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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Forest and Bird run this competition every year, it has a chequered history of skulduggery, hacking and dubious votes, they assure us the perpetrators of these below the belt acts will be caught out in their quest to have their bird named the one of the year. The trust is the campaign manager for the
Raul Johnson Raul Johnson comes to Taranaki via the South Island but was born in the Shetland Isles of Scotland. He finished studying zoology at the University of Otago last year and says, “I have come out of it very passionate about conservation. Working with TKT is an opportunity I couldn’t miss and am really
Don and I (Justine) check around 180 traps in the Uruti Valley on a monthly basis. We have traps on two different roads and two different farms in the area. We originally started off checking 104 traps, but since then have taken on another two traplines, taking the total of traps up to 180. We
Saturday is another busy day for the Trust, assisting First Gas volunteers to install their very own trapline on the mountain, further strengthening partnerships on the Pouakai Range. Connecting staff to nature while helping to restore the biodiversity of the Pouakai Ranges, has seen a win-win partnership form between First Gas and Taranaki Kiwi Trust.
As the new trust manager I thought I had better get out and get a line on what goes on at an egg lift. They start early that’s for sure, the team of myself, Jenny, Doddy, and John led by our trained Kiwi handlers, Sue, Kevin and Michelle were up and out of bed in
Our Taranaki Mounga project coordinator Sian Potier gives us an insight to a long day tracking down a kiwi on Mt Taranaki for his annual health check and transmitter change. Popokotea (Popo) is a 3 year old male kiwi who is lucky enough to part of a kiwi monitoring program the trust is conducting in
Taranaki conservationists have now found the best places for releasing a school’s adopted kiwi, thanks to two schools who helped the experts ‘listen out’ for safe spots. Children at Huiakama School in Taranaki were excited to release Chirp the kiwi into Rotokare Scenic Reserve after weeks of fundraising to help support their sponsored bird. Connor,