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Canadian at the helm of Kiwi Recovery Trust

03 October 2005
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Canadian at the helm of Kiwi Recovery Trust

Contributing to the survival of New Zealand’s national icon is a dream job for Canadian, Michelle Impey.

The adopted kiwi has just been named as Executive Director of the Bank of New Zealand Kiwi Recovery Trust.

Although she’s only been in New Zealand for three and a half years, Impey says she already identifies with her new homeland and is looking forward to doing her “bit” to preserve and build the kiwi population.

“I’ve fallen in love with New Zealand and have adopted the country and the kiwi as my own.

“I’ve got a great job which will allow me to raise money for the Bank of New Zealand Kiwi Recovery Trust, as well as connecting with DoC and all community groups across the country who are working so hard to increase the number of kiwi.

“My goal is to make all 4,000,000 ‘kiwis’ aware of the plight of our national bird, which could become regionally extinct within 15 years. It’s both a privilege and a responsibility that I relish.”

**Bank of New Zealand’s Kiwi Recovery Trust project aims to keep kiwis alive in the wild by establishing effective and sustainable methods for conserving kiwis. The project is an independent trust and a partnership between Bank of New Zealand and the Department of Conservation.

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