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Maia Gibbs Bear Skull

Māia’s 2 Million – Episode One

We pulled up and the entire site had its fences ripped down, the door pulled from its hinges, all the hives had been torn apart, with teeth and claw marks in the plastic honey and brood frames, and everything spread out all over the ground …………. not a bee in sight. This freaked me out a

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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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Bird of the Year Kiwi Logo

Bird of the Year

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

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New Team Member Raul Johnson

New Team Members

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

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Uruti Bush - Experiences of the Uruti Trappers

Experiences of the Uruti Trappers

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

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First Gas TKT Help the Kiwi Sponsor

First Gas Sponsorship

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.

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Egg Lift in the Waitaangas Celine Filbee Trust Manager

Egg Lift in the Waitaangas

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

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Popokotea’s Annual Health Check and Transmitter Change with Sian

Popokotea’s Annual Health Check and Transmitter Change

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

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Finding safe spots for kiwi

How can you find safe spots for kiwi?

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.

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Taranaki Young Farmers fund kiwi care

Taranaki Young Farmers fund kiwi care

Taranaki’s Young Farmers are playing a vital role in helping rebuild the region’s dwindling kiwi population. Two juvenile kiwi were released into Egmont National Park on Sunday as part of a Taranaki Kiwi Trust programme Taranaki’s Young Farmers’ clubs donated $600 to help cover costs associated with rearing one of the chicks. “It costs up to $1500

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Egmont National Park gains a Rock Star kiwi

Egmont National Park Gains a Rock Star Kiwi

The famed Taranaki kiwi that was born in a car earlier this year was one of two released into the wild over the weekend.  Rock Star, which gained its name due to its birth in the back of a car, and another juvenile kiwi were released into the Egmont National Park as part of a programme by

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