Kiwi to be released in Coromandel


Kiwi conservation group Project Kiwi Trust is working with sustainable forestry company Ernslaw One to build New Zealand’s Coromandel kiwi population.

Monday 3 February 2014 will see the release of two juvenile kiwi into Ernslaw One’s Whangapoua Forest Kiwi Block on the Coromandel Peninsula.

With an estimated 8-12 kiwi pairs already calling this block home, the decision to boost the kiwi population within the area over a short period of time was made by the forestry company after consultation with Project Kiwi Trust and the Department of Conservation. A captive-rearing programme will be invested in over the next three years to build kiwi abundance within the managed kiwi block with assistance from the Project Kiwi Trust, alongside ground-based trapping for stoats, ferrets and cats. After this time, the management of the block will be reviewed.

Ernslaw One’s investment will help to ensure more kiwi chicks survive through to adulthood. The company has also agreed to participate in biennial kiwi call surveys to monitor kiwi population trends and gather important data that will benefit kiwi conservation efforts nationwide.

Ernslaw One’s Whangapoua Forest manager Norbert Klein is looking forward to witnessing the return on the investment that Ernslaw One Limited has made in kiwi conservation over the last seven years.

Project Kiwi Trust Chairman Fraser Lampen says, "This is not only a great occasion for Ernslaw One but also for Project Kiwi as it marks another milestone in the history of the Project. The first mainland translocation for Project Kiwi, this partnership with Ernslaw One is sure to result in the best possible outcome for Coromandel kiwi in 2014 and beyond."