Customkit & Wingspan Take Off Together
Michael Anselmi pictured above with 'Atareta'
Customkit and the New Zealand National Bird of Prey Centre join forces to protect the endangered New Zealand Falcon
Customkit has announced a relationship with the New Zealand National Bird of Prey Centre, Wingspan designed to help protect one of the country’s most ‘at risk’ native species.
As well as financial support Customkit will be lending its building expertise to the Rotorua-based Centre on the development of a new ‘Habitat’ for the falcon and other New Zealand-native raptors such as the morepork.
According to managing director Michael Anselmi, having the opportunity to help secure the long-term future of these precious birds is something Customkit is proud to be a part of.
“Most New Zealander’s only encounter with our falcon is recognising it as the bird on our $20 note. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing these amazing birds in the wild and, on a personal note, having a role in restoring New Zealand birds of prey into our daily lives is somewhat of a dream come true.”
Over and above this Michael Anselmi says the ‘brand’ fit is something that makes the connection all the more powerful and enduring.
“We build exclusively from New Zealand sustainable pine and one of the strengths of using this material is the support the industry is giving to protect these birds. For birds that Wingspan has bred, or nursed back to health and re-released in the wild, one of the best environments is our pine forests. To the point many are calling our falcon ‘the panda of the pine forests’ because these are such safe and sustainable places for birds to re re-sited.”
Another location where falcons are also going from strength to strength is vineyards. Again, this is a naturally safe area for the birds. They are, says Michael Anselmi, part of the ‘commercial’ team in keeping smaller birds and other predators from destroying the grape harvest.
For more information visit www.wingspan.co.nz
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