Pukenui Western Hills Forest Charitable Trust is happy to announce that after ten years of intensive management in Pukenui Forest our kiwi translocation spearheaded by trust chairman Max Hutchings has been approved by the Department of Conservation! This has been achieved in collaboration with Richard Shepherd a rangatira from the Ngati Kahu O Torongare hapu, Whangarei District Council, Northland Regional Council, and the Department of Conservation.

Approximately twelve of these kiwi will be arriving home in March 2018 and to celebrate this event a public ceremony is planned to be held at Maunu Primary School on Saturday the 17th of March to welcome the first of the kiwi back into the forest. The translocation involves the relocation of forty kiwi which were originally sourced as eggs or chicks from Ngati Hine rohe here in Whangarei before being raised to maturity on Motuora Island. They are planned to be transferred back from Motuora Island located in the Hauraki Gulf to
Pukenui Forest here in Whangarei over the next three years, further kiwi will be sourced from Matakohe/Limestone Island to supplement the population.

Prior to this release date a series of four public meetings are planned to be held in February at four venues within Whangarei. The aim of this is to engage the wider community about Pukenui forest, kiwi and the threat uncontrolled dogs pose to our kiwi. The dog message is of particular importance as dogs are the biggest killers of kiwi and any dog is capable of doing so. The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to never let dogs and kiwi meet in the first place which means not taking dogs into kiwi zones such as Pukenui forest.

These meetings are planned to be held at Kara Kokopu Community Hall, Hurupaki, Maunu Primary School and Whangarei Quarry Gardens. All members of the public are encouraged to attend,details regarding dates and times are to come in the following weeks.

If you are not a member of Pukenui Forest’s Facebook page please join and if you would liketo sponsor one of the twelve returning kiwi email pukenuiranger@gmail.com for details. All proceeds from this will go to Pukenui Forest Trust to aid