Keith at the shorebird centre

Building international linkages

Partnerships – With Descriptor

About the project

Living Water is collaborating with the Pūkorokoro-Miranda Naturalists’ Trust (PMNT) to support their conservation activities and demonstrate to international stakeholders that responsible dairy farming includes connecting ecosystems on a global scale. We provide PMNT with annual funding for surveying and monitoring wading birds’ migration across the East Asian Australasian Flyway (Pūkorokoro-Miranda, North Eastern China, Korean Peninsula).

PMNT has a long association with conservation groups along the East Asian Australasian Flyway and has worked in China and other sites along the flyway since 1999.


  • International recognition of dairy farms thriving with nature
  • Global reputation building


  • Living Water started supporting these efforts in 2014
  • PMNT’s involvement and successful relationship building has been a major contributor to enabling DOC to progress discussions with Chinese authorities on formal ecosystem protection initiatives. An agreement between DOC and the Chinese Forestry Commission to protect areas of intertidal habitat in North Eastern China was signed at Pūkorokoro Miranda in 2015. China is also an important market for Fonterra, so there are commercial benefits to further developing the Flyway relationships and the agreement with the Chinese Forestry Commission.

News updates

  • May 2018: Incredible TVNZ video of Pūkorokoro-Miranda shorebird ecologist heading to North Korea - trip funded by Living Water
Keith Woodley

Keith Woodley

Pukorokoro-Miranda Naturalist Trust

Living Water has recognised the connections that these shorebirds make on their migrations to other parts of the world, particularly in east Asia, especially China, and on to Alaska and Siberia. Healthy mudflats here are part of a network of habitats that enable these shorebirds to sustain these massive migrations. Everything is connected on a global scale.

Keith Woodley
Tim and Keith at bird hide

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