North Island Brown Kiwi - Puketi Forest

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is Patron to Puketi

Dame Kiri

The Puketi Forest Trust is honoured to announce that Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has accepted the Trust's invitation to be its patron. The formal announcement was made on September 30, 2006 at the Trust's Kauri Ball & Auction.

"The Trust, which is working to restore the dawn chorus to the Puketi Kauri Forest, is thrilled to have the critically acclaimed soprano and New Zealand icon as its patron," said Chairman Gary Bramley.

On accepting the role, Dame Kiri made the following statement, "I congratulate all those involved for their foresight in establishing the Trust which will provide many opportunities to highlight the desperate need to protect the Puketi Forest. I share with you a strong interest in this project which is so important for our small community. I am proud and honoured to be a patron of the Trust and encourage you all to support its activities."

Dame Kiri's signature

Kiri Te Kanawa

© 2006 Puketi Forest Trust