In late September, Lynley McKay and I (from the rūnaka office) were privileged to accompany the Department of Conservation (DoC) staff on the translocation of four Haast Tokoeka Kiwi from their crèche island. DoC estimates there are only about 400-500 of these kiwi remaining.

The team had undertaken disease screening on the kiwi in preparation before moving the small number of last season’s chicks to a Kōhanga Island. These birds weigh between 1000 and 1500 grams, and at this weight they should be large enough to protect themselves against predators [Read more…]