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Published: 15 April, 2019

Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary




ABOVE: Andrew John, pictured with CMEA's sponsor Peter Radich, accepting the Community Innovation

award at the Cawthorn Marlborough Environment Awards in March..





I have the greatest pleasure in commenting on something you have probably read in the local news media. That is, Kaipupu won the Community Innovation section at the Cawthorn Marlborough Environment Awards.  This was all about Andrew John and the work he does with school children in Marlborough. There was certainly no more deserving person to receive such an award, well done Andrew. Truly one of our unsung heroes getting just reward for their dedicated commitment to spreading the conservation message.  

I should finish my chairman’s comments on that really positive note but there is more good news.  We have been successful with another Rata Foundation grant, funding part of our coordinators wages. This time round Rata Foundation have made this grant to cover three years. To achieve this long term funding our reporting and management systems have to be of a high standard, well done Rachel and all the committee members for achieving this.  We are pleased to report that Marlborough Tour Company have come on board as one of our Rimu Sponsors and we are looking forward to working with them in the future.
Marlborough Tour Company were also a big part of our very successful Cruise For Conservation fundraiser. Thank-you to everyone who contributed to this financially successful event your generosity is greatly appreciated and so vital to Kaipupu operations.  On Kaipupu the bush has suffered from the very hot and dry conditions to such an extent that we ceased all machinery work because of fire risk. Recent rains have seen the bush and bird song recover quickly to normal levels.
Look forward to seeing you on our little piece of paradise.





Gerald Harper

Chairperson - Kaipupu Point Mainland Island Society










Blessed with a warm autumn evening, fine wine, great food and even better company the inaugural Cruise for Conservation was a huge success. Thanks to Marlborough Tour Company who provided MV Odyssea we also had the perfect location to enjoy the view as we cruised to Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary and
down the Grove Arm. Barry Maister, our new patron
offered a bit of history and insight into what the future holds for the Sanctuary ahead of a three course meal highlighting local seafood including New Zealand King Salmon, mussels and clams.
We were thrilled to have raised $3,400 through ticket
sales and the silent auction during the evening.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended and
to all our sponsors.











Thank you to everyone who came along and celebrated the opening of our new shop/office/information site at 14 Auckland Street.  If you haven't popped in yet we are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm.  




Published: 15 April, 2019

Child and Youth Wellbeing

What makes a good life?

Today the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and Oranga Tamariki released their joint report  - What makes a good life?. It provides an overview of what they heard from more than 6,000 children and young people, commissioned as part of the wider public engagement to inform the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.

Along, with responses from an online survey, it includes feedback from face-to-face interactions with those whose voices are less often heard; for instance children with disabilities and young people in alternative education centres or in the youth justice system.


They talked about what the good life looks like to them, the things that get in the way, and what we need to focus on to make things better. While most children are enjoying many elements of wellbeing, up to a third indicated they were facing challenges in some aspect of their life, and one in ten face multiple challenges. These include racism, discrimination, bullying, poverty, violence and drugs.  Overwhelmingly, young people have said they want to be accepted for who they are and who they want to be.

This in-depth feedback from children and young people will be included in our analysis of all submissions, survey responses and feedback from the wider public engagement. We will publish a summary report of findings from all our engagement in coming weeks. These findings will help inform the development of the first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, due to be launched later this year.

Read the 'What makes a good life? report





We want to keep hearing from people as this work progresses. You can share your views and ideas by contacting us on:

Published: 29 March, 2019

Fush and Chups

Fush and Chups

Anton Matthews Photo: Supplied / Fush

"We realised people were really hungry for free te reo lessons and we sort of created a bit of a movement I suppose, a bit of a taniwha, a bit of a beast, and we're really excited about it," Mr Matthews said.

"We have a wee food truck and we've booked out town halls and school halls in the hope that people will come along and learn a bit of te reo Māori, and hopefully buy some kai from us as well."

They'll begin the tour in Greymouth and then to Westport. After that, they'll travel to Timaru and Ashburton. In May they'll head north to Nelson and Blenheim, and back down through the East coast to Kaikoura.

They'll end their journey in the deep South, travelling to Dunedin and Queenstown.

"You've got normal Joe Bloggs New Zealanders starting to realise that te reo Māori is part of our cultural identity as kiwis," he said.

"I always give the example of the haka. We all get very proud when the All Blacks do the haka, but if we want to own the haka and be proud of the haka, then we need to own te reo Māori as well.

"You can't just have the haka or tā moko and not take time to learn te reo Māori. The two go hand in hand. Culture and language. I think New Zealanders are starting to realise that."

The people turning up to learn te reo Māori were diverse, he said.

"Every location I go to there are young, there are old, there are sometimes babies and there are 90-year-olds.

"They are Māori, they are Pākehā, they are tourists. The crowds are always a mix, it's like a fruit salad, and it's awesome to see."

The lessons will cover correct pronunciation, and basic words and phrases people can use at home and in the workplace.

"We'll teach practical language, words like 'homai' which means 'pass me'. It will be a very practical approach and we'll teach people words they can use immediately."

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