Date: Wednesday, 01 September 2010
Posted by: Coal Island
Tags: kiwi

On the 16th of December the vision of creating a safe haven for endangered species became reality when 7 Haast Tokoeka were released on Coal Island. The 7 kiwi released were the first of around 30 that the Department of Conservation expect to release on the island over the next two years.

These kiwi started life in a sanctuary on the West Coast and were raised in a DOC facility in Canterbury. They were later transferred to Rona Island on Lake Manapouri where they awaited the final leg of their journey to Coal Island. At one year of age they have grown to about 2/3 of their adult weight and are not expected to breed for another 3 years. The release included 6 males and 1 female. The young kiwi were raised as part of the Bank of New Zealand Operation Nest egg project and the Rona Island habitat is part of the Pomona Island Trust project on Lake Manapouri.

The release was attended by a number of Trustees, volunteers, sponsors, members of the DOC Haast Kiwi Team, sponsors and media.