Past Projects

Significant early projects funded by New Zealand corporates, through the Foundation, include:

Takahe Rescue (Mitre 10)
For more than a decade, Mitre 10 supported the Takahe  Recovery Programme. Amongst other things, its funding improved breeding success and helped transfer birds to safe predator-free islands.


Lizard Conservation Project (Kathmandu)
This project enabled surveys to locate endangered alpine gecko.


Rakiura National Park
The Foundation made a significant donation towards a chain link sculpture marking the entrance to Rakiura National Park. The sculpture symbolises the Maori tradition that Stewart Island/Rakiura is the anchor stone to Ma - ui's waka, the South Island.


Transpower grants
Projects supported by The Foundation with grants from Transpower include: yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) conservation; bringing native plant species back to Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf; and bringing Buff weka back to mainland New Zealand – the birds were translocated from Chatham Island to Mou Waho Island in Lake Wanaka.


Motuihe Island Restoration and Conservation Trust (Mobil)
This project focused on ecologically restoring Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf, including reintroducing two  endangered bird species.

Yellow-eyed Penguin (hoiho)

New Zealand status: Endemic (found only in New Zealand)
Population:

Estimates vary, up to 2000 breeding pairs. In 2016 there were fewer than 200 breeding pairs on the Otago coast

Conservation status: Threatened and nationally vulnerable
Found in:

Banks Peninsula, the southeast South Island, Stewart Island/Rakiura, Codfish Island/Whenua Hou and on the subantarctic Auckland and Campbell islands

The birds' scientific name, Megadyptes antipodes, means 'a big diver from the southern lands'. Its Ma - ori  name, hoiho ('noise shouter'), comes from its shrill call. Hoiho are not typically colonial. They seek out private nesting sites in coastal forests, scrub or dense flax, up to one kilometre inland.

Disease is a major threat to chick and adult survival. Dogs are the most significant predator of hoiho on land. Natural predators at sea include barracouta, sharks, seals and sea lions. Injuries from barracouta are the most common.