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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.

 

October 2020

He is settled in the Owhiwa Road pine block but not looking like nesting yet.  9.5 hours nightly activity.

September 2020

He is still settled in the Owhiwa Road pine block.  11 hours nightly activity. When I was looking for Hancock I found him in a shallow burrow by himself and took the opportunity to change his transmitter band – he was a fat 2650g (cf 2100g back in March) so he seems very happy leading the single life at this stage!

August 2020

Still settled in Owhiwa Road pine block.  11 hours nightly activity. He must start breeding soon!

July 2020

Still settled in Owhiwa Road pine block.  12 hours nightly activity.

June 2020

He is still well settled in the young pine block east of Owhiwa road, his nightly activity has gone back up to 11.5 hours.

May 2020

He is still well settled in the young pine block east of Owhiwa road, his nightly activity is slowly going down with the odd 7 hour night so hopefully he is thinking about nesting.

April 2020

He is well settled in the young pine block east of Owhiwa road, 12 hours nightly activity. Hopefully he is starting to think about breeding – Taonga was nearby when she dropped her transmitter.

March 2020

He is still in the young pine block east of Owhiwa road, 10.5 hours nightly activity. I did his tx change:  105.0 mm bill length- so is fully grown, 2100 g in weight and good condition. It was a nice quiet catch so hope this sets a trend for him – kiwi often learn from tricky catches and become increasing hard to catch – they aren’t dumb!

Teina March 2020

February 2020

Still in the young pine block east of Owhiwa road, 10 hours activity.

January 2020

Down the bottom of the valley with the young pine block east of Owhiwa road, 9 hours activity.

December 2019

Down the bottom of the valley with the young pine block east of Owhiwa road (Kelly Martin’s dog free property), 9 hours activity.

November 2019

Still in the young pine block east of Owhiwa road (Kelly Martin’s dog free property that has had a long term predator trapping program – so a good place to be), 10 hours activity.

October 2019

Still in the young pine block east of Owhiwa road, 10 hours activity. A kiwi was seen further up Owhiwa road at night, I checked Teina’s location the next day and he was still in the pine block so it is unlikely to be him – more good news for Kiwi Link.

September 2019

After going walk about from Parua Bay he has settled halfway down Owhiwa Rd in the young pine block there. Activity 10.5 hours.

August 2019

He has been walk about from Parua Bay to almost Franklin road and back to halfway down Owhiwa Rd. Activity 12 hours.

July 2019

Did his 6 monthly health check: 2175g, 104.8mm (his bill has stopped growing showing that he has reached adulthood at 4 years old) and is in good condition. In Ross’s pines on Taraunui road but has starting to move around a bit more. Activity 12 hours.

June 2019

He is still in the wetland in Ross’s pines, beside Taruanui road. Activity is 12.5 hours.

May 2019

He is in the wetland in Ross’s pines, beside Taruanui road,  Malaika is nearby. Activity is 12.5 hours.

April 2019

He has still mainly been hanging out in the release area at the Ross’s but has wandered a couple of times to Lamb road. Activity is 12 hours.

March 2019

He has mainly been hanging out in the release area at the Ross’s but has wandered a couple of times to Lamb road. Activity is 11 hours.

Kiwi release 2019

Teina the kiwi was one of the stars of our 2019 Backyard Kiwi community release held at Parua Bay where 490 people welcomed him and 3 other kiwi to the area. He quickly settled into the release area in the Ross’s pine block on Taraunui Road and spent 5 months there. He then wandered off heading westward all the way to the Kohinui Valley up near Franklin Road before heading back and settling in the pine forest east of Owhiwa Road. This is a great place for him to settle as the land owners have a professional trapper doing stoat control there and even more importantly have strict dog control on the property. We have high hopes that Teina will find a mate here and start breeding.

 

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