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By Caroline King
Fiordland tourism looks set to benefit
from Milford Sound’s nomination in the
New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign.
Milford Sound is currently 4th
seascape category of the online
campaign, which is run by the New 7
Destination Fiordland manager
Lisa Sadler is positive about Milford
Sound’s chances in moving up the
“Doing well should be achievable,” Ms
To be recognised in the campaign
provided a “point of difference” to
attract tourists. Milford Sound hosts
about 400,000 international visitors
each year – a significant figure for New
Zealand but just a “drop in the ocean”
compared to destinations overseas.
The campaign could improve the
region’s profile even in the face of the
Photo: C Scott
Milford Sound is currently placed 4th in the seascape category of the online campaign to find the
New Seven Wonders of the World.
Members of the public have the chance
to see one of the world’s rarest parrots in
Invercargill next Sunday.
Kakapo Recovery – a partnership between
the Department of Conservation, Rio
Tinto Alcan New Zealand and Forest &
Bird – is giving people the chance to meet
some of this season’s kakpo chicks at the
Invercargill Workingmen’s Club.
A similar event last year attracted more
than 3000 people.
As well as seeing the chicks, the public
can learn more about the kakapo recovery
efforts and meet the people who work
around the clock to save this critically
In 1995, only 51 kakapo were alive. Today,
the small but increasing population sits at
124 with the majority of the birds living on
Whenua Hou/Codfish Island, near Stewart
Kakapo Recovery team leader Deidre
Vercoe said being able to share these
special birds with the public was a
wonderful way to celebrate what has been
an incredible breeding season.
“We are still buzzing about the population
passing 100 and the rediscovery of Rangi
(a male kakapo who had not been seen on
the island for about 20 years) was another
Meet the kakapo chicks
Saturday May 23, 2009
Invercargill Workingmen’s Club 10am–4pm
No cameras allowed
Ensure cell phones are turned off
Make sure clothes & shoes are clean.
Be patient – there may be delays as
people move through the viewing room.
No charge – but a donation towards the
kakapo recovery effort will be gratefully
KAKAPO CHICK PUBLIC DAY
Tourist numbers were dropping worldwide
and destinations were competing for
tourists. Fiordland was so far less affected
as its international tourists were usually
pre-booked and committed to travel.
“A lot of people are predicting that next
year it will be more likely to bite,” Ms
As well as having to deal with the
recession there might even be uncertainty
surrounding Fiordland’s name.
The New Zealand Geographic Board is
formalising unofficial place names. It said
last month that “Fiordland” was not an
Ms Sadler hoped the name would stay as
Fiordland “doesn’t leave people guessing
what we have on offer”.
People can vote for Milford Sound at
www.new7wonders.com. The campaign
continues all year.
– Caroline King is
a journalism student at SIT
A kakapo eating rimu fruit.
Southland District residents should have
received the summary document for the
council’s draft long term plan.
Customer and financial services group
manager Phil Culling said the plan had
been sent to all mailboxes in the past week.
The summary document was to have
included a pre-paid submission form but an
error meant this was left out. Submission
forms are available at Council offices or ph
0800 732 732. Submission forms can also
be printed from www.southlanddc.govt.nz
(under the LTCCP page). People can make
Submissions close on Thursday, May 21.
Submissions will be heard by the council
on June 9 and 10 and considered at
another meeting on June 11.
The final plan will be brought to the council
for adoption on June 30.
The Department is currently looking
after 26 of the 33 chicks produced this
breeding season after the rimu fruit failed
to ripen to sufficient levels on Whenua
Check your mailbox for council plan summary
Moving up the ranks?
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