Hello friends and family
The week began fine and Chris planted more trees and Jan and I re-baited and re-set all the traps in both reserves. By Tuesday the cold southerly front had moved in and I lost the internet again. After several phone calls and lots of mindless code written down, I finally gave the modem a bang on the table and it went again. Needless to say, I will need a new one!
Thursday was a great day here in New Zealand – the government is stopping off shore drilling. What a great day to announce it when much of Auckland has had its power supply reconnected after a short but furious storm hit the city – a wake up call that has been heeded! I hope the halt includes the development that is planned off shore at Oamaru as that is in the middle of the penguin range.
We have received a copy of the public notice from Ngai Tahu about their intention to prepare a Reserve Management Plan for both the Historic and Wildlife reserves here at Katiki Point. Penguin Rescue did all the work in both reserves under the authority of DOC from 1984 to 2014 and has since managed the Wildlife reserve for the benefit of the penguins, as was intended when the reserve was established, building on the guidance of the draft management plan developed in 1987.
Who knows what the future holds for the largest Yellow-eyed penguin colony on the South Island?
Have a great week!