19000 FT Kea Jump
Media Release 4 December
Labour Leader, Andrew Little to skydive for Kea
Opposition Leader Andrew Little will on Friday jump from 19,000 feet – New Zealand’s highest skydive - over Franz Josef to launch a new conservation initiative with Skydive Franz and the Kea Conservation Trust.
Innovative partnership between Skydive Franz and the Kea Conservation Trust aims to fund ongoing research to support New Zealand’s iconic mountain parrot
Skydive Franz, an adventure tourism operator located in Franz Josef and the Kea Conservation Trust today announced a three-year partnership which will see the skydive company help fund and promote ongoing research and conservation work.
James Meldrum, CEO of Skydive Franz said, ‘We are delighted to have received Andrew Little’s interest and support for this exciting project. We are lucky to work in an amazingly beautiful area and our team are passionate about the environment. The Kea Conservation Trust carries out fantastic work to help preserve and protect kea and we are delighted to be in a position to help fund this work.’
Skydive Franz operates the highest tandem skydive in New Zealand. The initiative will see the company rebrand their premium jump as the 19,000 Foot Kea Jump and make a donation per jump completed. Each tandem skydive customer will also be invited to donate to the trust. In addition, the company will also be donating a group skydive flight on an annual basis to enable individuals fundraise for the trust.
Tamsin Orr-Walker, Chair of the trust said, ‘We are delighted to announce this innovative partnership with Skydive Franz. It is only by working with those communities who live within kea habitat that we can ensure the survival of kea for the future. Fewer than 5,000 kea remain across the South Island and this initiative will help raise awareness and fund our ongoing work to protect the species in the wild’’.
Kea are a unique and endangered parrot species endemic to the Southern Alps of New Zealand. They are one of three parrot species which evolved in isolation over millions of years and are highly valued as one of the most intelligent bird species in the world. Fewer than 5,000 individuals remain across an area of 3.5 million hectares and they are now listed as Nationally Threatened. Kea are now fully protected under the Wildlife Act.
About Skydive Franz
Skydive Franz was founded in 2010. The company offers skydiving from 13,000 feet, 16,000 feet and 19,000 feet. The 19,000 feet Kea Jump is New Zealand’s highest skydive. The growth of the business has been rapid as the word of mouth reputation for excellent service, incredible scenery and an outstanding safety culture has spread. The company are fully certified New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority 'Adventure Aviation' operators and enjoys a 100% safety record.