They are keeping up their air of mystery but the kiwi at Orokonui Ecosanctuary are believed to be settling in well.
The eight kiwi released at Orokonui Ecosanctuary at the weekend have begun moving around their new home.
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 Baillie says.
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.
The translocation of jewelled geckos from Otago Peninsula to Orokonui Ecosanctuary has been declared a success, after almost two years.
A lack of co-ordination and communication between the multiple agencies with an interest in Hawkesbury Lagoon, north of Dunedin, and its surrounds is frustrating the community group trying to restore the habitat.
An academic award has been established at the University of Otago to remember Dunedin ecologist and conservationist Diane Campbell-Hunt.
Being able to keep general rates from rising and reduce the Dunedin transport rate while still being able to support new walking track projects deserves a slap on the back for the Otago Regional Council, chairman Stephen Cairns says.
Vandalism of Orokonui Ecosanctuary's predator-proof fence has left the enclosure vulnerable to pests on two occasions.
Groups seeking funding from the Otago Regional Council have been reminded of its policy to consider "tangible" projects rather than operational expenditure.
In the second week of April, 25 South Island robins from Douglas fir plantations on the flanks of the Silverpeaks were liberated at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary - another milestone for the project, as Neville Peat reports.
South Island robins, the "stars of avian entertainment", have been released into Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Dunedin and the Burwood Bush Takahe Rearing Unit, near Te Anau, may be added to the list of public conservation land protected from mining.