Here's the second part of the fascinating story behind a pre-pilot study coming out of Otago – one that seeks to provide New Zealand’s homes with a Gardenstar rating for the biodiversity of their property.
Over the last six months the launch of an exciting new conservation initiative has seen researchers at the University of Otago walking into the backyards of 78 homes to check out and mark down what’s growing where.
Since introducing the Soar Initiative in 2020 we have provided support both for the Orokonui Ecosanctuary on the north coast of Dunedin and for Forest & Bird’s efforts around New Zealand. Now we’re proud to share the news of our most recent Soar recipient – the Kākāpō Recovery Programme.
Make no mistake – the battle to save our national bird is still ongoing. While trapping and other conservation efforts are helping the kiwi they still need plenty of help to ensure a bright and thriving future.
You may see a small change to some of our packaging over the coming months as Topflite launches the Soar Initiative. However the big change will come behind the scenes as we begin a new coordinated approach to our support for both big and small nature advocates throughout New Zealand.