1000 Pair of Kiwi by 2020
In 2005 we started with a goal of having 500 pair under predator protection. We achieved this in 2012. A further goal was then set at 1,000 pair by 2020 within our current project area. In 2018 we completed a large scale population survey and it was confirmed we have over 4000 kiwi, and it is growing at a rate of 9% per annum. We are thrilled with these results but realise we cannot rest on our laurels.
Kiwi are now spilling out of our protected area. A new aspirational goal is to create the kiwi connector which will create a halo from State Highway 3 to State Highway 43. This will protect these kiwi that are naturally dispersing from our protected area. We will continue the great work to provide a place for kiwi to thrive.
Pekapeka at Pūrangi is our long tailed bat project. This was a pilot project implemented with Kaimata School. Our research to date is based at our field centre at Pūrangi and involved assessing a number of sites around the buildings, the walkways and in the Otunahe reserve. Acoustic recorders revealed a high amount of bat activity in all areas. Some were in the early evening indicating bats are roosting in the area, whereas others had activity in the early hours of the morning, indicating this was their flight path. We are now looking to use the results of this study and expand it at a higher tertiary level to learn more about these native mammals.
Since 2012 we have been working towards establishing a population of kōkako at Pūrangi. In 2018 we reintroduced 20 kōkako from Hauturu (Little Barrier Island). Kōkako were last seen in East Taranaki in 1989. We have a well established network of traps for predator control on 1000 hectares for rats, stoats and possums. In the coming year we expect to introduce another 20 birds to establish a founder population of 40 birds.
When we have the resources we will be studying what’s in our rivers and creeks. We have a fantastic list of species which have been spotted.
A myriad of plant with some unique fauna present within the project area, identifying and preserving is one of our further agendas for conservation within the area.
We are always on the lookout for research capabilities, whether from individual researchers or universities wishing to use or project area for their projects. For further information, please contact the team.