Each year Waugh Infrastructure Staff take time out from our busy schedule to volunteer time to a worthy cause and this year we chose to help the NZ Raptor Trust in Timaru.
The Trust rescues and rehabilitates Raptors (NZ Harrier Hawks, Falcons, and Owls) in the Central South Island.
We spent a very enjoyable afternoon at the Raptor Trust Site, painting cage doors, weeding the gardens and moving 13 tonnes of soil.
Afterwards, we got to spend time with Ahi the NZ Harrier Hawk.
Ahi is an advocacy bird, he is unable to be released back into the wild as his wing was broken and the bones set in the wrong position – hence why his right wing hangs out to the side.
Thank you to Vaughan Skea and the NZ Raptor Trust for the opportunity to help you and the opportunity to get up close to Ahi.
FOOTNOTE: The New Zealand Raptor Trust was established to care for sick, injured or orphaned raptors for rehabilitation and release back to the wild. They are currently developing a site for the birds at Redruth in Timaru, which will be the biggest facility of its kind in the central South Island. If you want more information contact them at www.facebook.com/nzraptor/