry Guidelines to protect kea.
- 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
- 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)
If you would like to fundraise for us by Skydiving for Kea for free (!!) then please get in touch with us. The only requirement is that you would have 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 $9,000 has been raised for West Coast kea!! Thanks Skydive Franz for supporting kea conservation!!
Arthur’s Pass – Canterbury
Queenstown and Surrounds
Wanaka – Mt Aspiring NP
Te Anau – Fiordland
Upper West Coast
Golden Bay – Motueka and Nelson Lakes – Murchison