Small Steps for Big Gains
Our company was born out of a desire to share the wildlife and environments we love.
It is through the generous support of the local communities that our tours are possible, we ask the communities how we can contribute meaningfully and respect their values. We consult with local Iwi to uphold their taonga tuku iho.
We support our communities financially by sponsoring their projects. For each tour to the D'Urville Island we donate $300 towards the Stoat Eradication Trust. For our Muzzle Tours located at the Clarence Reserve near Kaikoura we donate $1000 to the Kaikoura Agricultural and Pastoral Show to sponsor Billy Black Woolman. Billy entertains the public while teaching the values of merino wool. We are humbled to be able to help in this small way keep our rural communities vibrant.
Until the sale of our property in April 2020 we have reduced our carbon footprint by planting one tree for every client taken on a tour. The planting project was in collaboration with our partners Opawa Wines, the Marlborough District Council and the Queen Elizabeth National Trust along the Opawa river margin; which was affected by the November 2017 earthquake.
We support the Government's Predator Free 2050 program by trapping in our Queen Elizabeth Trust wetland of which we are the privileged custodians. Visitors are always welcome by prior arrangement.
Will mentors students from the local college about sustainability and wildlife. He has also given power point presentations to community groups about the wildlife of the Wairau Lagoon. He is also on the steering committee of the Marlborough East Coast Protection Group and is involved in the line trapping for stoats. The MECPG is a community led organisation fostering the coastline impacted by the Nov 14 earthquake which has resulted in increased vehicle access to the beaches.
We have made regular annual plan submissions to council to raise awareness of the importance of the wetlands of the lower Wairau. The council in conjunction with the Rangitane have created a new reserve and made the waste water wetlands of the lower Wairau accessible to the public by way of a public walking track. Interpretation panels have been erected which give information about the wildlife of the area.
We hold annual community river clean up days, working with the local duck hunters and the climate change action group.
We recycle as much as possible and use cleaning products and toiletries which are kinder to nature. We seek ways to do things more efficiently every week.
Our staff uniform comes from the socially and ethically responsible clothing company Kathmandu
We support our local Pacific Island community by sponsoring the Fred Hollows Foundation, who are putting an end to avoidable blindness in the Pacific. .