Haast Tokoeka

Rona Island - a Kiwi crèche
Kiwi chicks are very susceptible to predation by stoats and without outside help a high percentage of kiwi born in the wild do not make it through to adulthood.

Since December 2008, Rona Island has been used as a crèche site for the critically endangered Haast tokoeka kiwi. As part of Operation Nest Egg (ONE), eggs and chicks are removed from the kiwi sanctuary at Haast. The eggs are hatched at the West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef. The chicks are then transferred to Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Dunedin as part of a "soft release" programme. Once the kiwi are able to fend for themselves they are released onto Rona Island where they stay until they are big enough to fight off their main predator - the stoat.

After spending up to a year on Rona, the now juvenile kiwi are either transferred back to the kiwi sanctuary at Haast or are moved to kohanga kiwi sites such as Pomona and Coal Islands.

Since becoming a crèche site, Rona has been the temporary home to over 90 kiwi.

Pomona Island - a kohanga kiwi
In 2011, Pomona became a kohanga kiwi site for Haast tokoeka. The island is a permanent home for 19 kiwi as an "insurance population" for  this critically endangered kiwi species. Once the birds on Pomona start breeding there, their offspring will be transferred back to the sanctuary at Haast.
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Haast Tokoeka

Rona Island - a Kiwi crèche
Kiwi chicks are very susceptible to predation by stoats and without outside help a high percentage of kiwi born in the wild do not make it through to adulthood.

Since December 2008, Rona Island has been used as a crèche site for the critically endangered Haast tokoeka kiwi. As part of Operation Nest Egg (ONE), eggs and chicks are removed from the kiwi sanctuary at Haast. The eggs are hatched at the West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef. The chicks are then transferred to Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Dunedin as part of a "soft release" programme. Once the kiwi are able to fend for themselves they are released onto Rona Island where they stay until they are big enough to fight off their main predator - the stoat.

After spending up to a year on Rona, the now juvenile kiwi are either transferred back to the kiwi sanctuary at Haast or are moved to kohanga kiwi sites such as Pomona and Coal Islands.

Since becoming a crèche site, Rona has been the temporary home to over 90 kiwi.

Pomona Island - a kohanga kiwi
In 2011, Pomona became a kohanga kiwi site for Haast tokoeka. The island is a permanent home for 19 kiwi as an "insurance population" for  this critically endangered kiwi species. Once the birds on Pomona start breeding there, their offspring will be transferred back to the sanctuary at Haast.
Photo: Barry Harcourt
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