Forestry and Environmental Studies students take part in the release of a kiwi into the wild in East Taranaki
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Forestry and Environmental Studies students take part in the release of a kiwi into the wild in East Taranaki

Graduates and staff of the course have gone on to hunt for the 800 Trust.

Recent graduates of the Taranaki Forestry and Conservation course took part in the release of a kiwi into the wild.

The graduates were joined by Stratford Mayor Neil Volzke and Workforce Coordinator Samantha Vega, representatives from Ngāti Maru and Tupu ā Nuku – a local conservation workforce development program led by Ngāti Maru – at the land release in Tututawa, East Taranaki.

The release was a collaboration between the 800 Trust, Taranaki Kiwi Trust and Rotokare Scenic Reserve.

Graduates were invited to the tree release as a thank you for helping Miranda Wells and her husband Daryl Egarr of the 800 Trust with tree planting, trapping, releasing native species, possum control, pruning and weed removal.

The 800 Trust looks after c. 1600ha of the Waitiri Conservation Area and is transforming a 230ha old forest block into a bird sanctuary.