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“Birds of a Feather” Charity Ball helps raise NZ$65,000 for Tamatea/Dusky Sound Restoration Project

Date: 17 August 2016

Media Release

The second annual “Birds of a Feather” Charity Ball has raised over $65,000 for the Department of Conservation’s Tamatea/Dusky Sound Restoration Project and saw Real Journeys commit to making Cooper Island, (the third largest island in Dusky Sound, Fiordland) predator-free.

Real Journeys Chief Executive, Richard Lauder says taking responsibility for a 1779 hectare island was a practical way to contribute to DOC’s project which aims to restore Dusky Sound to one of the most intact ecosystems on Earth.  Real Journeys intends to start laying 1000 traps on Cooper Island next winter.

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Real Journeys Chief Executive Richard Lauder and DOC's Lou Sanson

“We work closely with DOC and have already commissioned a viability report on making the island pest free, so we know the costs involved are estimated at around $300,000.  We currently contribute funds from our multi-day Discovery Expeditions; with the ticket sales and auction items from the “Birds of a Feather” Charity Ball we are well on the way,” says Richard.

“We work closely with DOC and have already commissioned a viability report on making the island pest free, so we know the costs involved are estimated at around $300,000. We currently contribute funds from our multi-day Discovery Expeditions; with the ticket sales and auction items from the “Birds of a Feather” Charity Ball we are well on the way,” says Richard.

















DOC’s Director-General, Lou Sanson, attended Saturday’s Ball.  “Real Journeys is helping us restore Tamatea/Dusky Sound, one of the world’s greatest conservation treasures. It was fantastic to speak at the charity ball and see the significant level of support for the predator control work we’re doing, which is ultimately aimed at eradicating pests from all of Dusky’s islands,” says Lou Sanson.

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Charity Ball at Colonel's Homestead

The black tie evening held at the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak, near Queenstown, featured art that had been especially created for DOC to raise funds for its Tamatea/Dusky Sound Restoration Project, several of which sold on the night. 

All the art works will feature in a national art exhibition that will tour the country.

Last year’s “Birds of a Feather” Charity Ball raised over $35,000 for Kakapo Recovery.

For more information on the project visit:  http://www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/tamatea-dusky-sound-restoration-project/

For more information about the charity ball visit: www.realjourneys.co.nz/charityball

To see video of Dusky Sound visit:  https://www.facebook.com/realjourneys/videos/10154172787495861/





For further information contact:

Tsehai Tiffin - Real Journeys Corporate Communications Manager
Mobile: +64 21 523 899
Email: ttiffin@realjourneys.co.nz