Te Anau's Kids Restore the Kepler project receives huge boost
A further donation of $100,000 towards the project was announced by Kids Restore New Zealand, a subsidiary of the Air New Zealand Environment Trust. Trustee Ruud Kleinpaste announced the donation during a recent visit to Te Anau schools. “Kids Restore New Zealand is so impressed with the work being undertaken by Kids Restore the Kepler, we wanted to ensure that the project continues with the same degree of enthusiasm,” Ruud said.The Kepler project was kicked off by an initial $150,000 from Kids Restore NZ two years ago, with a further $70,000 coming from the Community Trust of Southland. The funding was used to set up the project's pest control programme. The current donation will be used for ongoing maintenance of the trap lines and “saving up” for necessary possum control.
Fiordland’s newest sanctuary in the making is a massive 3000 hectares in size, involving to some degree, all 450 students from the five pre-schools and schools in the Te Anau basin, guided by the Fiordland Conservation Trust in partnership with DOC. Ruud Kleinpaste said that Kids Restore NZ is delighted with the huge input from local Te Anau kids. “We are building conservationists of the future” he said.
Chairman of the Fiordland Conservation Trust, Murray Willans said "that the trust is very happy to have Kids Restore New Zealand’s ongoing support, and that while the project has an environmental focus, the intent of this project is that there will be something that inspires all students to participate in a hands on way that they find motivating, while fulfilling curriculum requirements”. Relevant parts of the project are being integrated into their curricula to enable the students to use the project as a context for learning. A really cool website to visit to find out more about this project is the one that the kids have created themselves.. www.kidsrestorethekepler.co.nz