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Good news…
This week we’ve been on beautiful Motuara Island in the Marlborough Sounds, collecting the young birds who’ve been growing up there in order to get big enough to defend themselves against stoats – their big killers in the wild. Now they’re over 1 kg we’re able to return them home to Okarito. Our trip got a whole lot easier when we discovered six birds cosying up in one nesting box ready for us to bag up and transport off the island.

baggin Rowi

Bad news…
One of our kiwi named Sweetcheeks was found dead by the roadside over the weekend. When you only have 350 birds, every death on the road is a tragedy. It serves as a reminder for those driving near kiwi sanctuaries, especially those driving at night, to please take care – that shape on the road could be the world’s rarest kiwi!

A kiwi road sign on Okarito Road

A kiwi road sign on Okarito Road

…And a flying kiwi?
A very special delivery flew across the Alps this week thanks to Air New Zealand and the friendly staff at Hokitika Airport. A young chick, discovered in a burrow when rangers went in expecting to find an egg, had a seat all to itself on the little plane. The chick was delivered into the safe hands of Cory-Ann, who reports it is doing well in the chick-rearing facility at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch.

A special kiwi gets a flight

A special kiwi gets a flight

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