Date: 01 May 2012 Source: BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust
A new partnership between Trade Me and conservation group BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust hopes to raise more than $40,000 a year to help save our national icon.
From today, Trade Me sellers can choose to “round up” their success fee to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to the Trust. Participating Trade Me listings will display the Trust’s logo.
BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust executive director, Michelle Impey says the Trade Me partnership is an outstanding opportunity to extend the Trust’s reach and offer people a really easy way to contribute to the efforts to save kiwi. “Our national icon needs our help. Funding is critical to ensure work such as predator control and BNZ Operation Nest Egg can continue.”
Ms Impey said a key goal was to increase the critically endangered rowi kiwi population on the South Island’s West Coast from just 357 kiwi to 600. “We are confident of reaching this milestone with the help of donations from the Trade Me community.”
Trade Me spokesman Paul Ford said providing a way for Trade Me members to support the Trust was a good fit. “The great work that the Trust does with kiwi is exactly the sort of thing our members would expect Trade Me to be aligned with. The Trust is a quintessential New Zealand organisation and we’re stoked to be working alongside Michelle and the team.”