Pukaha News

Two new white kiwi hatch at Pukaha!

Last week one of the DoC rangers who regularly monitors the kiwi at Pukaha Mount Bruce found not one, but two white kiwi in a burrow at Pukaha Mount Bruce. This brings the number of white North Island Brown kiwi to be hatched at Pukaha since 2010 to five.

Love Pukaha, love kiwi

In keeping with our theme of Love this February, we're pleased to announce the arrival of "Valentine" who hatched at Pukaha at 6pm on Saturday 14 February 2015.

Valentine will remain in a warm brooder for the next 5 days until he is ready to be introduced to food. He will then be fed daily at 12 noon until he's reached his hatch weight.  As participants in Operation Nest Egg, Pukaha kiwi are creched until they reach 1.2 kilos and are then placed into the Pukaha Mount Bruce forest.

Valentine hatched from the 85th kiwi egg brought into the Pukaha nursery since 2005.

More Kiwis tagged in the forest

In an attempt to keep track of more male kiwi in the Pukaha forest, we recently had Jo Sims and her kiwi tracking dogs Maddie and Rua on site.  They found a very interesting juvenile kiwi we've nicknamed "Patchy" and you can see why by the photo!