Pukaha News

Mapuna, third white kiwi, undergoes eye surgery

The third white kiwi hatched at Pukaha Mount Bruce has undergone delicate eye surgery at Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital.

Mapuna, the last of three rare white kiwi to be hatched at Pukaha since 2011, hatched with an incompletely formed tear duct. First diagnosed by Wildbase Hospital at Massey when very young, until now Mapuna has been monitored by Pukaha staff who have undertaken daily eye cleaning.

New Walk Through Aviary planned

We are now a big step closer to constructing a state of the art walk through aviary after receiving a grant of $250,000 from Trust House Foundation.

This grant will kick start fundraising for the $1.1 million dollar project which is designed to provide visitors to Pukaha  with an exciting experience – allowing them to get closer to native bird life and flora and fauna.

Rare Kokako counted in Pukaha forest

A very conservative count of 29 North Island kokako have been identified in a ‘walk through’ survey carried out by the Department of Conservation and volunteers in the Pukaha Mount Bruce forest.

“This is a fantastic result for Pukaha Mount Bruce as it shows our predator controls practices are working.  With a total of 16 of the 29 confirmed sighted birds being unbanded we think that the population is most probably more like 40 to 50 birds in the forest” says Bob Francis, Chair Pukaha Mount Bruce Board.