Welcome to “The Change Makers” – a weekly video series.
In this series our Change Makers share their stories, their thoughts, their ambitions and their actions to leave the earth a better place – to be a Good Ancestor to future generations.
Our planet is experiencing catastrophic environmental harm and it requires us to Think Long Term, beyond our lifetimes, to evaluate our choices and to take actions to ensure a sustainable and healthy future for all.
The stories of those leading the change – The Change Makers – those thinking and acting with long term vision, are inspirational.
Inspired, we can ask ourselves, “what can we do to be Better Ancestors?”
This week, Better Ancestors visits with Conrad O’Carroll and Tiaki Te Mauri O Parininihi Trust.
Parininihi includes 2,000 hectares of coastal and inland forest, in Taranaki, on the West Coast of Aotearoa / New Zealand.
Ngāti Tama, are tangata whenua and kaitiaki / the guardians of Parininihi. These lands hold great cultural, historic and spiritual significance to Ngāti Tama who strive to maintain the health of Parininihi.
Kōkako (Callaeas wilsoni) are of the genus Callaeidae, Wattle Birds, and very distant relatives of the crow. They were previously widespread in Aotearoa / New Zealand however populations have been decimated by the predations of mammalian invasive species such as possums, stoats, cats and rats, and their range has contracted significantly.
With their extraordinary haunting song, and obscure evolutionary relationships to other birds, they evoke the forests of ancient Aotearoa / New Zealand.
Conrad O’Carroll has committed his life’s work to caring for this forest; - managing introduced predators and teaching the next generation of kaitiaki. Conrad, and people like him, throughout Aotearoa are rescuing taonga species including kōkako from the precipice of extinction.
To learn more visit www.parininihi.co.nz
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Episode 17 premieres next week, Sunday 2nd May 2021.
The Change Makers
made possible by the New Zealand Regeneration Investment Group.