Waikohatu Scott, of Makaawhio runanga on the West Coast,
holds a Haast tokoeka kiwi before it was handed over to the
care of Orokonui Ecosanctuary and released into a burrow
along its kiwi track last night.
The rare kiwi was brought by road from Centre Island in Lake
Te Anau yesterday to its new home at the predator-proof
ecosanctuary, conservation manager Elton Smith said.
The ecosanctuary had been expecting three kiwi to arrive but
one was too underweight to be transferred and another was
unable to be extracted from its burrow.
The new kiwi joins the other 21 which had been released into
the ecosanctuary since 2010. Signs had been found the kiwi
were breeding, but how successful the birds had been would
not be known until an official survey was done with trained
kiwi dogs next year, Mr Smith said.