Despite the rain a group of Department of Conservation Nelson Ranger Trainees were unstoppable as they erected a new section of predator diverting fence on a slippery and steep hillside of the Tui Nature Reserve in Outer Pelorus Sound.
Under supervision of tutor Calvin Tuck, who was on site at the Otuhoto Peninsula, the trainees erected the heavy posts which luckily had already been dropped off by helicopter, saving a lot of scrambling around in the difficult terrain.
Without doubt the trainees were on a mission to get the job done and after a day of slipping around on steep terrain the first 100 meters of fence is now in place.
The DOC Maud Island crew helped transport the trainees from Maud Island to Tui, which was much appreciated and the hard work from everyone was an inspiration. Hopefully we will see a new group of trainees back in the next school term.
The sanctuary is well on the way to looking more like it once did, before pests and farmland took over: Restoration is in full swing, with flowering trees and seeds welcomed by the returning birdlife
There is growing interest in the reserve's activities from the wider community, with many groups visiting the sanctuary to see progress for themselves. A recent visit from Scots College students from Wellington was a huge success and the questions and feedback from the students were very valuable to the Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust.
Following on from this success, the Trust is endeavouring to organise further school visits, or visits from any other interested groups.