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April 2 2014 Nine Coromandel brown kiwi translocated to Motutapu
To assist with biodiversity Motutapu is steadily accumulating a number of Coromandel brown kiwi on this predator free island to back up the population in the Moehau area and the northern Coromandel. Once they have settled in we hope they will breed and more kiwi can be put back into Coromandel's safe areas.
It was a concerted effort from the people and sponsors of the Moehau Envirionmental Group who run trap lines through the forest as part of their care for these precious kiwi. A couple of days before the transfer with specially trained dogs and handlers they scoured the hills to find suitable birds to be relocated to Motutapu. They had to call in helicopters to get to some of the higher slopes. After checking the birds, nine were transferred by Navy Helicopter to Home Bay, Motutapu. A large group of visitors greeted the new arrivals which included adults and an eleven day old chick.
Following the powhiri the visitors walked to the release site and several of the birds were shown around so that absolutely everyone there could get a good look. The kiwi were then put into temporary tunnels and left to themselves.
Huge thanks to Department of Conservation, BNZ Save the Kiwi, Kiwis for Kiwi Trust, Bayer New Zealand, RNZ Navy and the many others who contributed to this wonderful day.