Conservation initiative hopes to attract birds and tourists

Conservation initiative hopes to attract birds and tourists
Conservation minister Dr Nick Smith fundraises for sanctuary in Nelson

Last week, conservation minister Dr Nick Smith launched a fundraising campaign to create a wildlife sanctuary in Nelson. 

The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust needs $4.7 million to build a "pest-proof fence" around the 700ha site and their funds are currently sitting at over 2.8 million. 

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Endangered birdlife set to benefit from the sanctuary's development include the New Zealand falcon, yellow-crowned parakeets, weka and robins. 

"The environmental benefit of this sanctuary is that it will enable native birds to again be seen in Nelson gardens that have been absent for decades. It will also provide an economic benefit for our tourism industry by giving visitors an opportunity to see our own special birds in their natural setting rather than in a zoo," says Smith. 

You can even sponsor a fence post. Prices start at $100 for a post in Zone 1, which includes 60 characters on a plaque.