Kaipupu Point volunteers will document their progress in creating a native wildlife sanctuary thanks to $5000 of equipment from Canon.
The Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary Trust was named this year's winner of the camera company's Grassroots Award, which is for $5000 to spend on Canon gear. The award was announced last week and the goods were delivered on Monday.
The award is part of the company's environmental grants programme.
The trust won because of its environmental effort to transform Kaipupu Point into a wildlife sanctuary and the cameras would help by documenting and planning the work.
The trust spent its winnings on a HFG10 high-definition video camera, an EOS 650D digital camera, an SX500 PowerShot digital camera, waterproof binoculars, camera memory cards and a backpack.
Sanctuary chairman Alan Izard said the equipment would be used to monitor native bush recovery and animal activity.
"It was a great privilege to be awarded this and it's going to be useful for recording all activities, from volunteer efforts to bird numbers and plant growth.
"Kaipupu is very lucky to have been in the right place at the right time to win - it's a reflection of what's gone in from a management sense and the volunteer's work."
The sanctuary was due to be open by Christmas but poor weather had slowed progress so the opening date was set back till early next year.
"To rush it through now and compromise its quality wouldn't be the right thing to do - we don't want any disappointment when it opens."
Canon New Zealand managing director Yusuke Mizoguchi said the award was a good opportunity for the company to support the trust's "outstanding" efforts towards sustainable environmentalism.
Canon account manager Matt Herron said it was a pleasure for the company to provide the trust with the equipment.
"We hope the gear with have a big long-term benefit for the group."
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