The Kaipupu Point Mainland Island Society has been offered support by the Yacht Club in Picton, which is part of the international Accor group of hotels and resorts.
The Kaipupu Point Mainland Island Society are trying to create a predator free “island” on the Kaipupu Point, which is a peninsula that separates Picton harbour from the nearby Shakespeare bay. It has been thought that this area would make an excellent area to provide a safe haven for native New Zealand birds and other wildlife.
The first major phase of the project is at near completion, a 620 metre predator free fence has nearly been raised. The second phase will be the eradication of pests and the restoration of native forest and re-introduction of native species.
The hotel’s offer of support has come at a great time, the employees of the Yacht Club are taking a very hands on approach and will be helping with the second phase of the project. They will be planting native trees, helping with fundraising and other tasks deemed necessary.
This help offered by the Accor group is part of the Accor’s Earth Guest Programme, where Accor employees from around the world take part in social and environmental projects on International Earth Day on 22 April. The General Manager of the Yacht Club chose Kaipupu Point over other projects because he felt that this project would benefit generations of locals and visitors and help maintain the rare beauty of the Marlborough Sounds.