Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has accepted an invitation to be patron of the Puketi Forest Trust...

Trust chairman Gary Bramley said, "The Trust, which is working to restore the dawn chorus to the Puketi Kauri Forest, is thrilled to have the critically acclaimed soprano and New Zealand icon as its patron."

On accepting the role, Dame Kiri made the following statement: "I congratulate all those involved for their foresight in establishing the Trust which will provide many opportunities to highlight the desperate need to protect the Puketi Forest. I share with you a strong interest in this project which is so important for our small community. I am proud and honoured to be a patron of the Trust and encourage you all to support its activities."

After three years of intensive pest control, the Trust has realised good results, including an 85 percent increase in bird numbers. Also on the rise is the population of kiwi in the forest.


Source: The Bay of Islands Chronicle