New Zealand seeks candidates to protect kiwis

New Zealand seeks candidates to protect kiwis

Europe 1 with AFP

The Department of Conservation in the city of Haast, New Zealand is looking for candidates to protect the endangered bird: the kiwi. But it is difficult to find candidates for this “dream job”, which consists of patrolling idyllic natural landscapes. Therefore, the ministry launched a call for tenders.

Flying a helicopter over New Zealand to save an endangered bird: the New Zealand authorities are desperately looking for candidates for this “dream” job.

The Department of Conservation in the small town of Haast, west of Mount Aspiring National Park, has received only three applications for the post of biodiversity supervisor, said official Wayne Costello.

“The main goal is to lead a team to save New Zealand’s rarest kiwi species, the Haast tokoeka,” explains Wayne Costello. The task is to patrol spectacular landscapes and take care of kiwis – a flightless New Zealand bird – penguins and lizards.

“The West Coast is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream world,” says Wayne Costello, who acknowledges that despite the “outstanding beauty” of the towering mountains that flank Haast and its region, the post office has its downsides. “It’s quite remote,” he admits: the nearest supermarket is two hours away and the hospital four hours.

Only 500 people

In addition, this shy and “very nervous” kiwi has a population of around 500 individuals and is not easy to find. “Some of the places you can go are by jet boat or quite often by helicopter as it’s quite a remote and difficult area.”

Despite the lack of interest, Wayne Costello remains hopeful and has decided to extend the application deadline by another three weeks.


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