Help us bring kokako back to Taranaki
Our aim is to bring back the critically endangered kokako to Taranaki, with the first translocation planned for August 2016.
Kokako are especially vulnerable to predation therefore pests must be controlled if kokako are to survive in the Parininihi Forest (North Taranaki).
In order to ensure the safety of the returning kokako, intensive animal pest control needs to be maintained to keep rats, stoats, possums and goats to very low numbers.
We are well on our way to making this happen, but we need to keep laying out traps and our current focus is strengthening our boundaries and improving our track network.
Kokako were once abundant in Taranaki, however in1999 the last kokako, ‘Tamanui’ was removed from the Moki Forest (North Taranaki), on the understanding that his offspring would be returned once the damaged eco-system was restored and a safe breeding site established.
Tiritiri Matangi (Hauraki Gulf) has provided a safe haven for breeding and Tamanui’s descendants have multiplied.
With dedicated effort the call of the kokako will be heard again in Taranaki.
Any donation, regardless of the amount will help us towards achieving our goal of bringing kokako back to Taranaki, thank you for visiting our page!
Other ways to help:
A new children's book 'Tamanui, the brave kokako of Taranaki' has just been released, with all royalties being donated to Tiaki te Mauri o Parininihi Trust.
Books are on sale now at: ISite Museum Store Puke Ariki New Plymouth, Pohutakawa Books New Plymouth, Poppies New Plymouth, Paper Plus Stratford, Paper Plus Hawera. Books are available in English and Te Reo Maori.
Tiaki Te Mauri O Parininihi Trust was formed in 2012 to guide and support the work at Parininihi, and includes people from Ngati Tama and the wider community.
The trust aims to restore and protect the values of Parininihi, by undertaking a major long-term ecological management project that includes pest control, species recovery and translocations.
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Kokako translocation plans are well under way with consultation ongoing between various groups involved, including iwi and the Kokako Recovery Group. The Trust are still tracking to have catching and translocating from Tiritiri Matangi Island in August this year.
There is a lot of work to happen between now and then, with the last of the bait stations being filled in April and a survey will be conducted in May with DOC and the Taranaki Regional Council to ensure the Trust have reached their target of 1% or below 5% pests. Results from a recent Possum Survey conducted by the Taranaki Regional Council received positive results, with possum indices at 0.48% successfully reaching our target of 1% which makes all the hard work that is going in very rewarding.
We also received great news from Tiritiri Matangi Island, they have had a record 2015/2016 kokako breeding season and the Trust are hoping to receive up to 20 birds in August. This will also be helpful to Tiritiri Matanga Island as it will release some territory pressure.
If you would like to learn more about the project, please visit http://parininihi.co.nz.
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This page was created on 12 Nov 2015 and closed on 1 Aug 2016.