Supermodel and New Zealand’s Got Talent judge Rachel Hunter spent two days this week in the wilderness of her homeland, working with a conservation initiative that aims to restore threatened species of fauna and flora in New Zealand.

Hunter used her time with the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust to transport kiwi chicks around the North Island of New Zealand, and also helped prepare a kiwi egg for incubation.

“Private conservation initiatives like the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust are a vital part of New Zealand’s ecological fight-back,” said Hunter, who is a patron of the Trust. "While we’re perceived internationally as being clean and green, a country of magnificent vistas and immense natural beauty, the bitter irony is that so much of our native flora and fauna is at risk. That we’re in danger of losing the very bird we’re so commonly named after, and that our grand-children may never see a kiwi or a kakapo, is terribly sad.

“So much of our native forest has had the soul ripped out of it through generations of neglect or commercial exploitation. The same is happening in forests on every continent right around the world and we’re not immune.”

To find out more about the Trust, click here.

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