Kiwi Birdlife Park wildlife manager Paul Kavanagh prepares
to put kiwi Nyoni into a travel box for the journey to
Pukaha Mt Bruce, in Wairarapa. Photo by Christina McDonald
He has called Queenstown home for 12 years but North
Island brown kiwi Nyoni left the resort yesterday for a North
It is hoped Nyoni will follow the same path as another male
kiwi released into the wild from the Kiwi Birdlife Park and
help produce offspring.
Three and a-half years ago, the park released Wairuakiwi into
the Rimutaka Forest Park and, thanks to a radio collar,
Wairuakiwi is known to have become a father three times last
year and another couple of times in the years before, Kiwi
Birdlife Park wildlife manager Paul Kavanagh said.
Nyoni played a role in the success of female chick Tuku, when
Tuku's father refused to incubate the egg.
Nyoni became the ''foster dad'' to the egg and Tuku's father
came in for criticism from park staff for behaving like an
immature teenager after using the egg as a pillow or
footrest, instead of incubating it.
Tuku was released into the Maungataniwha Sanctuary in
northern Hawkes Bay in 2012.
The Kiwi Birdlife Park had a breed-for-release philosophy and
Nyoni stayed on for a longer period only because of his
genetic make-up, Mr Kavanagh said.
Because many of the surviving kiwi were in controlled areas,
''you have to be careful'' about which kiwi were released
into the same area, Mr Kavanagh said.
''We have to prioritise genetically important kiwi,'' he
Nyoni was flown from Queenstown yesterday afternoon on his
way to his new home.