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Over 100 new homes for those in need Vilson and Robyn, northern white-cheeked gibbons at Wellington Zoo.

Wellington Zoo committed to conservation Northern white-cheeked gibbons have a new champion - the Wellington Zoo. Last week, the zoo announced a new partnership with the Fauna and Flora International Vietnam Programme dedicated towards saving the critically-endangered gibbons in the wild. The partners work together to improve protection of key areas in Pu Mat National Park in Vietnam, which, with 445 gibbons, is the home of the only viable population. The number of wild northern white-cheeked gibbons has decreased by 80 per cent in the last 45 years, primarily due to habitat loss and hunting. The species is severely depleted in Laos PDR and Vietnam, and functionally extinct in China. Without conservation efforts, like those undertaken by this partnership, most of these Vietnamese and Laotian populations will probably disappear. Daniela Biaggio, Conservation Manager at Wellington Zoo, believes it is the duty of conservation organisations to unite to save endangered wild animals.

“By collaborating with Perth Zoo and Taronga Zoo as the main funding consortium for this targeted project, our collective efforts will make a difference for the animals and the community surrounding Pu Mat National Park,” Daniela said. “The area is a hotspot of biodiversity, so protecting the park will save not only gibbons, but also other endangered animals like Indochinese tigers and Indian elephants.” The project will work with the government, park rangers and surrounding community to reduce hunting and enforce protection of the forest. The programme, led by Doctor Ben Rawson, Vietnam Country Director at Flora and Fauna International, will establish a smart patrol system that will equip park rangers and managers with information technology. The team will provide technical support, helping the park use SMART, an open-source software developed by the conservation community to supply advanced analysis and reporting of patrol

data and intelligence. The goal is to make conservation efforts efficient and effective, through technology and the involvement of the local community. “Engaging local communities living in the ‘buffer zone’ of the protected area with forest protection activities like forest patrols and snare removals will create job opportunities, which will also be supported through environmental education in key villages,” says Daniela. Daniela hopes this programme can allow locals in Vietnam to enjoy the same song she and her colleagues hear every morning. “The morning chorus of our two gibbons, Robyn and Vilson, is an iconic feature at Wellington Zoo, and it will now be a cheer for the efforts we are making to save their species in the wild.” “We’ve committed to a long-term investment to make sure that the numbers of wild northern whitecheeked gibbons can increase and be brought back from brink of extinction so that the gibbons’ song can be heard in the wild for generations to come.”

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Housing New Zealand is planning to build around 120 much needed one bedroom homes in Wellington. The units are part of four proposed redevelopment sites in Wellington that are close to amenities and transport. The four proposed redevelopments are on sites at Britomart St in Berhampore, Ha nson St in Mt Cook, McLean Flats on The Terrace and Owen St in Newtown. Acting general manager for asset development at Housing New Zealand, Patrick Dougherty, said the organisation was excited about the new developments, which would be built to modern standards, fully insulated with carpets and curtains and designed to maximise the sun. An expression of interest for construction partners for the four proposed projects was released last week. All four sites were owned by Housing New Zealand and once had or still had old housing units on them, however, a number of the units suffered weather tightness issues and were assessed as being earthquake prone.

“Wellington has ongoing demand for social housing, particularly for smaller one bedroom properties. The proposed new homes will offer a much better standard of living for those people,” Patrick said. “We are making sure we have the right homes in the right places to meet demand. These developments are a great example of how we are making big scale changes to reconfigure our portfolio so that it better meets the needs of future tenants. “The four proposed developments mark a major investment in the Wellington Region totalling over $40 million.” Patrick said Housing New Zealand had ensured neighbours, businesses and other groups in each of the communities were informed about plans and given the opportunity to have their say. “We are also making sure that we really consider the existing built environment and community in our planning as well as making sure that disruption to any neighbours is kept to a minimum.”

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