Stage one – stocking kōhanga
Step three – lifting the eggs
Step three is perhaps the most delicate stage of the operation. Once an incubating kiwi is identified, a plan is made to lift the egg or eggs from the nest. This involves ensuring we have the right people to lift and transport the egg to a hatching facility.
Kiwi nests can be up to a metre underground and it’s essential to ensure that the egg is treated extremely carefully to keep the air cell intact. It takes patience and a delicate touch to remove eggs safely from a nest.
When it has been taken out, the egg is checked to make sure that it is healthy.
The egg then has to be carefully packaged into a transport box, often a chilly bin, carried back out of the bush and sent on its way to the hatching facility. Having a driver lined up at this point is crucial as the eggs need to reach the hatch facility within around 12 hours. Once again, this is often done by volunteers.