Waikohatu Scott, of Makaawhio runanga on the West Coast, holds the Haast tokoeka kiwi before it was handed over to the care of Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Photo Gerard O'Brien
A Haast tokoeka kiwi was handed over to the care of Orokonui
Ecosanctuary and released into a burrow along its kiwi track
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