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Community spirit shines for WECT

An essential piece of equipment needed for maintenance around the plantings at the Motu kiwi chick enclosure has been donated to the Whinray Ecological Charitable Trust (WECT), and Ecoworks NZ manager and founding trustee of WECT, Steve Sawyer is rapt.

Lisa and Gavin Hill from Chainsaw and Mower Services generously donated a Husqvarna scrub bar to WECT, he said.

“I asked Lisa if Chainsaw and Mowers would be interested in reducing the price on the scrub bar that the Trust needed. Lisa suggested she and Gavin sponsor the whole item.”

The scrub bar will be very useful for releasing around the trees planted at the WECT visitor centre section, said Mr Sawyer.

“It is through this community spirit that ongoing biodiversity work becomes possible.”

The Trust has worked on habitat protection in the Whinray Scenic Reserve for 21 years.

During that time, the kiwi population has increased from four pairs to 15 pairs in the reserve. Another estimated 50 pairs are in the greater area.

Increased numbers of North Island robin, tomtit, rifleman, skinks, geckos and Hochstetter's frogs have also been recorded alongside a reduced population of possums, rats, mustelids, and cats, said Mr Sawyer.

WECT thanks all of its sponsors and asks anyone who would like to become involved to make contact through the Trust's Facebook page.

HAVING A BAR OF IT: Ecoworks NZ manager and founding trustee of WECT, Steve Sawyer (right) is rapt at the donation of a Husqvarna scrub bar by Chainsaw and Mower Services' Lisa (left) and Gavin Hill (not in picture). Picture supplied