September 2012 Recipients
The New Zealand Conservation Trust received $6,355 in the latest Mazda Foundation funding round, for its Great Spotted Kiwi breeding programme, based in Christchurch.
The Trust operates various conservation projects and works closely with the Department of Conservation to address the declining kiwi population through a specialised breeding programme.
The funding will allow the Trust to purchase 20 diagnostic timers which accurately monitor how long a kiwi has been incubating an egg and indicates to the fieldworker when the egg needs to be removed. Eggs need to be taken from the parents to protect them from predator threats and to ensure the continuation of the iconic native species.