4 comments on “Rotoroa Island – Part 3

  1. You do a fantastic job Graham. At times it can be quite sickening to think of some people’s total disregard for their environment, can’t it. It’s as if they can’t see a connection between their actions and the state of our world. Will they wake up before it’s too late?
    On a lighter note, when Rotoroa Island won their Green Ribbon environmental award, it was our Manawahe Kokako Trust they beat into second place. I was at the awards ceremony and I was terribly disappointed but really, we were all winners there that night. We all shared the same vision and we all reap the rewards of our work. Keep up the good fight.

    • That is fabulous! I have just looked up the Manawahe Kokako Trust online…amazing to read about the success you are having with the kokako. Let us hope these things continue to thrive…the world is so much more beautiful with birdsong…especially from the kokako…I heard them on Tiritiri Matangi Island once (during the daytime) and it is a haunting sound.

      • I’ve heard them on Tiri too and their song is quite different to the Manawahe song, but equally beautiful. Even after 19 years our members still can’t get enough of the pleasure that is got from standing under a bird in full song. Sadly, we have hit a bit of a wall with our birds, the numbers are declining and it may be a genetic thing due to the lack of diversity early on. It’s possible we may have got as low as 1 or 2 females before the trust got to work. We need some new blood but the wheels of bureaucracy move very slowly. Let’s hope we get some action before it’s too late.

        • Sad but true. There is nothing like bureaucracy to frustrate those who just want action. I hope you can make some progress…even if you have to somehow circumnavigate the “proper” channels to do so.

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