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Fiordland Wapiti Foundation

Save the Wapiti

THERE HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT IN THE BATTLE TO SAVE OUR WAPITI FROM ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS THREATS IN DECADES.
FOREST AND BIRD HAD LAUNCHED LEGAL ACTION CHALLENGING THESE MAJESTIC ANIMALS’ EXISTENCE IN FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK.

As the guardian of this unique herd, the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation is determined to Protect The Wapiti.
But We need your help with what could be a long and expensive fight.

But thanks to the work of the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation and its lawyers over the last couple of weeks, Forest and Bird has now temporally suspended that legal action.

Instead, the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation, Forest & Bird and DoC will attempt to negotiate a solution that avoids going back to court and instead allows all parties to concentrate on the conservation work that is so important to our wilderness and the creatures that live there.

What that means is we now have a mountain of work to do in a small space of time to find that solution.

We are determined to make sure that any solution ensures wapiti continue to roam their area in Fiordland and that hunters will still be able to experience the thrill of stalking them in the rugged wilderness which is our largest national park.

THE WAPITI FOUNDATION CAN’T FIGHT THIS ON ITS OWN.

THIS WILL BE AN EXPENSIVE BATTLE AND WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH DONATIONS TO HELP PAY FOR OUR COSTS.

 

It doesn’t matter if you are a hunter, conservationist, native bird enthusiast or a lover of our outdoors, we need your help to ensure the Foundation’s practical and effective conservation work can continue.  

It’s going to be tough so please give generously to help the foundation navigate the complex legal challenges ahead.

As well as the present legal challenge, we also need to mount a campaign to fight for wapiti to be legally declared a Herd of Special Interest.

At the same time as all this is happening, the Wapiti Foundation also must continue its valuable conservation and deer control work unimpeded.

 

THE FIORDLAND WAPITI FOUNDATION IS CARETAKER OR KAITIAKI OF THE 175,000 HA WHICH MAKES UP FIORDLAND’S WAPITI AREA.

 

The Foundation takes this role seriously.

The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation runs an extensive predator trapping programme to suppress the stoats, rats and other pests which threaten to overwhelm our precious taonga such as whio, kiwi and kea.

We maintain tracks and huts so every New Zealander can access Fiordland and enjoy its wilderness.

The place is rough and unapologetic and receives very limited human visitors other than hunters.

 

 

The Foundation has donated meat from the deer it culls to foodbanks so the needy can benefit from wild, free-range protein.

All this is without cost to the taxpayer, saving the Department of Conservation significant sums of money in these cash-strapped times to spend elsewhere in the vast conservation estate.

Our big challenge is to lobby to have wapiti declared a herd of special interest.

THIS WILL GIVE WAPITI LEGAL RECOGNITION AND PROTECTION BUT ACHIEVING THIS GOAL WILL BE A COMPLEX AND CHALLENGING MISSION.

 

The role of the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation has never been more crucial and it is determined to protect the wapiti and continue its valuable conservation work unimpeded. But the Wapiti Foundation can’t fight this on its own.

Our big challenge is to lobby to have wapiti declared a herd of special interest.

This will give wapiti legal recognition and protection but achieving this goal will be a complex and challenging mission.

It will require hiring lawyers, some of the world’s best ecologists and other professionals to craft a solid, compelling case for a herd of special interest declaration.

 

A win will be a win for all game animals and help pave the way to protect other game herds.

It doesn’t matter if you are a hunter, conservationist, native bird enthusiast or a lover of our outdoors, we need your help to ensure the Foundation’s practical and effective conservation work can continue.  

It’s going to be tough so please give generously to help the foundation navigate the complex challenges ahead.

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Latest Donations

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Adrian Gillions

24/05/2024

Amount Donated
$50.00
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Mark Morse

24/05/2024

Amount Donated
$100.00
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Antony Yates

24/05/2024

Keep up the great work!

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$100.00
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Matthew Crockett

24/05/2024

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$100.00
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Liam Buchanan

24/05/2024

keep up the awesome work guys. Great to see FWF remaining positive and keeping the rhetoric about actual issues and not scaremongery.

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$100.00
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Robby Denning

24/05/2024

Thanks for supporting Rokslide Podcast, The Rokcast and keep up the good fight to conserve the Wapiti in NZ

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$100.00
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John Stucker

23/05/2024

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$250.00
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Christian Lendaro

23/05/2024

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$250.00
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Tony Spiers

23/05/2024

All the best you are doing an amazing job. I have had the honour of hunting these animals, and it was a highlight of my many years in the bush

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$100.00
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Jason Templeman

23/05/2024

Amount Donated
$200.00
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Gareth Hughes

23/05/2024

You guys do amazing work and having been lucky enough to win a ballot in 2023 appreciate all the hard work and enthusiasm to manage these wonderful animals. Keep it up and I hope this … Read more

You guys do amazing work and having been lucky enough to win a ballot in 2023 appreciate all the hard work and enthusiasm to manage these wonderful animals. Keep it up and I hope this amazing resource and reason to visit Fiordland will continue for generations to come.

Amount Donated
$50.00
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Jason Foord

23/05/2024

So thankful that FWF is prepared to do the hard mahi to protect this rare and wonderful taonga from nativist ideologues.

Amount Donated
$250.00

Did You know?
Wapiti Hunters conduct one of New Zealand's largest citizen science projects. Annually amassing over 40,000 hours of native bird monitoring equivalent to 20 years of work for one person.