Natural gas company Todd Energy have taken the opportunity to support staff health and wellness by combining it with important restoration work on Egmont National Park.
More than 40 staff from across their Kapuni, Mangahewa and New Plymouth sites have been servicing 60 stoat traps along two traplines along the enchanted Track on the Stratford Plateau and the Maketawa Track at North Egmont.
Todd Energy Environmental Manager Nik Pyselman says staff participate in this activity during their work time and are enjoying the experience.
“We have people across the business participating from engineering and subsurface through to administration and finance,” says Nik. “It’s great for staff health, wellness and team bonding across disciplines.”
The feedback from staff has been positive with many enjoying a reconnection to nature and also the positive impact they are making to the environment.
Nik says some of their staff even participated in a whio release.
“It is a good feeling knowing that the work we are doing is helping to protect these whio and other birds on Mount Taranaki.”
Taranaki Mounga Project Manager Sean Zieltjes is grateful to Todd Energy for their restoration efforts.
“It’s awesome to see Todd Energy supporting not only our project, but many others across the region,” says Sean. “We are already seeing great results on our national park thanks to the collective trapping efforts from volunteers, with our best whio season ever.”
More than 60% of the 4700 predator traps across Egmont National Park are managed by volunteers. Taranaki Mounga are extremely grateful to Todd Energy and the hundreds of locals and businesses who support our vision of restoring our Mounga – he kawa ora – to bring him back to life!