Pukaha News

Something new is emerging from the forest.......

Pukaha is launching a brand-new look and a special new "local's rate" for residents from Norsewood to Featherston.

To celebrate this exciting development, Pūkaha are holding a community open day full of fun, laughter and learning. There will be entertainment, nature-inspired craft stalls, free guided tours and plenty of fun activities from 10 am until 3 pm. Entry is by koha (donation).

Conservation Week 2018 is here!

 

Conservation Week is a New Zealand, Department of Conservation run initiative that takes place each year to encourage people to get involved in nature and help to take care of it.

Each year DOC works with community groups across Aotearoa to spread the conservation message. It’s a nationwide celebration of kiwis pitching in to help our native plants and animals. All over the country "kiwi" are encouraged to get involved by, going to a local Conservation Week event, doing an activity off your own back or donating to existing conservation programmes.

MĀORI LANGUAGE WEEK 2018

Māori Language Week- September 10th-16th  'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ 

Help us celebrate our foundation language of New Zealand-te Reo- This week it's all about just giving it a go. With our tips and resources you can have a go at purchasing your entry ticket in te Reo, ordering your coffee from the kākā cafe' and at all our daily wildlife talks, learn the Māori name for the species.

The Pukaha, National Wildlife Centre kiwi nursery is open for the season!

Tuesday morning Pukaha welcomed the 102nd kiwi chick to be hatched at the wildlife centre. Pukaha rangers and volunteers have collected four kiwi eggs from the Pukaha forest so far this season and have begun the very delicate and specialised incubation process in the kiwi house nursery. The rangers will carefully turn the remaining three eggs four times a day while maintaining the temperature at 35.5 degrees Celsius until they hatch.

PUKAHA AWARDED TOP QUALMARK AWARD

The Wairarapa has businesses leading the way in making New Zealand a world class sustainable visitor destination following recent recognition by Qualmark New Zealand.

Destination Wairarapa general manager David Hancock says State Highway 2 has turned gold following recognition by Qualmark New Zealand, an independent organisation that assess businesses to ensure they offer the highest quality experiences to New Zealand visitors.

Manukura the rare white kiwi is back at Pukaha, watch this space as there could be further vet visits.

Manukura, the rare white kiwi returned to Pukaha Mount Bruce on Friday May the 4th. Manukura had been at Wildbase recovery hospital since February after being diagnosed with a beak infection that had then entered her blood stream. Although there is no sign of the infection in any recent test, Manukura is still in recovery mode. At the moment she can be seen in the nocturnal kiwi house aviary at Pukaha Mount Bruce. There may be times Manukura will have to be away for on-going vet visits or small breaks from the nocturnal house aviary while she recovers.

Pukaha Mount Bruce Annual Fundraiser nets record amount

Pukaha Mount Bruce is thrilled to announce it has broken all records and hosted its most successful fundraising dinner - ‘LOVE PUKAHA’.  Over 250 tickets were sold to the annual event which was established to raise funds for Pukaha’s forest restoration programme. This year’s event raised $18,600 – a record sum since its inception.

Manukura the rare white kiwi can't attend her own birthday.

White kiwi Manukura, who made headlines around the world when she hatched at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre in 2011, will turn seven years old on Tuesday, May 1st.

Unfortunately, she will miss her birthday celebrations as she is unwell and being treated at Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital.

Pukaha's annual fundraiser-LOVE PUKAHA-Get's bugged!

Ruud Kleinpaste - a.k.a – “The Bug Man” will be “BUGGIN” Pukaha Mount Bruce over the school holidays in April.

On Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st Pukaha Mount Bruce gets “Bugged” by the world famous, Ruud Kleinpaste- a.k.a- The Bug Man.

Ruud is best known for his television and radio shows, including Newstalk ZB’s ‘Ruud’s Awakening’ that was a popular radio talk-back program for more than 27 years.
Ruud’s television highlights include Maggie’s Gardening Show, What Now? and Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel series –‘Buggin’ with Ruud’.

Paintings at Pukaha- Returns for a milestone-It's 5th year.

5th annual New Zealand Flora and Fauna art exhibition - Paintings at Pukaha, marks a milestone for annual fundraiser.

36 well-known local artists have created an exhibition of native flora, fauna and wildlife which will be on display at Pukaha Mount Bruce from March 30th until the end of July 2018.