Wakatipu Wildlife Trust

By PHILIP CHANDLER The Wakatipu lost three treasured community stalwarts over one weekend this month with the deaths of Russell McGrouther, Wendy Perkins and Elbert de Koning. Originally a local motelier, Dunedin-raised McGrouther was the resort’s funeral director for 29 years...

Dead on arrival

By GUY WILLIAMS Not all arrivals are welcome at Queenstown Airport. For some, it's terminal. And the next time a rat, stoat, ferret or hedgehog makes a flying visit to the airport, it'll be taking its life in its paws. In an environmental...
By GUY WILLIAMS A consortium of predator control and conservation groups is working on an ambitious project to eradicate and intensively control predators across a massive swathe of country between Queenstown and Hawea. An independent study it commissioned concludes a 'Southern Lakes...
He's the chair extraordinaire. Tom Pryde's past or present chairman of more than a dozen community groups. As he prepares to retire from about 50 years' practising law, Philip Chandler tries to find out what makes him tick No one could retire and...

Wildlife Trust’s bank boost

The Whakatipu Wildlife Trust's been given a huge cash boost. The Hugo Charitable Trust has donated a whopping $75,000 to the organisation, which supports the efforts of trapping groups across the district aiming to make the Wakatipu Basin predator free. Beginning...
Imagine if the whole Wakatipu Basin was alive with the sound of tuis and bellbirds. That vision's a step closer with the formation of a new predator-control trust. Philip Chandler discusses the aims and objectives of the Wakatipu Wildlife...

Conservation on the ball

Two Queenstown conservation groups will likely get an almighty boost after today's conservation ball at Walter Peak. Real Journeys' third annual charity ball, in partnership with Department of Conservation (DoC), will be nothing short of a lavish event. Tickets are...
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