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New doco short shares wonder of Hauturu

This week the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust launches a new documentary short about the most intact ecosystem in New Zealand: Te Hauturu te-o-Toi, Little Barrier Island.

Little Barrier Island: New Zealand’s Ark gives viewers unprecedented access to the wonders of this precious island. From the stony shores that are a refuge for native reptiles to high ridges, riddled with the burrows of sea birds, and deep into the primeval forest, where native birds, insects and the ancient tuatara live and thrive in peace. This is New Zealand as it once was.

The documentary has been produced by multi-award winning natural history production house NHNZ.

Ruud Kleinpaste, documentary narrator and patron of the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust, says: “Little Barrier Island is one of New Zealand’s most precious treasures. We hope that this stunning film will show New Zealanders how important conservation is, on any scale.”

Trustee David Stone adds that the film is an opportunity for the New Zealand public to see the closely protected island for themselves: “Visitor numbers and movements are strictly regulated as it is critical that human impact is kept to a minimum. Consequently, very few people get to see what the environment is like up close. Thanks to the team at NHNZ we now have a stunning film that shows the amazing conservation work that has gone into preserving and nurturing Little Barrier Island.”

The Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust is launching the film with an event screening on Tuesday 11 April. Little Barrier Island: New Zealand’s Ark will be available for streaming online on the Little Barrier island website from Wednesday 12 April.

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