Minister Sage acknowledged the crucial role of the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust in

producing captive-bred birds for release into the wild. While visiting ICWT Minister Sage took the opportunity to view the breeding facilities and also learn more about the other conservation activities of the Trust including the native plantings, scholarships and the Heritage Village.

“I am very grateful for the conservation vision of the late Lady Diana Isaac for creating the Trust and the dedication and skill of the Trust and its 20 staff in carrying on that work. What they contribute to conservation is priceless.”

“The orange-fronted kākāriki bred by the Trust have been a lifeline for the tiny Canterbury population and we’re now seeing the real dividends of all of the Trust’s hard work. The vision and commitment to conservation of the late Lady Diana Isaac has been a boon for kākāriki.” said Minister Sage.

ICWT have had a dedicated captive breeding programme for this enigmatic bird since 2003 It’s an impressive contribution by ICWT to breed more than 500 orange-fronted parakeets since 2003 for release on predator-free islands and back into Canterbury valleys.

Over the coming months DOC will be focused on protecting the critically endangered kākāriki karaka from increased numbers of rats, stoats and feral cats, which are also expected to increase in numbers. This year 62 kākāriki (37 from the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust, 17 from Auckland Zoo and 8 from Orana Wildlife Park) were released into the Hurunui South Branch with Christchurch Helicopters flying the precious cargo. Most of these birds have survived and are showing signs of pairing up to breed.

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