ABOVE: Andrew John, pictured with CMEA's sponsor Peter Radich, accepting the Community Innovation
award at the Cawthorn Marlborough Environment Awards in March..
APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER
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.
Chairperson - Kaipupu Point Mainland Island Society
CRUISE FOR CONSERVATION
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.
SUCCESSFUL SHOP OPENING
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.