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Thames Coast Kiwi Care

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Malcolm Macfarlane
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Tapu and Te Mata on the Thames Coast
Coromandel Peninsula
New Zealand

Protecting and enhancing Coromandel brown kiwi populations on the Thames Coast over 2,500 hectares of private and public conservation lands. This is the most Southern area for active kiwi protection on the western coast of the Coromandel.

35 volunteer trappers check 360 DOC200 and 250 traps 16 - 18 times a year.

A Co-ordinator (Malcolm Macfarlane) liaises with trappers, TCKC members, DOC and the public.

Starting in 2014, volunteers assist Auckland Zoo in the location of male birds fitted with transmitters and the harvesting of eggs as part of DOC's translocation programme for Motutapu Island and Rotoroa Island.

Summer visitor numbers swell in the Coromandel and TCKC and MEG run a campaign on behalf of all Coromandel kiwi to raise awareness for the threats dogs pose to kiwi. Visitors and bach owners are informed of measures they can take to ensure kiwi survival. Please contact the Co-ordinator if you wish your dog to undergo kiwi aversion training.


Zeagold Foods
Moehau Environment Group, Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group, Project Kiwi, DOC Hauraki, BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust, Kapowai Kiwi Care, Auckland Zoo, Habitat Tuateawa, Harataunga Kiwi Group, Mahakirau Forest Estate and DOC Auckland Area.

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