Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


US kiwi expert awarded NZ’s highest accolade

US kiwi expert awarded NZ’s highest accolade

20 March 2014

US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Marie Damour congratulates Smithsonian National Zoo senior bird keeper Kathleen Brader for today becoming an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Ms Brader received the honour for her kiwi-conservation efforts at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC. During her 25 years at the zoo she has successfully hatched and raised six kiwi, created a kiwi education campaign, chaired the Species Survival Program and written numerous publications on protecting the endangered bird.

Ms Damour said Brader’s award placed her among a rare group of non-New Zealanders distinguished by the honour.

“Her devotion and commitment exemplify the partnership between the United States and New Zealand on conservation and cultural recovery,” she said.

Recently, Ms Brader oversaw a project which collected kiwi feathers to be repatriated to New Zealand.

The feathers were ceremonially gifted to New Zealand Ambassador to the United States Mike Moore in September 2012 before being returned to New Zealand and presented to Auckland Zoo and Ngati Whatua. The feathers were eventually used in the weaving of traditional Maori cloaks.

The Smithsonian now collects feathers from zoos in the US and Europe and sends them to Maori elders in New Zealand each year.

“Kiwi feathers have a great cultural significance to Maori and Kathleen has done an outstanding job of both collecting them and providing them to New Zealand,” Ms Damour said.

Ms Brader said she was “completely blown away” by the honour.

“I still have a hard time believing that I have been picked for this tremendous accolade.

“Though I am an American by birth I am a kiwi by heart, and I hope this honour will help me in promoting kiwi overseas," she said.

Ms Brader was appointed to the New Zealand Order of Merit by Prime Minister John Key in December 2012 and received her award in a ceremony at Government House earlier this afternoon.

While in New Zealand, Ms Brader will visit Wellington Zoo and wildlife sanctuary Zealandia.

Further Information:

In 1975, the Smithsonian National Zoo was the first institution to hatch a kiwi chick outside New Zealand and currently has seven kiwis in its collection. Today, the Smithsonian is one of only five zoos outside New Zealand to have hatched kiwi chicks.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Missed Opportunities: Amnesty International Report Card On NZ's UN Role

As New Zealand steps down from its month as President of the Council, Amnesty International has taken the opportunity to review New Zealand’s role on the Council so far and assess their performance and contribution to protecting human rights worldwide. More>>

ALSO:

Prince Charles Get More Jobs: PM Announces Honorary Military Appointments

PM John Key has announced that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of HRH The Prince of Wales to three honorary positions: Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy; Field Marshal, New Zealand Army; Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. More>>

ALSO:

No TPP Deal: Gordon Campbell On Why We Should Still Oppose Investor-State Dispute Measures

Even in this dark hour for the TPP, the secrecy farce continues... What is left to hide? Every single negotiator went into those talks in Maui knowing exactly where everyone else stood. More>>

REACTION:

Salvation Army On Homelessness: Hard Times In West Auckland

The report details an uncomfortable story of people whose only option is to live an unhealthy, dangerous and damaging street life... The social housing needed by these people is not currently available in sufficient quantity. More social housing is required in the West. More>>

ALSO:

Message For PM: NZ Supports Te Reo Māori – You Should Too

As Māori Language Week celebrations and commemoration of 40 years draws to an end, the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, is once again hugely encouraged by the widespread support for Māori language from throughout the country ... More>>

ALSO:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news