During a couple of decades of sponsorship and major events work, Ross has been lucky enough to work with Michelle, Paul and the trustees of Kiwis for kiwi on multiple occasions. Now he has come on board fulltime to look after what he loosely describes as “fun, fundraising and whanau”.
Having travelled and lived across the globe, Ross has long enjoyed being referred to as a ‘proud Kiwi’. So doing something to save our icon makes all the sense in the world. And a recent adventure to te Urewera reinforced just how majestic our country is. “We are so blessed to have this magnificent home. We all need to do what we can to leave it in better shape than we found it. For me that includes helping to grow the profile and the number of kiwi.”
- Being able to claim that I’ve experienced kiwi in the wild makes me one of a small percentage of New Zealanders. It’s nice to know that the amazing experience I’ve enjoyed will become possible for more and more people if we can mobilise the country to support Kiwis for kiwi. And
- Meeting some incredible people who are making a genuine difference each and every day as they create safe havens for kiwi.
Every time we find a predator in one of our traps it reminds me of the massive challenge we have in eradicating the rats, weasels, stoats, ferrets, possums, cats and dogs that kill our beautiful native species.
Thoughts for The Future
“I want my kids, and their kids, and their kids,… to cherish our toanga. For that to happen I need to impress upon them the importance and value of the work that so many community and iwi groups are doing today. I’m wildly optimistic about our chances. We have so many wonderful people involved already. We just need to energise and engage the rest of the population. After all, we’re all in this together. Kiwis for kiwi!”