Department of Conservation and Transpower Partnership focus on Fiordland National Park

Department of Conservation and Transpower Partnership focus on Fiordland National ParkMaggie Barry, New Zealand's Conservation Minister said that a new partnership between the Department of Conservation and Transpower will help in protecting rare native birds and the wetlands in Fiordland National Park which are under threat.

According to her, the partnership was worth $100,000 for a five year period. It will mainly focus on the Borland-Grebe Valley area, as transmission lines of the national grid operator run through the region. She said, in 2000, the number of estimated mohua in the area was up to 300 and the valley is also believed to be home for southern tokoeka kiwi and native bats.

Ms Barry said, "The Borland-Grebe is an important habitat for the rare mohua/yellowhead, which is now restricted to only a few sites on the mainland and pest-free islands."

She also said that the Grebe Valley also has outstanding wetlands offering home to native wildlife and plant species like small native buttercup Ranunculus ternatifolius and tufted hair grass.

Even a representative from Transpower said that the company was also happy to work with the Department of Conservation. The company said, "Fiordland National Park is of importance to all of New Zealand and we're very much aware of that responsibility every time we visit our assets located within the Borland and Grebe Valley areas."

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