Keeping our kārearea safe

30 November 2017

We at Identimark are delighted one of our signs are helping to raise awareness for such a beautiful New Zealand bird.

The kārearea/New Zealand falcon is one of our most spectacular birds. They are the country's only endemic raptor, or bird of prey, and are capable of flying over 100km/h. Sadly there are no more than 4,000 breeding pairs left in the wild. Delta and the Department of Conservation are working together to minimise the risk of karearea/New Zealand falcon electrocutions in the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago areas and raise awareness of other risks to this rare and beautiful bird.

To date, they have pinpointed components of overhead electrical equipment, including transformers and lightning arrestors, that could potentially be hazardous to kārearea. Delta has devised methods to insulate and safeguard their equipment for bird electrocutions – to make them safer for kārearea.

They have already retrofitted insulation to four sites in Glenorchy. The new designs aim to prevent the ability of a falcon's wings to bridge live wires and equipment. The poles we have made safe are marked KāreareaSafe. 

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