Pukaha News

Kids can run or walk to save the birds!

Wild Challenge Kids Run t-shirts

Kids can show their support for conservation by tackling the Pukaha loop track as part of the Wild Challenge Kids Run on Sunday September 27.

Lots of kids want to actively help out with conservation efforts and this is a great way for them to get out into our native forest as well. Kids don’t have to run the course - they can choose to walk or run. The Wild Challenge Kids Run is a participation event and by getting out into the forest kids can show that they support the restoration of a forest full of native species.

Pateke arrive at Pukaha Mount Bruce

Two breeding pair of Pateke (brown teal) have arrived at Pukaha Mount Bruce as an addition to the captive breeding programmes currently on site.

The four birds arrived at Pukaha last Friday and have already settled well into their new surroundings – so well that both females have already laid eggs

There are about 2,500 Pateke left in the wild and have a threat status as ‘recovering’ due to captive breeding successes.

National Conservation Award for Pukaha Chair

A National ‘Service to Conservation’ Award was presented to Pukaha Mount Bruce Chair Bob Francis at the annual New Zealand Zoo and Aquarium Association Conference held in Rotorua on 22 and 23 July. 

Mr Francis was nominated by general manager Helen Tickner for his dedication to conservation at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, in particular his ability to lead the Board from the position as Chair and also his fundraising skills.