Phil Brown Kiwi Battler environmental photographer

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Matthew Harms – NZIDRS – MEIT

American PhD (Cultural Anthropology) student and New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS) recepient Matthew Harms – has a blog at Kiwi Chronicles. Here is a run down of what he’s up to – (from the 2009 NZIDRS recipient list).

Matthew HARMS – University of Waikato (Cultural Anthropology)
The community based Maungatautari Ecological Island project (MEIT) has since 2002, fenced a 3400 hectare montane area, removed non-native mammalian pests, and reintroduced native biota. From an anthropological standpoint, the project’s success likely comes from a degree of collaboration among the community’s Maori and Pakeha members. Matthew proposes to build upon his Masters research into the sociocultural and historical factors associated with New Zealand’s community based conservation, and will investigate the actual influence of these factors and the extent of biculturalism attained in the MEIT project. He intends to conduct fieldwork while living in the Waipa district to perform project volunteer work that will permit conversational interviewing and discussion with community/project members in a connected, mutually-beneficial relationship. In addition, he plans to highlight key findings by comparing the factors of the MEIT community and project to those at work in an aptly parallel (postcolonial, Polynesian minority) Hawaii.

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Eco-island staff face the axe

From the Waikato Times / Stuff

The trust which oversees the Maungatautari Ecological Island appears to be in major shake-up mode.

The organisation’s four paid staff face the axe, one trustee has resigned in protest over how it has been handled and its chief excutive is “totally disappointed”.

By JEFF NEEMS – Waikato Times

Maungatautariby me.

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Kaka at Maungatautari Ecological Island


Feeding the Kaka (there are three in this photo – all nibbling on peanuts) at the aviary in the Southern Enclosure within the Maungatautari Ecological Island, this afternoon, Tuesday the 17th of March 2009. Feeding times are 9:30am and 3:30pm daily. BTW MEIT are running a naming competition for these lovable characters. You can enter here – SUBJECT: KAKA COMPETITION.

Have a look here to see how to get there. Or download this MEIT map [PDF].

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T John Marshall

Who should we see as we enter the MEIT Southern enclosure on our way to see the Kaka being fed. Well – we saw Gloria first – John hoving into sight a moment later. Lovely to see them.

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