Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Kiwis Fly – in Navy Helicopter

Media Release

3 April 2014

Kiwis Fly – in Navy Helicopter

From left, Seasprite pilot Lieutenant Alex Trotter, Chief Petty Officer Helicopter Crewman Nathan Tamihana and Helicopter Observer Lieutenant Mark Sharples with a kiwi.

A Royal New Zealand Navy helicopter provided vital assistance to the Department of Conservation, flying nine kiwi from the Coromandel Peninsula to Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf yesterday.

The relocation is part of a DoC restoration plan to increase kiwi numbers by trans-locating birds to new areas once sustainable populations have been reached.

The Navy helicopter crew were tasked to fly the birds to reduce the travel time, and therefore the stress on the birds.

Pilot of the helicopter, Lieutenant Alex Trotter (30), said that while Navy works with DoC regularly, the transportation of an endangered species was a rare event.

“It was such a fantastic opportunity for us to work with our DoC partners for a very worthwhile cause. The chance to contribute to the wellbeing of our national icon is a rare opportunity, and we feel incredibly privileged to be involved.”

It was an opportunity to showcase the diversity and capability of the SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprite to the DOC staff, volunteers and public who attended the ceremony at Home Bay, Motutapu Island.

“The aircraft's primary role is maritime surveillance and warfare, however this was yet another example of just how capable and adaptive the aircraft and our crews can be,” said LT Trotter.

“We carry out a variety of roles in a variety of environments all over the world, but the chance to support our national icon will certainly be a highlight in the logbook for all involved.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news