~ Robyn, Andy and Ollie ~

Almost three years ago, Robyn and Andy welcomed beautiful cockatiel, Ollie, into their home. Since then, Ollie has changed their lives and continues to bring love and joy into every day. 

Both Robyn and Andy have a big passion for animals and animal welfare. Wanting to help birds in their community, they decided to start a small bird rescue and rehoming service. One day, a baby cockatiel came to them in very bad shape. He had been injured by some adult male cockatiels and was in need of emergency vet care. It was a long journey to recovery, but thankfully, he got through it but still has some ongoing issues. Robyn and Andy had fallen in love with this little bird and decided to adopt him and name him Ollie. 

Since adopting Ollie, Robyn and Andy have been on many adventures together. They have completed the Tongariro Crossing (Ollie being the first domestic bird to do so), kayaking on the Waikato River, bush walks and road walking between nature tours. 

Currently, Robyn, Andy and Ollie are working towards completing the 3000km Te Araroa, meaning ‘the long pathway’ in te reo Māori, trail together over a two-year period. Ollie travels the trail with Robyn in a special pack designed for him. On a sunny day, he is harnessed to Robyn’s shoulder so he can enjoy all the views. When the weather is a bit cooler, he wears lovely, warm vests from Cambridge Crochet Queen, Jill Smith.

While working towards completing the Te Araroa trail, Robyn, Andy and Ollie hope to raise $10,000 for the Te Araroa Trust through Ollie’s own GiveALittle page. This money will go towards maintenance and improvement of the trail. Being able to do this and meet many people through Ollie’s page has meant so much to both his humans. 

As well as going on many adventures, Ollie is also known as a ‘Pet with Purpose’ meaning he accompanies Robyn and Andy to communities, workplaces, groups and more. He helps to gain interest and spread awareness about birds and that having a disability doesn’t make him any less than an able-bodied bird. Not only that, but Ollie is also a regular visitor at rest homes and pre-schools to share with them some joy and positivity. 

Ollie has had a huge impact on many people. He is a great advocate for animals with disabilities and has been able to educate people and spread awareness about birds. People who have previously not liked birds have found that Ollie is a safe way to learn about them. He brings a smile to everyone he meets and for that, Robyn and Andy are so thankful 

The impact that Ollie has had on Robyn and Andy has been immeasurable. He has helped them to explore New Zealand, meet new people and animals, spread awareness and so much more. Above it all, however, the love and happiness they share with each other is evident in everything they do. They have truly changed each other’s lives for the better.