Polly Pekapeka (our Manu | Bird of the Year 2021) is looking for adventure, so she’s off visiting KCCers around Aotearoa – and beyond. Follow all her adventures out and about in nature HERE.
In August 2022, Polly went to stay with Lucia (age 10) from Havelock North. They did some fundraising together…
My name is Polly Pekapeka, and I have just been to stay with Lucia in Havelock North.
I have been going absolutely batty helping Lucia’s Primary School raise lots of money for the long-tailed bat. I met Mrs Jarvis, and the school enviro-group, who worked very hard to raise awareness about long-tailed bats and how critically endangered they are.
The school learnt a song about bats and their echolocation. They read lots about bats, and put a slide show together about long-tailed bats. The school had a bat dressing up competition and an art competition, and as a well-travelled bat, I got to judge them. The winners were amazing! I ate lots of Bennetto Pekapeka chocolate too!
Together we raised $1122.60! We gave the money to the Department of Conservation to help protect long-tailed Bats in Hawke’s Bay.
Best of all, I got to meet Poppy Pekapeka, who is a giant long-tailed bat who lives at Waikato Museum! We look quite alike so I think we may be long lost cousins!
Amazing mahi Lucia and school! Our endangered pekapeka-tou-roa appreciate it so much!