Mahinepua Radar Hill Landcare Group

In Memory of Jeune Marie (Jade) Ludvigson.

Jade and her dogs Sailor and Oliver
 spent the day at the Kaeo Parade
 in December helping to man the MRHLG stall.

Jade was an Honorary Life Member and valued member of the Mahinepua-Radar Hill Landcare Group Inc.

Without her generosity we would never have been able to track our kiwi.

This project has enabled many people over the years to see and hold a real kiwi which is something very few people ever get to do. She made this possible here.

Jade’s generosity gave us the ‘Jade Project’ when she donated the money for us to put transmitters on two male kiwi, 

so that we could follow them in their habitat and find out where they went and how they were faring in our management area.

Her contribution has seen the project entering it’s seventh year.

This project is still running and has made a valuable contribution to the conservation in this area.

With her love of animals, Jade did not like participating in predator control, but she did understand the need for it and donated trapping materials and otherwise unaffordable new technology to further the cause of our endangered species. Jade always attended our meetings and contributed ideas as well as funding.

She participated in all the MRHLG activities that her health allowed, including Kiwi Aversion Training School for dogs (KATS), Information days in various places and the Kaeo Christmas Parade stall.

We will miss you and remember you Jade and think of you whenever we see the new kiwi chicks running free.

We will remember you as a person who always Lived Life Your Way.

  Some thoughts from Matt Sherrard, one of our founding members.
Matts Picture"Life is good here for us. It is not so good for the plants and animals that
flourished here long before we came along. The balance in the bush is now
tipped so far in favour of the introduced species that we will certainly see
the end of most native species in our lifetime unless someone intervenes. I
am making the assertion that that someone is probably you and me, the
landowners. I feel a moral obligation to cherish the endemic wildlife and
plants of our surroundings."
Romeo"The birds seem to be the barometer for the health of the forest. They
need the trees for food and in turn spread the tree seed. Without the
birds, seed is not placed where it can grow to replace the mature trees and
feed the future generations of bird life, a cycle of renewal and growth. As
go the birds, so goes the forest, and like the barometer, the sudden drop in
bird numbers forecasts a bad stretch ahead for the forest."
Lizard"The indigenous wildlife is totally ill equipped to survive the introduction of
predators and competitors .... The possum and his friends should not be
condemned for being pests. They are good animals at the wrong place at the
wrong time. They are the victims in a struggle created by our lack of
foresight. At this point we can only choose to eliminate them or sacrifice an
ecosystem that has evolved to sustain the species native to that habitat. It
is not a choice that comes easily to us in our modern day sensibilities, but
can we have it otherwise?"
Kiwi"Reclaim our bush for the birds, beasts, and plants that rightfully belong
Plant Count" Make this corner of the world a better place and a sanctuary for our native
Group"That's the beauty of working your own patch, you get to enjoy the results.
As a group we are really just nowgetting steady on our feet, we have a ways
to go before we can run like the wind or soar like a flightless bird."

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