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Hurunui College Nina Valley Restoration Group

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Contact Person: 
Tim Kelly
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Nina Valley, Lewis Pass, Canterbury
New Zealand
Ma te mahi ka ora
From hard work comes fulfillment.
The Hurunui College Nina Valley Restoration Group (aka Kiwiwatch) was established in 2008. The group consists of students, teachers, parents, and community members. We are currently funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The principal aim of the group is to give students ownership of a conservation project, through which they can learn about conservation and applied research. The group works closely with the Department of Conservation to achieve these aims.

The Nina Valley is home to many endangered species, both animal and plant. The Nina Valley Restoration Group’s conservation focus is:
a.) the control of invasive mammals, especially mustelids
b.) the restoration of native species in the Nina Valley, especially great spotted kiwi, whio, and kea

The group has raised more than $150,000 of funding in the past ten years to undertake the following projects:

* Establishment and monthly monitoring of 20km of DOC200 trap lines in the Nina Valley.

* Reintroduction of 18 (to date) great spotted kiwi to the Nina Valley.

* Monitoring of resident whio and kea populations.

As a school group, we have a strong emphasis on environmental education and research in our work. We have worked closely with Lincoln Uni and Goodnature Ltd in the past to achieve our research goals. Past and current reserach includes analysis of stoat gut contents, investigating the effect of enlargened DOC200 openings, development and trialling of electronic possum lures, etc.

Our students have opportunities to work hands-on with kiwis, and are taught to monitor and track kiwis using telemetry equipment. Students also undertake learning towards relevant unit standards. Occassionally students will work with DoC on other projects outside the Nina. Students often attend environmental hui and workshops around the country.

This project is largely extra-curricular, with field work undertaken at the weekends on overnight trips. Education and research elements are transferred to the classroom, across subjects from Yr 1 - 13. We are proud of the fact that many of our graduates are employed in environmental work at post-graduate level and on the ground with DoC.

The current aims of the group are:

* Estblish a genetically distinct population of 40+ great spotted kiwi in the Nina

* Increase whio breeding success

* Become more involved in kea monitoring

Please contact the group manager, Tim Kelly, for more information.

Our mihi

Mihinui tamariki mā.

Nau mai haere mai ki te wao nui o Tane.

Mihi ki te whenua, mihi ki ngā otaota, mihi ki ngā rakau, mihi ki ngā manu, mihi ki ngā roroa, mihi ki ngā whio.

Mihi ki te awa Nina.

Mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.


Greetings children and others

Welcome to the Tane’s world, the world of nature.

Greetings to the land, greetings to the plants, greetings to the trees, greetings to the birds, greetings to the kiwi, greetings to the blue duck.

Greetings to the Nina river.

Greetings all and everyone.