Honda steps up for conservation

11 Aug 2010

Honda is helping Forest & Bird get around the country to do vital conservation work through its sponsorship agreement that provides hybrid petrol-electric cars

Forest & Bird Lower North Island Field Officer, Aalbert Rebergen tests out one of the hybrid cars

Forest & Bird Lower North Island Field Officer, Aalbert Rebergen tests out one of the hybrid cars

Honda has provided five of the vehicles with miserly fuel consumption for Forest & Bird field officers over the last three years and recently the Japanese carmaker replaced them with five brand new cars.

The new cars have had a full Forest & Bird makeover with our logos on the bonnets and sides, along with natural scenes from the forest, shoreline and the Mackenzie Country.

Keas are painted on the drivers’ doors, despite the mountain parrots’ car-unfriendly reputation for using their strong beaks to rip rubber and shiny accessories from parked vehicles.

Forest & Bird General Manager Mike Britton said the organisation was grateful for Honda’s help.

“We’ve had great support from Honda, it’s part of their culture to support the environment,” Mike said.

Honda New Zealand’s TreeFund pays for the planting of 10 native trees for every new car sold, with individual Honda agents funding a further three trees. The fund has resulted in more than 420,000 native trees being planted in New Zealand since 2004.