Pukaha News

Kokako census show great improvement

Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre has completed a comprehensive survey of the kokako living in the reserve and the results have been impressive.

The intensive kokako census completed in October 2016 has identified 30 pairs of kokako currently living in the reserve with a conservative estimate of 9 other juvenile birds sighted during the survey.

Kokako takes title of 2016 Bird of the Year

Following some serious campaigning, the Kokako has taken out the title of Bird of the Year 2016, beating its closest rival the kea by over 1,000 votes.

With the only kokako in captivity living at Pukaha, the team at Pukaha Mount Bruce are excited and proud to be looking after Kahurangi.

We are pleased that we can offer our visitors the opportunity to see this beautiful bird up close. As an imprinted bird, she is usually keen to come to the front of her aviary to engage with visitors and she can often be heard wolf-whistling from the other end of the reserve.

Be a Junior Ranger at Pukaha these holidays

Join in with the team at Pukaha these school holidays and sign up to be a Junior Ranger!

Over the lond summer holidays Pukaha Junior Rangers is available every Wednesday in January from 11-3.  

Get in behind the scenes with our Rangers and learn about caring for our birds and our forest. We will look at our insects, plants and eco-systems. On your first Junior Ranger duty you will collect your Junior Ranger conservation action booklet. Completed conservation actions can earn rewards. You might even become a Pukaha Conservation leader.

Conservation Week 2016

The theme of Conservation Week this year is Healthy Nature Healthy People and throughout the country the Department of Conservation is working with its partners and the community, encouraging people to engage in nature and be part of the conservation team effort needed to keep our beautiful country in great shape.

At Pukaha Mount Bruce during Conservation Week (10-18 September 2016) we'll provide all the children who visit us with a Pukaha Ranger badge so that they can say that they are part of our team!

Free Flight Aviary open

Pukaha's newest attraction, the free flight aviary, was officially opened on Friday 20 May.

Now open to the public, the free flight aviary allows visitors to enjoy the birdlife in their own environment.

Walk through with the birds - see the whio on their river run and the pateke enjoying their pond. Watch for kakariki in the undergrowth and kaka clambering on the aviary roof.  Listen to the glorious songs of the korimako.  Tui and kereru will also soon be joining these birds in the aviary.

Birds released into free flight aviary

We are one step closer to opening our new state of the art free flight aviary, with the introduction of three bird species into the aviary on Thursday 12 May

Korimako (bellbirds), kaka and kakariki were introduced into the $1m aviary one week ahead of the official opening by Minister for Conservation, Hon. Maggie Barry on Friday, May 20th

NI Kokako by Paul Martinson

North Island Kokako by Paul Martinson - 2016

This limited edition print has been developed to support the conservation and forest restoration work being undertaken at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, New Zealand.

 Paul Martinson is known internationally for his detailed, lifelike paintings of New Zealand’s rare and extinct birds. He has exhibited widely and his work has been published in several books. His commissions include local and international postage stamps featuring birds.

Love Pukaha 2016

Pukaha's annual fundraising dinner is returning on Friday 29 April 2016.

Being held at the Copthorne Solway Park Masterton, it will be a night of fine wine, food and entertainment. There will also be auctions and raffles held on the night.  For a list of auction items click here.

To register an interest in any of the auction items, please contact Helen Tickner on helen@pukaha.org.nz or contact her via phone on 027 7700 020

Tickets are $95 each or $900 for a table of 10.

BioBlitz 2016 a success

Our first BioBlitz, held on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February, has been declared an outstanding success.

A BioBlitz is a scientific race against time to find, identify and record all the different kinds of plants, fungi, animals, invertebrates and other living creatures present in a specific search area, in this case a one square kilometre area of the Pukaha Forest.

Bring out your Wild Things this summer!

This summer is all about more green and less screen at Pukaha Mount Bruce.