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  • Update from the forest during Covid-19     8 April 2020
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    Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, Pūkaha is unable to open it's doors to the public.

    Rest assured our wildlife continues to be looked after by our wonderful rangers.

    During this time we would appreciate your help to feed our wildlife. Even small amounts make a huge difference.

    For example:

    $8 feeds a kiwi chick for a week

    $60 keeps a trapline secure and maintained

    $90 feeds a kākāriki and kākā family for a month

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  • Spring is coming!     7 August 2018
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    Kia ora!

    With the weather getting warmer, a lot of our birds have started to show signs of breeding. The first to nest are our awesome patake, brown teal pair in the free flight. Last check in saw 8 eggs!

    Thanks to your generous donations, we can continue our vital conservation work for endangered native birds.

    Bring on the sunshine!

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  • Kiwi Release     11 March 2018
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    Today was a very exciting day at Pukaha! Turua, our kiwi from the nocturnal house was released into the reserve. A fan favourite, Turua has been seen by many people calling Manukura our white kiwi, stomping on logs and chasing insects around the enclosure that our rangers have spent all morning also trying to catch!

    After spending a few years with Manukura, it was finally accepted that love was not in the air, and Turua moved outside. He spent a few months in a pre release enclosure, testing his 'wild' skills out before the big date! Now all he has to do is find a female! (We may know of two single ladies near his new home, so lets see!)

    Manukura now shares her home with Frickleton, a fiesty male who has been busy checking out her home and calling her, listening out for interest- so watch this space!

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  • Welcome New Donors!     28 February 2018
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    Kia ora!

    It has been a busy season here at Pukaha, from 5 kiwi chicks hatching in our nursery, to the rare endangered shore plover successfully raising 7 chicks!

    We also welcomed two new Eastern Brown Kiwi to our reserve, 'Chur' and 'Bro' (our handsome fella smiling in the photo). It is hoped that these two will pair up and help contribute to the kiwi population that is falling at a rate of 2% per year.

    Next week will also be an exciting time for staff and the whio, blue duck population. The last 6 'whio'lings of the season are ready for release. They will be joining their older siblings from the first clutch, as well as 20 others from around the country, bringing the population to around 2,500.

    We cannot do this work without the support of people such as yourself, so a massive thank you goes out from us, the Pukaha Team, and all of New Zealand's rare and native wildlife.

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  • Exciting things happening at Pukaha     1 April 2015
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    We are looking forward to our Paintings at Pukaha exhibit. A free exhibition of native NZ flora and fauna by well known artists.

    All the paintings are for sale with proceeds going to the Forest Restoration Fund. We are truely grateful to the artists and organiser, Viv Walker, for their support

    Our annual fundraising dinner, Love Pukaha, is on 24 April 2015 at the Copthorne Solway Park Resort Masterton. Dinner, drinks and entertainment at just $95 a ticket. Plus great auction pieces and raffles too.

    So where's all the money going that we raise at these events? Straight into our forest restoration fund. We spend over $140k each year making the Pukaha forest as safe as possible for our native species. But it's a constant task (which we are happy to do!!) and we must always do our best to keep them protected. The staff at Pukaha were recently delighted to see a juvenile kokako outside one of our aviaries - bred in the wild! What a great result.

    Do come and visit - we'd love to see you at Pukaha. And for those who have made donations a HUGE thank you as every little bit makes an incredible difference.

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