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Thanks to an active intervention program, at Whangarei Heads we really do have kiwi in our backyard.

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Local kiwi profiles

A small sample of the kiwi at Whangarei Heads are monitored by radio to track their location and get information about growth, survival and breeding rates. Using Todd Hamilton’s historical notes, we’ve put together an online archive which tells the story of each of our monitored birds. Reading through the profiles, you’ll get to know each bird’s personality, and have a rare insight into the day to day lives of kiwi. You can also see our monitored birds and their history on a Google map.

Wally

Wally hatched in December 2006 at the McGrath’s farm at Purua. In the same nest was also Wally’s brother Lambert with their dad George.
Wally is named after Wally Lambert a farmer from many years ago who looked after the native bush on his farm where George now lives.
Wally was transferred to Limestone Island at 10 days old weighing only 260g.
Wheres Wally?
Wally has an extraordinary back story, he was monitored from 2006-2009, until he dropped his transmitter – miraculously 9 years – later Todd found him in a burrow with Mokopuna a young female released at Parua Bay in March 2018.

To find out about Wally’s early history – scroll right down to the bottom of this page and start at PART ONE, PART TWO  picks up 9 years later as we record his life from 2018 into the future.

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Darwin

Darwin was released at Mt Manaia as a mature adult in 2006. He quickly headed north, first to a scrub area at Kerr Road and then further north to a pine plantation at Campbell Road. After cruising around for a couple months he set up home at Lamb Road (the road behind the garage at Parua Bay Village).

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EB

EB is a male kiwi who was released at Dudin’s farm behind the houses at Mcleod Bay February 2015. He and two other kiwi (Kaha and Manaia) were welcomed to the Heads by a record crowd of 442 people – they made a good impression on folks and there were plenty of smiling people buzzing about seeing a kiwi in their backyard.

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Ross

The Parua Bay Wanderer

Ross hatched in “The Knight’s” nest at Riponui in September 2014 and was 300g in weight when transferred to the Limestone Island kiwi crèche 10 days later. He made himself at home on Limestone until we caught up with him spotlighting one night in February 2018, by then he was 3 and half years old and almost fully grown at 2425g in weight.

Ross starred at our community Backyard Kiwi release at the Parua Bay sports centre March 11 2018. Not only did he win the hearts of the locals he was also filmed as part of a Backyard Kiwi video about the release. He has been named in recognition of the Ross family who gifted the community the use of the land a Parua Bay for our Community and sports centre there.

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Whitu

Whitu was released at Jaggers’ pines on the East side of Manaia back in November 2005. He was an adult male weighting 2220g, had a bill length of 92.4mm and had come from Doc’s local ONE programme. He quickly moved over to Mt Aubrey and spent a few months at Little Munro Bay before heading up the hill to Leo Robinson’s place opposite the Manaia Club. He spent the next 2 years on the eastern side of Mt Aubry between the Manaia Club and Little Munro Bay.

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Pakipaki

This girl hatched in “CFU’s” nest at the Lovells’ farm at Purua in October 2015 and was transferred to Limestone Island at a weight of 280g and bill length of 45.7mm.

When we were spot lighting for candidates for release in early 2017 we caught up with her at Limestone Island. She had grown to 1680g and his bill was 101.2mm. Pakipaki was named by the Tuato’o family. She was part of our 2017 February kiwi release at McLeod Bay that was attended by over 400 locals and guests

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Teina

Teina hatched in Ray’s nest, on Lovell’s farm back in 2015. We transferred him to Limestone Island to grow up before bringing him to the Heads. He was only 265g when we moved him and it wasn’t until over 3 years later we caught up with him again. He had grown to be a healthy young adult male of 1950g and had a bill of 104.5mm (adult males have bills less than 120mm). Teina was named by BYK proud Supporter Lionel Sands in memory of Teina Terei.

 

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Awhi

Awhi is the daughter of the kiwi “Sir Ed” who we moved to Limestone Island way back in 2005. Her grandfather is “Johnny” from the McGraths’ farm out at Purua (Johnny was an excellent breeder but was killed by a wandering dog so it is good to have his genetics continued through Sir Ed, Awhi and others)

Awhi hatched in 2015 and was left on Limestone Island until we caught up with her again as a nearly fully grown kiwi in 2019, when we transferred her to Parua Bay for a community kiwi release. She was 2300g and had a bill length of 133.5mm.

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Malaika

Malaika – young female “Angel”

Malaika hatched in a nest, in a paddock, on Lovell’s farm out at Purua in the spring of 2017. She was 260g in weight at 10 days old when we transferred her to Limestone Island to grow up ready for a public release. Early in 2019 we caught up with her again and she was 1700g and looking like a young female kiwi. Kiwi are the slowest growing bird in the world and take 4-5 years to reach adulthood so she still had plenty of growing to do. Malaika means “Angel” in Swahili and was named by proud BYK supporter Fay Clayton.

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