Green Ribbon Awards
Jun 1, 2016
I take great pleasure in congratulating Ian Tarei for winning the 2016 Green Ribbon Kaitakitanga award.
Ian manages the Omataroa Kiwi Project which controls pests and predators on nearly 7800 hectares of native and exotic forest, increasing survival rates for kiwi and other native species. It's been Ian's tenacity and drive that have kept the project going in the face of early funding problems, and he now mentors other iwi conservation projects to share the kaupapa and encourage others.
The RMF Bay of Plenty team support this project by providing infrastructure and monitoring for the production forest that is the buffer to the reserve. Infrastructure targets the worst pests (cats and stoats) with an average of 15 cats and 50 stoats caught in each of the last three years.
The RMF Bay of Plenty team have also provided mentoring guidance to improve the core skills of Ian's team so that they become more marketable for other projects. RMF and our contractors have also provided employment for Ian's team members when the Kiwi protection work is quiet.
Ian's work is addressing the declining population of not only kiwi, but also kereru and North Island robins. The environmental benefits of the Omataroa Kiwi Project have been significant with kiwi survival rates up over 50 percent. The team also has an educational focus, working with schools, teaching pest control and passing on matauranga Māori, and training local people to undertake the work in the longer term.