The Endangered Species Foundation - The rarest of the rare newsletter#2 2014


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Tena koutou katoa
Welcome to our update on development of The
Endangered Species Foundation of NZ. This issue focuses
on an important aspect of how the Foundation will
function – with the establishment of The Ambassadors
Club. You, or someone you know, may be just who we
need to help us protect New Zealand’s rarest of the rare
and their unique habitats.
Kia ora

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The Endangered Species Foundation - The rarest of the rare newsletter#2 2014

  1. 1. 1 TheRarestoftheRare Newsletter Issue 2 AUGUST 2014 Tena koutou katoa Welcome to our update on development of The Endangered Species Foundation of NZ. This issue focuses on an important aspect of how the Foundation will function – with the establishment of The Ambassadors Club. You, or someone you know, may be just who we need to help us protect New Zealand’s rarest of the rare and their unique habitats. Kia ora Liz The Ambassadors Club ESFNZ’s Ambassadors Club is a network of passionate people across New Zealand assisting us with much- needed public awareness and fundraising. We need more people who are interested in saving New Zealand’s endangered species, and protecting their unique habitats, to become our Ambassadors. We need people who have great communication skills and networks which they can use to tell people about ESFNZ’s work and encourage donations. Neil Thorsen “Our fundraising aim is $30 million over five years, and we are absolutely positive we will achieve this,” says Neil Thorsen, Founding Trustee. Neil Thorsen is the interim chair of the development board which will create a strategic plan to guide the growth and function of the Ambassadors Club. Neil says “We are looking for Ambassadors, and for the right people for the Ambassadors Club Development Board – high-profile people with avid interests in conservation.” Ambassadors help to 1. Increase ESFNZ’s profile throughout New Zealand 2. Raise funds in New Zealand and overseas, and 3. Grow the network of Ambassadors. CONTENTS What’s new? The Ambassadors Club 1 Introducing... Colin O’Donnell 3 Regular features Brief updates 3 Sponsorships 4 Partnerships 4 Thanks 4 Contact us 4
  2. 2. 2 Sir Alan Mark, Fiona Hanlon and Jack Jenkins are our first Ambassadors. Sir Alan Mark is one of New Zealand’s most renowned conservation ecologists. Sir Alan is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Botany at the University of Otago, and his work there spans more than five decades. He is well known and regarded for his involvement in shoreline ecology with the ‘Save Manapouri’ campaign and then as Chair of the Guardians of Lakes Manapouri and Te Anau for the first 26 years, during which time lake management guidelines were developed to integrate lake conservation with the hydro-electric development. Sir Alan Mark He has also been heavily involved with researching sustainable management and promoting conservation of the South Island high country tussock grasslands and associated mountain landscapes. Sir Alan remains a strong and active supporter of the Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society and is one of their three Ambassadors. He was recently awarded an Honorary DSc by the University of Otago. Sir Alan was one of ESFNZ’s earliest supporters, initially a Trustee, and now our first Ambassador. Fiona Hanlon is a passionate advocate of our environment. Fiona and her family are regular and keen users of NZ’s walking tracks, parks, mountains and marine reserves, and want to see the flora and fauna of these natural assets celebrated and savoured for generations to come. Fiona is an experienced creative communications professional who works with organisations to develop communication and brand solutions across traditional and digital channels. Fiona was recently Head of Creative Services for Acumen Republic in Auckland. Jack Jenkins is a prominent Waikato businessman, who previously directed the Ports of Auckland. Jack has a keen interest in conservation and has great contacts. Neil Thorsen is a Founding Trustee and interim Chair of Ambassadors Club Development Board. Neil and son, Dr Michael Thorsen, founded ESFNZ. Neil has been involved in the establishment of many charitable trusts and foundations during a long career as a trustee consultant. It is the establishment of ESFNZ, and being a Trustee, that has given Neil the most satisfaction, as he sees it as being a foundation for the challenging times facing a growing number of endangered species. Neil thanks his father for his inherited conservation ethic. As a child Neil’s father taught him the names of all the birds and trees on their Te Awamutu farm. We now need more people, groups and clubs, schools and tertiary institutes who are willing to act as our Ambassadors on a voluntary basis. We support Ambassador’s activities by providing marketing tools and information. All our information will soon be available on our website, including currently funded projects, projects requiring funding, and how to make a donation. We also refund expenses on request.
  3. 3. 3 Trustees and support staff provide assistance and advice, and our Support Officer maintains contact and keeps track of who has been approached. We will also provide a forum for Ambassadors to discuss ideas or issues with each other and grow their own networks via our website. “Benefits will differ for different people, but we envisage that the main benefit of becoming an Ambassador will be the growth of their networks, opportunities to be involved in conservation, and satisfaction at seeing results,” says Neil Thorsen. Contact Neil Thorsen (Trustee and Interim Chair Ambassadors Club Development Board) or Liz Sherwood (ESFNZ Support Officer) for more information. ‘Meet our Advisory Group’ continued... Introducing Colin O’Donnell Colin is Principal Science Advisor with the Department of Conservation’s Terrestrial Ecosystems and Species Unit based in Christchurch. He has worked throughout NZ and overseas, primarily undertaking research on threatened species and ecosystems. Areas of research include the development of stoat and rat control techniques, and measuring response of threatened species to management in South Island forests, and more recently wetlands and alpine areas. He also spends time developing inventory and monitoring for some of our most cryptic species. Colin is currently working on projects focused on developing predator control methods and monitoring methods for mohua/yellowhead, kaka, long-tailed bats, bittern, fernbird, braided river birds, forest and alpine weta, lizards and rock wren. He is passionate about NZ bats and their conservation, and leads the NZ Bat Recovery Group and is the Oceania representative of the IUCN Bat Specialist Group. Colin O’Donnell Launch update As an apolitical organisation, it is important to us that the public perceives us this way. Hence we are delaying our launch until after the September General Election. We are working on a potential launch event at Makara, near Wellington, as well as the publication of our list of NZ’s ten most endangered species. Our brand new website will be up-and-running before the launch.
  4. 4. 4 Sponsorship updates Wellington couple support Zealandia ESFNZ Trustees were delighted to announce to managers of Zealandia (ex Karori Wildlife Sanctuary) that they can expect to receive around $12,000 annually from the generous bequest made by a Wellington couple. Whitaker’s skink protection A grant of $5,000 for Friends of Mana Island Inc, from the Nikau Foundation, was used to search for any remaining Whitaker’s skinks at their last known mainland location. Captured skinks were needed to boost a captive programme breeding Whitaker’s skinks for later release onto Mana Island. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, no Whitaker’s skinks were found at the site after a summer of intensive pitfall trapping, and it is very unlikely that there are any of these endangered skinks remaining at this, their last mainland site. Partnerships update Strategic partnership with the Department of Conservation Since the formation of ESFNZ, DOC has been very supportive of the development of a strategic partnership. At a recent meeting in Wellington, DOC officials told us that they will be documenting the development of our relationship in a case study. Our partnership will then inform the way DOC works with other groups and organisations. Thanks ESFNZ Board of Trustees Dame Cheryll Sotheran DNZM (Chair) Kerry Prendergast CNZM (Acting Chair) Richard Allen (Secretary) Professor Charles Daugherty ONZM, FRSNZ Richard Dore Dr Jane Marshall Neil Thorsen Contact Liz Sherwood (Support Officer) Ph 03 467 9254 or 027 694 5064 27 Patmos Ave, Woodhaugh, Dunedin 9010 Blog The Rarest of the Rare