Date: 17 February 2012
What started out as an offer of assistance over a cup of tea has resulted in a successful long-term conservation partnership in the Wairarapa.
DOC ranger Joe Hansen and Henergy owner Graeme Napier celebrate a successful partnership
The owners and staff of Henergy Eggs Ltd, located just outside Masterton, were recently presented with an award recognising their support of the forest restoration programme at Pukaha Mt. Bruce. Henergy Eggs has been supplying eggs as lures for the predator traps at Pukaha Mt. Bruce since 2003.
The award was presented by Department of Conservation ranger Joe Hansen to Graeme Napier, owner of Henergy Eggs.
“We are proud to support the restoration programme at Pukaha Mt. Bruce. The values of a healthy forest for wildlife are very similar to the Henergy ideals of looking after the health and welfare of our animals,” Mr Napier said.
DOC biodiversity programme manager Bruce Vander Lee said since Henergy started supporting the restoration programme in 2003, nearly 550 stoats, 250 ferrets, and 9000 rats had been killed by traps in the reserve.
"As a result of this predator control we have been able to return kaka, kokako, and kiwi to the forest.”
The relationship between DOC and Henergy Eggs began when Joe Hansen, who at the time was a neighbour, approached Mr Napier about supplying eggs as lure for the trapping at Pukaha Mt Bruce.
‘It's been great working with Graeme and the Henergy staff, " Mr Hansen said.
"This is a great example of how the community and businesses can support conservation in their local area.” ENDS