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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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Pakipaki

This guy 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 him at Limestone Island. He had grown to 1680g and his bill was 101.2mm. Pakipaki was named by the Tuato’o family. He was part of our February kiwi release at McLeod Bay that was attended by over 400 locals and guests

November 2018

This month she returned to the pampas by the Manaia Club.

October 2018

After 18 months in McLeod Bay she has moved over to Taurikura by the School. The school are very happy to have another kiwi neighbour.

September 2018

I couldn’t get a signal for her for a few weeks in her usual area at McLeods Bay but then searched wider and found her beside the Whangarei Heads School – down in Dallas’s territory. She is now 3 years old and must be out looking for a boyfriend.

August 2018

Back in the pampas by the Manaia club again. Activity mainly high.

July 2018

Back at the horse paddock in McLeods again. Activity mainly high.

June 2018

Back at the horse paddock in McLeods again. Activity mainly high.

May 2018

In pampas below the Manaia club. Activity mainly high.

April 2018

In pampas below the Manaia club. I did her annual transmitter change, she has grown to 2050g, bill length of127.2mm – no sign of mate yet.

March 2018

Still in the horse paddock in McLeod Bay. Activity is high.

February 2018

Has moved from the pampas by the Manaia Club back down to the horse paddock in McLeod Bay. Activity is high.

January 2018

In the pampas below the Manaia Club, 9.5 hours activity.

December 2017

He/she has moved back to the pampas in the Horse Paddock opposite the Fire station. 9.5 hours activity.

November 2017

In the pampas below the Manaia Club- near the emergency helicopter pad. Jack helped me do his 6 monthly check, he was 2050g and had a bill length of 118.8mm so it looks like he is in fact a she! . Girls have longer bills but because kiwi are so slow growing it can take a few years to confirm their sex.

October 2017

In the pampas below the Manaia Club- near the emergency helicopter pad. Activity of 10 hours.

September 2017

In the paddock below the Manaia Club. Activity of 11 hours.  At almost 2 years old Pakipaki is not ready to breed yet.

August 2017

In the paddock below the Manaia Club. Activity of 11 hours. This guy is still growing and at almost 2 years old not ready to breed yet.

June July 2017

Moving between the  “Horse paddock” and the Manaia club at McLeods Bay. Activity of 11.5 hours.

May 2017

Time for his 3 monthly transmitter band check – he is still growing so we check young kiwi more often than the usual 6 month check for adult kiwi. He was at patch of gorse in the paddock below the Manaia Club. He now has a new transmitter band. He was a healthy 1725g and his bill had grown to 108.9mm

Gorse patch where Paki Paki hangs out

w-Paki Paki-Mcleod Bay

Find Paki Pakiw-Paki Paki-in kikuyu

April 2017

In the paddock below the Manaia Club.

March 2017

Still in the horse paddock. 9.5 hours activity.

February 2017

Two days after release Pakipaki was right down in the middle of the houses at McLeods tucked up in a pampas bush by the road.

February 2017

Kiwi Release at McLeod Bay Paki Paki  gets a fond farewell from many many well wishers as he sets of on his new life at Whangarei Heads

Cathy Tuato’o Ross with Paki Pakiw- Cathy

Paki Paki at the release sitew-17-Paki Paki_1838


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