The eight kiwi released at Orokonui Ecosanctuary at the
weekend have begun moving around their new home.
After 130 years Dunedin residents finally have kiwi in their
KIWI 101: You will find them in the most inaccessible spots.
It is our national bird and New Zealanders are often
referred to as 'Kiwis', but what do we really know about the
Orokunui Ecosanctuary's work to help the survival of many
native plants has been recognised with a national award.
A young Dunedin business which believes in supporting its
community is organising a charity gala to raise money to
support the relocation of kiwi to Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
The saddlebacks released into the Orokonui Ecosanctuary last
April are breeding a month earlier than they had on their old
home on Ulva Island, ecosanctuary general manager Chris
It will be three years before the kiwi being transferred to
Orokonui Ecosanctuary will breed.
Up to eight of New Zealand's most endangered kiwi, the Haast
tokoeka, will be rehoused in Orokonui Ecosanctuary's
predator-proof enclosure from the end of next month.
Orokonui Ecosanctuary plans to develop its educational focus
by holding a series of themed talks by "eminent" local and
out-of-town speakers every year, Otago Natural History Trust
chairman Neville Peat says.
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