The driving force behind the Rotokare Scenic Reserve near Eltham is stepping down.
Project co-ordinator Kara Prankerd says it is time to let go, relax and move on to something else.
For six years she has laboured towards creating an ecological lifeboat like no other and leaves knowing she has helped achieve just that. "It has been an amazing journey but I'm ready for a change," she said.
Her decision falls just days after the Kohanga Kiwi project hit high gear, which Miss Prankerd believes is a fitting end.
"Especially when it's all on track and we will meet all our time frames."
The project replaces the Taranaki Kiwi Trust and Department of Conservation's previous involvement in Operation Nest Egg.
It has been heralded as a new era in kiwi conservation, with conservationists predicting a big increase in the number of birds available to release.
Trained as an ecologist, Miss Prankerd joined the fledgling project on limited hours but soon found herself at the forefront of a multimillion-dollar project.
"I don't think I really appreciated where the project was really heading when I first started.
"It's been neat seeing the evolution and growth of the people involved as well.
"I'm just so proud and have so much confidence in them."
Miss Prankerd leaves her post in the new year and will take some time out with her partner, Matt Kyle.
She said opportunity was now knocking for someone with a passion for the environment, management skills and a lot of motivation.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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