More kiwi make the move across the ditch

Another three Coromandel Kiwi have been released onto Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf during April.

The translocation is part of a programme to help provide long term security for Coromandel Brown kiwi by increasing their number and mixing their genes. DOC is working with the Motutapu Restoration Trust, community groups on the Coromandel and iwi to establish a self sustaining population of up to 50 Coromandel brown kiwi on Motutapu.

Two kiwi chicks, ‘Koharihari’ and ‘Dreamy’, were released onto the island on 18 April 2013. Moehau Environment Group members Raine & Jeff Williams and Lisa Kearney attended the day alongside representatives from Ngati Huarere ki Whangapoua, the Department of Conservation, and Project Kiwi. A great time was had by all as the visitors got to witness the release and were hosted by Motutapu Restoration Trust and Auckland iwi. ‘Bob’ the third kiwi chick was released the next week, once given the all-clear after a course of antibiotics. The three kiwi will join five chicks released in October 2012. All eight birds introduced to Motutapu so far came from Project Kiwi, a community group based on the Kuaotunu Peninsula, which undertakes BNZ Operation Nest Egg.