Wild Ways

Camaraderie of the trap setters

Camaraderie of the trap setters

Alyth Grant goes out with a trapping team to find out what is involved in the ongoing fight against predators at Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Preparing a classic kiwi meal

Preparing a classic kiwi meal

Wildlife management student Leon Berard reports on his work volunteering at Orokonui, when extra help was needed to care for juvenile kiwi. 

Experience the natural world

Experience the natural world

Alyth Grant reflects on Orokonui Ecosanctuary as a place of experience and learning.

Orokonui graduates go wild

Orokonui graduates go wild

Kelly Gough describes the excitement of transferring the first group of juvenile Haast tokoeka from their temporary protected home in Orokonui Ecosanctuary's Kiwi Creche to a life in the wild.

The tale of a stoat

The tale of a stoat

Orokonui conservation manager Elton Smith tells the story of the 2015 battle against stoats at the ecosanctuary. 

Nest best thing

Nest best thing

Alyth Grant recently visited Bush Haven, near Invercargill, a private aviary run by dedicated couple Russell and May Evans. In the past couple of years they have raised and forwarded to Orokonui Ecosanctuary four young kaka now living there in the wild. 

Top results with tokoeka

Top results with tokoeka

The Orokonui Ecosanctuary kiwi creche is back in business. Four of the juvenile Haast tokoeka, which were temporarily removed after a stoat was observed in the ecosanctuary, are back and thriving. Alyth Grant heard their life story from DOC ranger Sian Bent.  

Bird feeders were never like this

Bird feeders were never like this

Many people put food out for the birds in winter. But at Orokonui Ecosanctuary supplementary feeding is a more complex affair.

A great leap forward

A great leap forward

Before endangered species can be moved to a safe haven such as Orokonui Ecosanctuary, some serious science has to be carried out. Zoology student Luke Easton is involved in a project assessing the feasibility of moving Hochstetter's frogs to Orokonui.

A fine feathered friend

A fine feathered friend

Sue Hensley tells the story of an Orokonui favourite , the kaka known as Mr Roto, who sadly died in an accident in late 2014.

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