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The Elusive Mawe

Mawe was released on Taranaki Maunga on May 18th, 2021, she came from the Taranaki Kōhanga Kiwi at Rotokare (partnership between Taranaki Kiwi Trust & Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust) and was in average condition at release. She wasn’t considered large for a female weighing in at just 1800 grams, her bill was also relatively short

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Māia’s 2 Million – Episode Eight

I learnt two important lessons this month, the first was to carry more water instead of trying to lighten my pack and the second was to make sure you cover the bait in live cage traps so you don’t catch feisty kahu in them! The Community Trapping team spent some time in the Eltham forest

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Māia’s 2 Million – Episode Seven

I have had a full-on month in March, I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of kiwi catching week at the Taranaki Kōhanga Kiwi at Rotokare a partnership between Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust and Taranaki Kiwi Trust. A team of conservation dogs was on site to track down kiwi for export to other

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Chirp Thriving on Taranaki Mounga

Chirp was named a few years ago as a chick by students at Huiakama School, she was missing in action for some time in the Taranaki Kōhanga Kiwi at Rotokare, but we manged to finally track her down last year and transfer her to her new home. Here is an update on how she is

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Māia’s 2 Million – Episode Six

Tena koutou katoa, I have had a big month in February laying new traplines in Omoana with the team for both TKT and the 800 trust, we’ve also started some of the 2022 trap audits on our properties in Tongaporutu and Omahina, which has made for a very busy and exciting time! At the beginning

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Māia’s 2 Million – Episode Five

Tena koutou katoa, I hope everyone has had a great start to the year. My first month back came with a lot of excitement. I attended a workshop by John Bissell that the Taranaki Kiwi Trust in partnership with Wild for Taranaki. It was an opportunity to meet some awesome people who attended from different

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Buster the TV Star

At the end of last year the Trust spent a day in the bush with a TVNZ film crew shooting an advertisement for Xero, the accounting software company. Buster is the star of the advert, he was translocated to his new home in 2021 from the Taranaki Kōhanga Kiwi at Rotokare which is our partner

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Māia’s 2 Million – Episode Four

Tena koutou katoa! I Hope everyone has had an awesome Christmas break, and is ready for the new year of 2022! In the month of December, I completed a comprehensive first aid course (a very valuable skill to have) and focused on trapping our future Kiwi release site in Omoana, which I will be getting

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Māia’s 2 Million – Episode Three

We’re nearing the end of the year and I have busy super busy attending trainings, helping out other conservation collectives, checking traps, laying new trap lines and attending my first Trust AGM. This month, I have been venturing out on my own to cover more ground and keep up with our trap line checks, working

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Māia’s 2 Million – Episode Two

The Trust’s board has goal to raise $20,000 in a year, none of this money goes to supporting a national office, it is all spent right here in Taranaki by the organisation on kiwi projects. Māia Gibbs, is our new apprentice Kiwi Habitat Protection Ranger and she is the face of our fundraising campaign called

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Maia Gibbs Bear Skull

Māia’s 2 Million – Episode One

Tomorrow is the start of Save the Kiwi week, we have decided to use the week to launch our 20th Anniversary Celebrations fundraising campaign, the boards goal is to raise $20,000 in donations this year. None of this money goes to supporting a national office, it is all spent right here in Taranaki by the

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TKT Prince celebrating 20 years

Taranaki Kiwi Trust Celebrates its 20th Anniversary in October 2021

On the 31st May 2001 seventeen people gathered to discuss concerns articulated at the meeting by local environmentalist Peter Winter about the plight of the Western Brown Kiwi in Taranaki. A wide cross-section of interested parties agreed that a separate entity would be more agile than official bodies who may not have legislative mandates, or

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Haurapa Kiwi Project with Oakura School

Haurapa Kiwi Project with Oakura School

The Trust has been working on a Curious Minds science project with Oakura School, testing whether we can track kiwi using drones. The school kids put together this fantastic power point to report on the findings.

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Louise and Imke telemetry

Tracking the success of Kiwi on Egmont National Park

The Taranaki Kiwi Trust in partnership with the Taranaki Mounga project have just completed a three year long kiwi survey in Egmont National Park. Twenty-six kiwi have been fitted with radio transmitters to monitor their movements. The trust has a team of volunteers lead by project coordinator Sian Potier traverse the mountain to track these

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Guy Oakley TKT Veterinarian

From Cows to Kiwis in a Quick Flash!

It has been a huge honour and a great privilege to assist as a veterinarian with the process of preparing kiwis for their export to both Sanctuary Mounga Maugatautari and the Totara Block. Birds for translocation are required to have a health check to ensure that they are fit and well and will not transfer

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