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Balancing a life of wine with a passion for conservation comes naturally to Ata Rangi’s Clive Paton, who spends mornings at his Martinborough winery and afternoons in his native forest
Whitehaven Wines has relaunched the Kōparepare range to support LegaSea, a non-profit organisation that works tirelessly to protect and restore New Zealand’s coastal fisheries
Five years after starting their journey towards BioGro certification, Central Otago winery Amisfield has been named Organic Winery of the Year in the NZ Organic Wine Awards.
Tiki is a Māori New Zealand wine company based in Waipara that cares for their vines under the guiding Māori principles of Kaitiakitanga: guardianship, protection and preservation of the earth.
Wineries in Waipara Valley participate in Greening Waipara - a biodiversity improvement programme. The programme focuses on planting and maintaining native species in and around vineyards which in turn improves habitats for beneficial insects.
The native plantings in the Greening Waipara project have been shown to enhance:
+ biological control of pests and diseases
+ weed suppression
+ soil fertility
The New Zealand falcon (Karearea) is rarer than a kiwi and is New Zealand’s most endangered bird of prey. These natural
predators are an excellent resource in the vineyard, deterring other birds from damaging grape crops. Wineries in Marlborough and Wairarapa have supported the threatened species in their vineyards in an effort to restore the bird’s population.
The ‘Tui to Town’ project aims to help restore some of Marlborough’s past natural environment to support the native bird population on the Wairau Plains.
The project brings council, community and the private sector together to increase the size of the natural tui habitat on public and private land.