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Fiordland Wapiti Foundation

Save the Wapiti

Our Wapiti are facing one of the most serious threats in decades after Forest and Bird 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 fight this challenge.

But We need your help with what could be a long and expensive fight.

 

The Wapiti Foundation has worked for decades to bring the wapiti herd back from the brink and create what is now a highly valued herd, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

In a first for New Zealand, the Foundation has worked with the Department of Conservation to control deer numbers in Fiordland so they are in balance with the environment.

At the same time, it maintains a low population, high quality Fiordland Wapiti herd so hunters have a chance to pursue them in some of the most rugged and spectacular scenery in the world.

But the Foundation does so much more.

It is a conservation organisation dedicated to protecting New Zealand’s awe-inspiring environment and its unique native wildlife.

 

The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation think of ourselves as caretakers of the 175,000 ha called the Wapiti area of Fiordland.

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

 

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

It maintains tracks and huts so every New Zealander can access Fiordland and enjoy its wilderness.

And it 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.

But all this is now under threat from Forest and Bird’s legal action.

a Forest and Bird victory could set a legal precedent that signals the end of not just wapiti, but all our magnificent game animals. The Wapiti Foundation can’t fight this on its own.

The role of the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation has never been more crucial and it is determined to fight this legal challenge with a robust defence that allows it to continue its valuable conservation work unimpeded.

If we don’t, a Forest and Bird victory could set a legal precedent that signals the end of not just wapiti, but all our magnificent game animals.

The Wapiti Foundation can’t fight this on its own.

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.

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Your contribution will bolster our conservation efforts and support our legal battle to safeguard Fiordland’s future.

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Latest Donations

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Luke Smith

25/04/2024

Although I have never hunted in Fiordland I am fully behind this fight to preserve the Wapiti and support the efforts of the hard working people who give their all to managing this … Read more

Although I have never hunted in Fiordland I am fully behind this fight to preserve the Wapiti and support the efforts of the hard working people who give their all to managing this precious resource. Best of luck guys and gals

Amount Donated
$100.00
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Fraser Clement

25/04/2024

I love hunting in this country and want to see it that my kids can some day too, dont let them take this from us

Amount Donated
$50.00
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Danny Canham

25/04/2024

Amount Donated
$50.00
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Kelly Graham

25/04/2024

Love your guys work in the ballot area and have been lucky enough to experience it through FWF.

Amount Donated
$100.00
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Adam Bishell

25/04/2024

Amount Donated
$200.00
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Adam Bishell

25/04/2024

Amount Donated
$200.00
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Tomo Neiman

25/04/2024

Amount Donated
$15.00
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Tomo Neiman

25/04/2024

Amount Donated
$15.00
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Flynn Mcgoldrick

24/04/2024

Amount Donated
$50.00
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Daniel Hartnett

24/04/2024

Hi Guys, Best of luck. I hope to get the chance to see the Wapiti in the wild. Cheers, Dan.

Amount Donated
$250.00
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Adam Murphy

24/04/2024

Amount Donated
$50.00
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Daniel Hartnett

24/04/2024

All the best guys. One day I hope to get the chance to experience the Wapiti in the wild myself. Dan.

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.