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  • Dr Ruud Kleinpaste MNZM, Patron

    Ruud Kleinpaste

    A man of many words, environmentalist / radio host Ruud Kleinpaste needs no introduction to New Zealanders. Ruud not only provides us with an environmentally friendly wakeup call every Sunday morning, but he is also a tireless promoter of the Wingspan cause.

    Patron since 2009, Ruud’s passion for all things wild, creepy crawly, taloned, winged, bushy and leafy is an inspiration to all of us here at Wingspan. Ruud thinks BIG PICTURE and we like that. Supporting our birds of prey is not just about the birds; it’s about supporting a healthy Aotearoa… eh Ruud!?

    Ruud was awarded the 2018 Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to entomology, conservation and entertainment.