Archive: May, 2019

Corporate Social Responsibility

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The Playground has teamed up with Wakatipu Wildlife Trust, to offer a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.

Protecting the natural beauty of Aotearoa is something the owners and team at The Playground value very highly. Not only is The Playground located at the foothills of Coronet Peak, home to a great variety of wildlife and natural flora but, being both coming from farming backgrounds and choosing to spend the majority of our spare time enjoying the outdoors in this spectacular region, both Aaron & I want to protect it as best as we can, for future generations. That's why we've teamed up with the Whakatipu Wildlife Trust and created a CSR program, which visitors to The Playground can become a part of, too.

Whakatipu Wildlife Trust's vision is to create and maintain a predator-free environment throughout the greater Lake Wakatipu area, which will enable our native ground-dwelling birds and other NZ wildlife to flourish. The Trust is a non-profit organisation, that is making steps towards a predator free Wakatipu, by implementing trapping programs across the basin.

The Playground offers corporate groups the chance to give back to this beautiful region, by helping protect our most vulnerable wildlife against the predators that threaten their livelihood and futures.

We offer groups two options to get involved in the scheme and help protect our natural landscape:

Option 1:

Donate money for traps. The DOC 200 is a humane trap that is is used to trap stoats and rats, two of the most vicious predators responsible for depleting numbers of native birds in NZ. The native wildlife in the Queenstown Lakes region would benefit greatly from the placement of more traps but, the Trust's purchasing ability of traps is purely dependent on donated funds. Corporate groups that visit The Playground are able to make a donation to buy 1 or more traps, which are priced at $150 each. For every donation made, The Playground can provide and informative, 20 minute presentation to the group, about the range of predator’s in the Queenstown area and the threats they pose to native wildlife in NZ, so participants are able to fully understand how their donation will make a difference.

Option 2:

As well as donating money to purchase traps, groups can also play a practical role in the trapping process. For any groups that choose this option, team members will be invited to take part in a guided walk along a trap line, resetting traps and learning about the trapping process, whilst getting educated about various parts of the Trust's program and the huge benefits that will be had for our native wildlife and birds. This hands-on experience will last approximately for 1 hour.

Whilst we understand that the trapping and killing animals is not everyone's cup of tea, we believe that it is hugely important to the sustainability of NZ's fauna and flora. All animals are disposed of in a respectful manner, by being buried.

If your group is interested in giving back to the Queenstown region, please talk to us about adding one of these options at the time of booking your team building activities.

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