While the number of applications for wetland development assistance has dropped off our Wetland Care NZ arm has continued to provide advice and financial assistance where ever possible.
DU continued to support the nationally important bittern research and monitoring programme based at Lake Whatuma by providing funding for the purchase of the ever so important radio transmitters. Some of these have also been used on bittern captured and released elsewhere. This project has been led by Dr Emma Williams. Monitoring of the existing marked birds and possible capture of females and chicks at Lake Whatuma is important and DU NZ has committed to continue supporting this project to allow this important work to be completed.
A significant part of the above projects is supported by our sponsors and landowners and for that we are extremely grateful. We are also fortunate to work in partnership with Greater Wellington Council and the Department of Conservation. Sincerest thanks to you all.
Your Board are very interested in having someone compile the history of DU NZ but unfortunately it has been difficult to find a suitable person with the time available to complete this work. Board members will continue to follow up on this project.
While we are a relatively small organisation, we have been an effective one. Our achievements over the last 30 years are worth restating to remind each of us what projects we have initiated and supported.
- Grey teal – nest boxes
- Pateke (brown teal) – captive breeding, liberation, field research
- Whio (blue duck) – captive breeding, liberation, field research
- White swan – captive breeding
- Bittern (matuku) – field research and monitoring
- Wetland enhancement – Wairio wetland and over 50 other sites.
- NZ Game Bird Habitat Stamp wetland fund – a founding supporter and member
- Education and public awareness – publication of our Flight magazine and Quack Club
Even a small organisation like DU cannot operate without the important contribution of our Secretary, Flight Editor, Web Site Manager and Board of Directors. Thank you to you all.