Pukaha News

Celebrating our 100th chick

Pukaha is very proud to be celebrating the 100th chick to be hatched at the National Wildlife Centre since it began participating in the national Operation Nest Egg programme in September 2005.

MB100 hatched on Friday 17 March in the nursery and staff will be celebrating with the community from March 26 to April 3.   MB100 will remain in the brooder off display until March 26 when it will have its initial 12 noon feed.  This is to allow it time to absorb its yolk from the hatch. It will be fed in the nursery daily at 12 noon from March 26 to Monday 3 April.

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.

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.

BioBlitz at Pukaha

The "Bug Man", Ruud Kleinpaste will be joining schools, community, volunteers and Pukaha Mount Bruce staff on February 26 and 27 to undertake a BioBlitz at Pukaha.

A BioBlitz is a biodiversity inventory and Pukaha is inviting the community to come and join in.

We are looking for people with an interest and passion for ecology - whether it's insects, invertebrates, plants, fungi or birds. Community volunteers will assist with collecting specimens, logging data and will also have the opportunity to spend time with Ruud in the Pukaha reserve.

Ducklings Galore at Pukaha

Pateke family

We are having a wonderful breeding year for our ducklings so far at Pukaha. 

Our Pateke have each successfully hatched 6 ducklings giving us an  even dozen ducklings.

Our Whio have raised 3 ducklings so far, with another 4 eggs close to hatching.

So far our red-crowned kakariki have been slow to breed but after triple clutching last year we think that they are taking their time this year.

Wairarapa Garden Tour Tickets sold out

Organisers of the Wairarapa Garden Tour, a fundraiser for Pukaha Mount Bruce, say that for the first time since the Garden Tour was first organised in 2010, it has sold out.

Breadcraft Wild Challenge this weekend

The organisers of the Breadcraft Wild Challenge and Wild Challenge Kids Run are putting together the final details for this Pukaha fundraising event and are calling for those people who may still be thinking about entering to get their entries in by Friday.

Racebags and goodie bags are being collated and while organisers are happy for kids to turn up on the day to register for the Kids Run, they need to be aware that if they haven't pre-registered, their goodie bags won't contain a T-shirt - although one will be sent out to them after raceday.