Pukaha News

Be a Junior Ranger at Pukaha these holidays

It's almost Easter school holidays so it's time to get your Junior Rangers signed up for Ranger duty! Pukaha can help keep the kids busy with our hands on, interactive school holiday programme.

Love Pukaha 2017

Pukaha's annual fundraising dinner is returning on Friday 28 April 2017.

Being held at the Copthorne Solway Park Masterton, it will be a night of fine wine, food and entertainment by the Shenanigans.

There will also be auctions, a raffle and mystery envelopes to be purchased on the night.  

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.

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.