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When my Great Grandfather, Wallace Webber, farmed at French Pass, flocks of kākā flew over from the island to raid his orchard. When I was growing up kākā were a fairly rare sight – sometimes in the 1970’s I’d see them from the D’Urville Island road when accompanying my father on the weekly mail run. Fifty years later, kākā are missing from the island’s eco system. Retired from a long teaching career I joined the Trust to help restore the island’s natural heritage. I hope my grandchildren will be able to hear and see kākā and other native species at present missing, on the wing above and amongst the Island’s native bush, and learn that we can, with careful work, restore that which we have lost.

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