We are based in Golden Bay and our location is a huge part of who we are. With Farewell Spit in our backyard, we feel a responsibility to protect this slice of paradise. So we created the HealthPost Nature Trust, to enhance the biodiversity in the area and allow threatened species to flourish.
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Our Vision for a better world
The Wharariki-Onetahua Restoration project is a partnership between our HealthPost Nature Trust, the Department of Conservation and Manawhenua ki Mohua, who represent three local iwi.
Its vision is to enhance biodiversity at the tip of the South Island, creating a safe breeding habitat and allowing threatened species to flourish. The goal is to build a rich and protected ecosystem that will allow for the reintroduction of rare and endangered species such as the Pāteke (brown teal), the Little Spotted Kiwi and the Nelson Green Gecko.
This eco-sanctuary will become a place where people can experience this unique landform as the thriving and diverse ecosystem it would have once been. A place where threatened seabirds can again safely raise their young.
How our Nature Trust is helping to do better
We’re working on the construction of a new 200m predator-proof fence. Once completed, it will isolate a 2.5 hectare sanctuary where it is hoped a number of threatened seabird species will be reintroduced.
The project is due to be completed by December 2019.
Dawn Blessing at Cape Farewell:
On September 13th 2019 the Mohua/Golden Bay Community gathered at dawn for a blessing to celebrate a significant milestone for the HealthPost Nature Trust RestoraFon project with the commencement of the predator-proof enclosure at Cape Farewell. Together with our iwi partners, DOC, and local schools, a mauri stone in a woven harakeke bag was lowered into the ground, as an acknowledgement of this special place and the important work which will follow.
Revegetation and Pest Management:
So far the restoration work at Farewell Spit funded by the HealthPost Nature Trust has included predator trapping, fencing, camera monitoring and revegetation, where our HealthPost Collingwood team participates, planting native trees such as kowhai, kaikomako, nikau and rata on what was previously farmland. Over the last 10 years we've collectively planted over 10,000 native trees around our local Golden Bay.
Through extended trapping and habitat recreation throughout the Wharariki-Onetahua area, it is anticipated that threatened species thriving within the predator-proof enclosure at Cape Farewell will be able to spill out of the enclosure relatively safely, into the wider project area, which, when the tide is out, covers 10,000 hectares.
Our values: Keeping it natural
The HealthPost Nature Trust is an important way we show our care for the natural world that is the foundation for everything we do. As a company, we’re deeply committed to doing things naturally. Our purpose – to help people live naturally healthy lives – has been unchanged for 30 years. So, we hope it goes without saying that we use strictly non-chemical approaches to pest and weed control (rabbit pellets for bait; coconut matting for suppressing weeds). We’re confident that we can make a meaningful contribution to supporting biodiversity in Aotearoa in a way that aligns with our ethics.
A team effort:
The HealthPost Nature Trust has recently been granted a DOC Community Fund Grant to help further its efforts in predator control and replanting native vegetation. It has also received a significant contribution from a private foundation, as well as many hours of donated time from conservationist experts, and great input from local groups and businesses such as Collingwood Area School and Farewell Spit Tours. We hope that the project will become an inspiring model for the role of partnership in conservation in New Zealand.
Sustainable Business Finalist:
We were proud to be a finalist for the 2019 Sustainable Business Network’s Restoring Nature Award for our conservation efforts! While we know it’s a small step in restoring biodiversity in Aotearoa, we’re grateful for those who have rallied to support this project, providing time, money, energy and expertise. Every day we take another step toward our Nature Trust vision of a wondrous ecosanctuary and thriving biodiversity at the tip of the South Island.