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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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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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