Since 2017 HealthPost has partnered with the Department of Conservation and local iwi to create the Better World Farewell Wharariki HealthPost Nature Trust. It is creating an accessible eco-sanctuary at Farewell Spit. The aim is to enhance biodiversity in the area, allowing threatened species to flourish.
The work so far has concentrated on pest control via trapping networks on the mainland and traps and monitoring cameras on offshore rock islands. The Trust is also undertaking revegetation and has planted 2000 native trees. A ‘BioBlitz’ is planned with Forest and Bird to identify key plant and animal species requiring attention in the area, and the Trust continues to expand trapping, monitoring and attracting seabirds. Establishing a seabird colony is the first step in a longer-term programme of habitat recovery.
The project has been underway for almost two years. HealthPost has committed $100,000 per year for the next five years.