Thursday 12th December, 2013
The Holiday Accommodation Parks Association of New Zealand (HAPNZ) is proud to announce its strategic alliance with EcoWai, premium, New Zealand bottled spring water for the direct benefit of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (YEPT).
Now, Ecowai branded, pure New Zealand sourced and bottled spring water will be available for purchase at participating holiday park association members, nationwide, with a large percentage of the profit being directly gifted by HAPNZ, to the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust for the conservation of the seriously endangered, indigenous Yellow-eyed penguins, on a year by year basis.
Chief Executive, Fergus Brown, says he is delighted with this initiative, as EcoWai water and the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust sit strategically alongside the fundamental and philosophical principals of HAPNZ, including sustainability, recycling and preservation of our natural habitats and endangered wildlife for all visitors to enjoy.
"An important aspect of HAPNZ's modus operandi is its partnerships with ecologically responsible suppliers and support of New Zealand's wonderfully diverse, native flora and fauna, something our visitor sector, both domestic and international, is well aware of and eager to see remain for future generations" says Mr Brown, "The yellow-eyed penguin is very special, being unique to New Zealand and with the threat from introduced predators and a disappearing natural habitat, they are in need of our help. The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust does a remarkable job with only minimal government funding, that may disappear soon."
"The funds raised from the sale of EcoWai spring water will provide much-needed boost for scientific research to assist in getting to know more about the penguins, so to better devise conservation projects that benefit their survival, and habitat restoration of their coastal breeding grounds. HAPNZ is pleased to be associated with such a dedicated and respected ecological trust that has a practical conservation ethic and willingness to include education and public access to one of our natural taonga."
For more information:
Holiday Accommodation Parks Association of NZ
Phone 04 298 3283
Mobile 021 535087
Phone 09 352 9018
Mobile 021 625 682
Holiday Park Key facts:
- The holiday park sector provides 38% of New Zealand’s commercial accommodation capacity and 20% of actual guest nights
- In the past year holiday parks provided 6,325,431 guest nights
- Guest nights to holiday parks are made up of approximately 32% international visitors and 68% domestic visitors
- While staying at holiday parks guests contribute $733 million in direct expenditure to the local communities
- Approximately $372 million (51%) of the expenditure is contributed by domestic travellers, with the balance of $362 million (49%) by international travellers
EcoWai and Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust Key Facts:
- A substantial percentage of profit from every EcoWai water bottle sold will directly benefit the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.
- EcoWai premium, New Zealand still, spring water is bottled at and from one single, sustainable source, in 50% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles with no ecologically damaging slipper tops and all packaging is 100% recyclable under current mainstream recycling methods .
- EcoWai water bottles are only supplied to organisations that are committed to recycling and sustainable practices.
- The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust was established in 1987 with the aim of saving the Yellow-eyed Penguin by restoring coastal habitat and controlling predators. The Trust's aim is to provide a protected, natural (non-captive) habit so the penguin population can become sustainable in its own right.
- YEPT carries out fencing projects to protect habits, predator and threat control, research projects, has established a plant nursery to grow the plants required for habitat restoration and provides education on conservation of the penguins and public accessibility for viewing.
Thursday 31st October, 2013
Thursday 3rd October, 2013
More than 170 people will attend a conference in Dunedin this month aimed at helping ''citizen-initiated'' conservation meet the challenges it is facing as the responsibility for looking after New Zealand's biodiversity increasingly falls on the community.
Conservation Inc, to be held at the Dunedin Centre on October 17 and 18, is being organised by the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.
The conference will celebrate the trust's 25th year and attempt to explore how people can meet the challenges faced under a new Department of Conservation structure.
Trust general manager Sue Murray said people from the Far North to Stewart Island had registered.
''It shows there is nationwide interest in wanting to understand the new conservation and its impact on community groups.''
Doc staff from around the country and local body representatives will be among those attending.
The conference has four themes - how groups can collaborate, stay viable, respond to biodiversity needs and what is feasible.
New Dunedin-based Doc director of conservation partnerships Barry Hanson will speak on the ''new look'' department.
Tourism Industry Association head Martin Snedden, representatives of the trust's major sponsor of 24 years, Mainland, and representatives from Forest and Bird, councils and WWF are some of the other speakers.
In an effort to get groups thinking about succession planning, a session involving representatives from different schools speaking about what conservation will look like in 25 years will close the conference, she said.
The day before the conference, three workshops will be held covering governance, and sustainable fundraising, with the third at Orokonui Ecosanctuary on integrated pest management.