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 the community conservation project Rangitoto Bird Song. For our Muzzle Tours located at the Clarence Reserve near Kaikoura we donate $1000 to the Kaikoura Agricultural and Pastoral Show to support the connection between town and country and promote natural New Zealand products such as wool and lamb. For our upcoming tours to the Chatham Island's we are delighted to be able to contribute toward the restoration of the communities swimming pool. So vital for keeping the local children water safe. We thank all of our customers who make these initiatives possible. In conjunction with our tour to Port Ligar we donate $100 per visitor to the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust. This is to help the drive to remove wilding pines from the Marlborough Sounds. Thanks to those who booked the Molesworth Tours we were able to donate $1,500 to the fundraiser for the Awatere Valley Early Childhood Education Hub, Shaking for Change for the replacement of their earthquake effected facilities.
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 supported the Government's Predator Free 2050 program by trapping in our Queen Elizabeth Trust wetland of which we were the privileged custodians.
Now based in Kaikoura we are actively looking for ways to get involved in our new community.
Will is an active member of the Marlborough East Coast Protection Group. The MECPG is a community led organisation fostering the coastline impacted by the Nov 14 earthquake which resulted in increased vehicle access to the beaches.
We have made regular annual plan submissions to the Marlborough 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 and cultural significance of the area.
We recycle as much as possible and use cleaning products and toiletries which are kinder to nature.
We support our local Pacific Island community by sponsoring the Fred Hollows Foundation, who are putting an end to avoidable blindness in the Pacific. .