Northland’s native forests and wildlife are a lot better off without 708,536 pests trapped by groups and projects linked into Kiwi Coast over the last ten years. Kiwi Coast Trust’s annual collation of trap catch data shows the huge positive impact of Northlanders working collaboratively to reduce pest animals that know no boundaries. Kiwi Coast … [Read more...]
News & Events
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Backyard Kiwi Release Update
Been wondering how those four gorgeous kiwi released with Backyard Kiwi last month have been getting on? Here's an update from Project Manager, Todd Hamilton who has been following their movements and activity via remote telemetry equipment that picks up signals emitted from their small leg-fitted … [Read more...]
Four More Backyard Kiwi
Over 360 keen locals attended the Backyard Kiwi Release on February 19th to see four more Northland brown kiwi released at Parua Bay. The four kiwi – Murdoch, Maia, Om and Fetu Mama – wowed the crowd from the arms of their accredited kiwi handlers, as they granted a few precious moments of a wild kiwi encounter before heading off to be … [Read more...]
Pest Clear Out Paves the Way for Pāteke Release
A special release of rare pāteke ducks has been made possible after the removal of over 11,000 pests by the Pest Free Purerua - Mataroa Project during the last three years. Twenty pāteke/brown teal have been released on the Mataroa Peninsula in the Bay of Islands, boosting numbers of one of New Zealand’s rarest native ducks. The translocation … [Read more...]
Extreme Climate Events – Kiwi Survival Tactics
In Northland we have mostly worried about droughts in terms of climate change impacts on kiwi, but the last few weeks have really reminded us climate extremes occur at both ends of the spectrum! What did kiwi do during the cyclone? How do kiwi cope? What are their survival tactics? Answer is we really do not know all that much. Reports … [Read more...]
Purerua Pāteke Flock Counts Completed
Purerua Pāteke Flock Counts have now been completed as part of the annual monitoring along Northland's east coast. Pāteke (brown teal) are the rarest mainland dabbling duck in New Zealand. Once numerous and widespread, this endemic duck species has dropped to as low as 700 birds, mostly located in eastern Northland and Great Barrier Island, … [Read more...]
200th Kiwi Released!
Tutukaka’s wild kiwi population has been enriched with a further five “taonga manu kiwi” – treasured kiwi – after two special events. One of the five kiwi released, was the 200th kiwi to graduate from the Matakohe Limestone Island creche in the Whangarei Harbour. The release began on Sunday morning when the five birds were caught on … [Read more...]
Time to Send in your 2022 Pest Control Results!
A new year means it’s time to tally up last year’s trap catch results and send them in! Once again we will collate everyone's trap catch data who wishes to participate across Northland. We're looking for animal pest control results for January 1 – December 31 2022. We’ll then feed the totals back to everyone as soon as we can. As an incentive … [Read more...]
The real kiwi Christmas
It's Christmastime - but the wish list of wild Northland kiwi is probably a little different to ours! While many of us may be hoping for blissful blue skies and long sunny days for our Christmas Day and summer break, Northland wild kiwi are wishing for a moister mid-summer and for all the rain we've been having to continue! Many kiwi have now … [Read more...]
Kiwi Hope Returns to Wild
Parua Bay School students have had the rare privilege of meeting and naming a wild kiwi as part of the school’s 150th Year Celebrations. Todd Hamilton from the Whangarei Heads group Backyard Kiwi brought the young female named Hope into the school for the educational encounter. After the special assembly she was released nearby into an area … [Read more...]