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Recent Donations

The following are organisations or projects that have been successful in funding applications to the Foundation:

Amount Date Recipient
$5,000.00 21.06.16

New Beginnings, He Timatanga Hou

Funds for the maintenance and improvement to the tree planting project at South Bay. This includes weed control, spraying around plants and treating gorse and broom on the site.

$2000.00 12.05.16

Kaikoura Salmon Enhancement Trust

Supporting the Salmon Enhancement Society in the third phase of their project in realeasing a further 8,000 Chinook salmon smolt into the head of Lyell Creek above the Kaikoura township. The smolt have been purchsed from Fish and Game and again the main aims of the project are to enhance recreational salmon fishing opportunities in Kaikoura, promote sustainable fishing practices and to monitor and provide educational opportunities within the community.

Release Photos
 The salmon are transported to a farm where there is a large pond at the head of Lyell Creek. 
© Dennis Buurman» Salmon Release
 The salmon being released into the pond. 
© Dennis Buurman» Release into the Pond
 The salmon being released into the pond. 
© Dennis Buurman» Release into the Pond
 School children are encouraged to take part with the release. 
© Dennis Buurman» School Children Helping

 

$10,000.00 07.03.16

Kaikoura Forest and Bird Inc

Funding toward the eradication of wilding pines on Mt Fyffe.

This project involves removing and eradicating mountain pine (pinus mugo) and green alder (Alnus viridis) from the western slopes of Mt Fyffe, which run down to the Kowhai River. Further patches around the hut and towards the top of Mt Fyffe will also be eradicated.

In the 1970’s the Forest Service planted mountain pine (Pinus mugo) and green alder (Alnus viridis) to try and stem the severe erosion in areas due to a long history of grazing, burning or logging, which had depleted the original vegetation and exposed the thin unstable soils. Since grazing has stopped, vegetation has regenerated, but the wilding pines and alders have spread from the original planted sites and threaten surrounding area

The preferred method of control is herbicide injection, this is done by drilling holes in the tree with petrol powered drill and filling the holes with chemical. The tree absorbs the chemical and dies whilst standing, over time it will break down. The chemical used is glysophate, using this method there is no risk of by-kill and the chemical is not absorbed by the ground at all. This method is not dangerous for invertebrates. 

Wilding Pines on Mt Fyffe
 © Scott Morrissey» Wilding Pines on Mt Fyffe
 © Forest and Bird» Volunteer Removing Wilding Pines on Mt Fyffe

 

$730.50 06.03.16

Paper4trees

This is an environmental education programme that encourages schools/preschools to reduce waste to landfill. The programme provides the resources they need to set up an in-house paper and cardboard recycling system and rewards them with 1 native tree for every 2 cubic metres of paper/cardboard they divert from the landfill.

Encounter Foundation is pleased to be the sponsor of Paper for Trees for the local schools in the Kaikoura community.  It is inspirational to see the students become ambassadors for  the environment and contributing in a positive way by valuing its future wellbeing.

$8,350.00 25.02.16

University of Canterbury Foundation

“Investigation of fallout events in Hutton’s shearwaters and potential population effects”

The Hutton’s shearwater is an endangered species of local, national and international importance. Each year in March, young Hutton's chicks fledge and leave their burrows high up in the Kaikoutra Mountains. Unfotunately not all these birds make it to the ocean and significant numbers crash land in and around Kaikoura, particularly during the nightime hours. It is thought many misinterpret or are confused by street lighting in the town and this mistake leaves them stranded on land as they cannot take off again.

The main objectives of this project are to:

A) Establish a reliable estimate of the number of Hutton’s shearwater becoming grounded in and around Kaikoura during the fledging season (March/April) in order to assess potential population effects.

B) Continue research into the effect of artificial lighting, and

C) Investigate the effect weather conditions have on fallout events.

The aim of the project is to improve knowledge of the factors involved in annual fallout events. Associated population effects will aid the development of meaningful strategies to protect the endangered Hutton’s shearwater and to serve as an advisory document in decision making concerning risk management and mitigation measures.

Banding and Releasing Landed Hutton's
 Lindsay Rowe does a fantastic job each year, banding and weighing landed birds before they are released out at sea. 
© Albatross Encounter» Banding Newly Fledged Hutton's
 Many of the Hutton's that crash land around Kaikoura are released by our Albatross Encounter skippers. 
© Albatross Encounter» Skipper Gary Releasing a Fledged Hutton's

 

$5,012.00 07.10.2015

WhaleFest 2015

WhaleFest 2015 was held on the 13th - 15th November at the Kaikoura Memorial Centre. The theme was "Keeping Our Oceans Free of Plastc"

Organiser, Barbara Todd, said the focus this year was on the impact of plastics in the environment, particularly in our oceans.

Local schools were fully involved with each school looking at specific problems created by plastic and completing projects which were displayed at the venue. 

A number of speakers participated, including whale scientists, DoC, and Project Jonah.

WhaleFest Photos
 © Whalefest» Barbara Todd
 © Whalefest» Whale
 © Whalefest» Posters
 © Whalefest» Plastics
 © WhaleFest» Plastics in Our Ocean
 © WhaleFest» Children's Project

 

$7,680.00 01.09.15

Kaikoura Lions Club

Donation to the Lions for a new storage shed that is to be built on land Council has provided to be able to store all their gear, safe and secure.

$1,950.00 25.08.15

Kaikoura Water Zone - Love The Lyell Creek Gruop

The objective of this project is to improve the state of Lyell Creek, which runs through the Kaikoura Township to the sea, by planting trees to protect the creek from infiltration of contaminants.

The Foundation funded the purchasing of 380 plants for the planting day on the banks of Lyell Creek, which was supported by local primary schools, Creation Care, Environment Canterbury staff and Whale Watch Kaikoura staff. In all 160 participated in the day, which started off with a beach clean up, which yielded an impressive 250kg of rubbish. Sad to say that so much rubbish is being dumped in our precious oceans.

$376.00 09.07.15

Kaikoura Council

Plants for South Bay landscaping. 

$3,000.00 19.06.15

Kaikoura Salmon Enhancement Society Inc.

Supporting the Salmon Enhancement Society in the second phase of their project in realeasing a further 10,000 Chinook salmon smolt into the head of Lyell Creek above the Kaikoura township. The smolt have been purchsed from Fish and Game at a total cost of $25,000.00. Once again the main aims of the project are to enhance recreational salmon fishing opportunities in Kaikoura, promote sustainable fishing practices and to monitor and provide educational opportunities within the community. 

$571.00 21.04.15

Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability

Paper4trees provides schools and preschools with the resources they need to set up an in-house paper and cardboard recycling system, as well as giving them an added incentive to recycle, rewarding them with free native trees!

$12,900.00 06.03.15

Heidi C Pearson

Assistance with Heidi Pearson's 4-6 week field season continuing her work with the tagging programme that she began last winter. Work on this stage will commence between 1 Dec 2015 and 10 January 2016. Meanwhile between now and then, work will concentrate on redesigning the tag with a new float design, a satellite transmitter, and a new video camera design. Heidi also has an application in with the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to test out the new tag on their captive Pacific white-sided dolphins this June.

Dusky Dolphin Tagging Project Update, 23 March 2016, From Heidi

We had a successful field season in Kaikoura this past summer (Dec-Jan 2015-16). The goal of the research was to attach a suction-cup tag with a video camera to dusky dolphins. In addition to the video camera, the tag also has a time depth recorder for measuring dive depth, and satellite and VHF transmitters for tracking the dolphin and recovering the tag.

We were lucky to have good weather, cooperative dolphins, and a stellar field team. We succeeded in tagging 11 dolphins, with a maximum tag attachment duration of 7.5 hours. All total, we obtained 9 hours of video footage, which we are currently analyzing. We are particularly excited about the intricate social interactions that we can observe with the video camera that are hidden from the surface.

This is the first time video cameras have been attached to dusky dolphins, and as far as we know, the first time a video camera has been attached to any dolphin. We plan to continue this work and are extremely grateful to the Encounter Foundation and the National Geographic Society/ Waitt Grants Program for financial support.

Tag
 © Heidi Pearson» Tagged Dusky Dolphin

 

$1,300.00 23.12.14

Kaikoura Hospital

Assistance in funding of an Intraosseous set, which is invaluable for the Integrated Family Health Centre.The device will allow a patient in trauma to be administered intravenous or intraaosseous medicines.The EZ-10, or easy intraosseous drill, pierces the bone and bone marrow of a patient who cannot have a normal cannula inserted.

$10,900.00 26.11.14

Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute

This project is a continuation of the work KORI have been doing over the past seasons with Kaikoura's Hector's dolphins and is to help fund 24 boat-based surveys between November 2014 and May 2015, using the same field methods as during their 2013 surveys. The project focuses on population monitoring of the Hector's dolphins using photo-identification methods which are critical for detecting early shifts in distribution and abundance.

Jody Weir at work carrying out photo ID's on Kaikoura's Hector's dolphins.
 Jody Weir at work getting photo ID's of Kaikoura's Hector's dolphins. 
© Jody Weir» Jody Weir

 

$2000.00 24.10.14

Southern Seabird Solutions Trust

This project is for training fishers in the use of new seabird bycatch mitigation device for tuna longline vessels.

Over the last 15 years, a device that sets baited hooks underwater, out of reach of seabirds has been developed and tested, and it is now ready for uptake and use in the world’s tuna fleets. The first step will be to publicise the device so fishermen know it is now available, and build confidence in it as a mitigation measure, by seeking endorsement from leading fishermen.

The developer has gifted a device to NZ, and a Nelson based fisherman has offered to fit the device to his vessel and test it in a real fishing situation. This fisherman is respected in his community, and will be an excellent advocate for the device. 

 

$3000.00 15.07.14

Kaikoura Salmon Enhancement Society Inc.

The project was to purchase 10,000 Chinook salmon smolt from Fish and Game and release them into the head of Lyell Creek The total cost of the project was $16,445.00. The main aims of the project are to enhance recreational salmon fishing opportunities in Kaikoura, promote sustainable fishing practices and to monitor and provide educational opportunities within the community. 

Salmon Release
 Several tank loads of young salmon (smolt) were driven to Kaikoura ready for the release.  © Dolphin Encounter» Salmon Tanks
 Dave Walford, one of the members of the Kaikoura Salmon Enhancement Society, addressing the crowd assembled to see the release of the Chinook salmon smolt.  © Dolphin Encounter» Official Speeches
 Anton Evans from the local Hunting and Fishing store watches on as a young boy releases some of the 10,000 slamon smolt.  © Dolphin Encounter» Hands On
 The release of the salmon smolt took place at the head of Lyell Creek on Kerry Harris's property. Local school children were given the opportunity to be part of the event.  © Dolphin Encounter» The Release

 

$4284.56 26.05.14

Improvement of a short‐term suction‐cup tagging method for dusky dolphins. Applicant H.Pearson, Ph.D.

The overall goal of this project is to develop a short‐term, suction‐cup tagging method for examining diving and ranging patterns of dusky dolphins.For dusky dolphins, while it is known that they move offshore during the night to feed on fish and squid in the deep scattering layer that rises to the surface over the Kaikoura Canyon, little is known about their behaviour during the overnight hours. Development of a non‐invasive tagging method will enable collection of fine‐scale data that will answer questions related to diving,feeding, and ranging behaviours throughout a 24‐hour cycle.

The specific objectives of the current project are to: 1) develop a technique for increased efficiencyin tag recovery by the research team once the tag has released from the animal and 2) test efficacyof collecting underwater behavioural data using a small videocamera attached to the tag.

Suction Cup Tag
 © Heidi Pearson» Dolphin with Tag

 

$692.44 14.05.14

Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability

Paper4trees provides schools and preschools with the resources they need to set up an in-house paper and cardboard recycling system, as well as giving them an added incentive to recycle, rewarding them with free native trees!

Encounter Foundation is pleased to be the sponsor of Paper for Trees for the local schools in the Kaikoura community.  It is inspirational to see the students become ambassadors for  the environment and contributing in a positive way by valuing its future wellbeing.

St Joseph's School
 Card sent to us by St Joseph's School showing students proudly showing they trees they were rewarded with in exchange for the paper they had recycled. Well done.   © St Joseph's School» St Joseph's School
 

 

$2000.00 12.05.14

Forest and Bird

Funds were to assist in the production and printing of the publication, New Zealand Seabirds - Important Bird Areas and Conservation. The publication identifies areas that are important for New Zealand's seabirds. The publication presents a comprehensive overview of New Zealand's seabirds, where they breed and the extent of their foraging across the marine, and, for inland breeding gulls and terns, freshwater environments. 

Important Bird Areas Publication
 © Forest and Bird» Important Bird Areas Publication

 

$10,000.00 28.04.14

New Beginnings (He Timatanga) South Bay Restoration Project. This went toward the fourth stage of this wonderful project of native tree planting and track access which will enhance and restore an area of land donated by St Paul's Presbyterian Church.

Tree Planting
 © Dolphin Encounter» Ian, Chantal and Ed from Encounter Kaikoura
 © Dolphin Encounter» Ian, Lynette and Chantal Working Hard
 

 

     
$5,000.00 10.01.14

Kaikoura Hospital. Funding toward the purchase of a CPAP machine. Overall cost of this machine is $15,000.00. This machine is for patients with severe respiratory failure and allows for a non invasive procedure, which will avoid the patient having a tube put down their throat.

 © Kaikoura Star» Hospital Life Saver

 

$2,000.00 10.12.13

The Kaikoura Matauranga Men's Shed. The project is for the building of a replica whaling boat that will ultimately be located at the historical Fyffe House.

Kaikoura Lass
 The official launch of the » Kaikoura Lass

 

$10,000.00 07.11.13 Kaikoura Community Theartre Inc. To go toward the project of installing an up to date 3D projector system and screen in the Mayfair Theatre. The overall cost of the project is $121,992.00. This new projector replaces the old 35mm film projector which was well passed its use by. The new state of the art projector will allow for the viewing of new release films and of course the quality will be superb.  
$370.23 24.06.13 Items for landscaping at South Bay.
$10,000.00 14.02.13

South Bay Restoration Project, now called, New Beginnings (He Timatanga Hou). This amount goes toward stage 3 of the project involving further planting and formation of a track or walkway from the bottom of the planted area to the top.

 From left, Kevin Heays, Kevin Smith (New Beginnings Trust), Ian (Woody) Woodward (Kaikoura Council), Melville Syme (seated, New Beginnings Trust), Lynette and Dennis Buurman (Encounter Trust), Shona (seated) and Ron Gillespie (New Beginnings Trust). Photo for the Kaikoura Star showing steps being formed for the new walking track.  © Dolphin Encounter» New Track

 

$2500.00 28.12.12 Kaikoura District Council for project of removing pines by Kaikoura cemetery.
$5750.00 12.12.12 Interislander Education Project. Southern Seabird Solutions in association with the Interislander are providing an opportunity to produce a programme that will build New Zealander's pride in our special seabirds. A number of initiatives including spotting seabirds from the Interislander ferries, children's programmes, newsletters, display panels and a lot more, will be offered to passengers as they cross Cook Strait.
$4990.00 28.11.12

Lindsay Rowe who applied to the Foundation so he could purchase software for dive analysis and microchip loggers in order to track the movements (including dives) of the little blue penguins that are located under the Coast Guard building at South Bay, Kaikoura.

 $13650.00  28.11.12

The Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute (KORI), which made a successful application for funding for a research project on Kaikoura's Hector's dolphins. This will entail a boat-based coastal survey programme from January through to June to photograph and catalogue dolphins frequently seen in the Kaikoura area.The research also intends to identify the specific micro-habitats most frequented by individuals in the area.

$11600.00 28.11.12 Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust. Translocation project which will see 100 shearwater chicks from the Kowhai Colony relocated to the Kaikoura Peninsula Colony.
$5750.00 20.11.12 Southern Seabird Solutions International Mentor Programme. This enables the establishment of a programme that is supporting the development of technology and techniques that will reduce seabird mortality in fishing.
$800.00 15.06.12 Catering for lunch at the launch of the Te Korowai Strategy.
$5,000.00 14.06.12 Donation to the Million Dollar Mouse Campaign. The aim of this fantastic project is to raise $1 million to eradicate mice from New Zealand’s Antipodes Islands. Gareth and Jo Morgan have made this amazing pledge to match public contributions dollar for dollar. Go to their website to read all about the mission and how you can make a difference.
$10,000.00 18.05.12

South Bay Restoration Project

Stage 2 of this fantastic project began with planting on the northern face of the land donated by St Pauls Presbyterian Church. Eventually there will be an area of 2.3 hectares planted with native forest and a walkway will run through the planted area.

The Encounter Foundation was once again proud to be involved in this very worthwhile project.

$2,310.00 24.04.12

Trees For Travellers

Funding to go toward involvement of The Creation Care Study Group (CCSP) which will be helping in the preparation of Tom’s Track, commencing around the end April.

The International Student Volunteer (ISV) groups (organised by Kaikoura District Council) will also be helping clear, then plant trees on Tom’s Track (May, July and August)

$1,039.00 13.03.12

Paper 4 Trees

Paper4trees provides schools and preschools with the resources they need to set up an in-house paper and cardboard recycling system, as well as giving them an added incentive to recycle, rewarding them with free native trees!

Encounter Foundation is pleased to be the sponsor of Paper for Trees for the local schools in the Kaikoura community.  It is inspirational to see the students become ambassadors for  the environment and contributing in a positive way by valuing its future wellbeing.

$4,000.00 13.03.12 Sponsorship of 5th Albatross and Petrel Conference. This is the fifth in a series of four-yearly conferences dedicated to albatrosses and petrels.This will be the first time the meeting, scheduled for August 2012 in Wellington, is held in New Zealand. Typically, the meeting attracts around 150 delegates from all over the world, including the leading researchers in the field, and represents an unparalleled opportunity to showcase albatross and petrel research and conservation initiatives from New Zealand.
$15,000.00 13.03.12 Dragonfly Science is a specialist data analysis company who focus on protected marine species, especially in the commercial fisheries environment. Dragonfly Science will characterise the data taken from the Albatross Encounter sightings sheets since the late 1990's. This will include changes over time, seasonality of sightings, interannual trends, compare other relevant data sets and recommend any changes in data collection methods in the future.
$10,000.00 13.03.12 Funding to assist the Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust with the translocation of shearwater chicks from the Kowhai colony to the recently established colony on the Kaikoura Peninsula. For more information go to their website.
 $1850.00 20.02.12

Kaikoura District Council toward planting of native trees and flaxes for beautification project in South Bay.

 

$2000.00