Rocket Lab pitches in to fight ants

From left are Rocket Lab and Department of Conservation staff pictured on the island Dave Houston, Ian Curtis, Taare Black, Blake Charteris, Joe Waikari (kneeling), Vincent Gibson, Danny Gerrard, Helen Jonas, Derek Willis and Dr Chris Green. Picture supplied

EARLIER this month several Rocket Lab team members visited Waikawa (Portland Island) with Department of Conservation (DoC) staff to help protect critically endangered shore plover tuturuatu that nest on the island.

More than 1000 baits were laid targeting Darwin ants, a destructive pest that can harm and kill recently hatched shore plover chicks.

It’s one of many DoC initiatives on Waikawa, including a breeding programme to increase shore plover numbers on the island.

EARLIER this month several Rocket Lab team members visited Waikawa (Portland Island) with Department of Conservation (DoC) staff to help protect critically endangered shore plover tuturuatu that nest on the island.

More than 1000 baits were laid targeting Darwin ants, a destructive pest that can harm and kill recently hatched shore plover chicks.

It’s one of many DoC initiatives on Waikawa, including a breeding programme to increase shore plover numbers on the island.

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Grant Vincent - 7 months ago
This is so cool to see such an exciting and innovative new company/business putting some time and effort into conservation. It's pretty amazing that a Kiwi company (with some international links of course) has got Aotearoa New Zealand into space, joining a very select group of nations that have enormous budgets to play with as it were.

I understand that RocketLab faced opposition to setting up at Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora due to ecological concerns, so I've been waiting and hoping for some worthwhile money and effort for conservation from them for the Mahia/Wairoa area. I had a feeling they'd step up to the launch pad as it were, especially considering how they've made an impact with local employment and made real efforts to get alongside the local communities.

Our foreshore ecosystems are under pressure in many parts of our country, so good stuff RoketLab! Hope you're not going to send any shore plovers into outer space? - A David Bowie song comes to mind of course. Perhaps some Darwin and Argentine ants?!

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