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15/10/2021

Apprentices relish chance to protect birds on Taranaki Maunga

Seeing flocks of kereru whirring past as he works is a highlight of Mawena Bidois’​ new job as a pest controller​ on Taranaki Maunga. He’s one of four apprentices who started work with the Taranaki Mounga Project three weeks ago, and is full of enthusiasm for his new career. “This job gives me the opportunity…

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28/09/2021

Dog attack likely to have killed kiwi on Egmont National Park

A male North Island brown kiwi found dead on Mount Taranaki’s Puniho Track is believed to have been killed in a dog attack. DOC Taranaki Operations Manager Gareth Hopkins discovered the male adult kiwi wedged between rocks while out hiking last week. An autopsy found the bird suffered multiple fractured ribs and femur, along with…

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28/09/2021

Conservation millions also help Taranaki hapū and whānau

Ten million dollars of funding for conservation projects in Taranaki is also fostering hapū and whānau, say project leaders. Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan has announced $9.98 million from the government’s Jobs for Nature programme for 12 existing projects, creating 58 new jobs over three years. The projects include pest control, native revegetation, and protecting…

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04/09/2021

Students in lockdown can go on virtual field trip

Taranaki is the most likely New Zealand volcano to cause a national-scale impact in our lifetimes and a new virtual field trip will help prepare tamariki across Aotearoa to understand and cope with possible disruption. Prevailing winds could carry volcanic ash to Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty to disrupt air and surface transport,…

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30/07/2021

Kaitake Ranges ready to welcome new arrivals of kiwi chicks

Conservationists working in Taranaki are closely monitoring two kiwi eggs being incubated by recently released male birds in the Kaitake Ranges. The adult male kiwi were among 10 male and female birds released into the Kaitake Ranges in April and May. Taranaki Kiwi Trust operations leader Sian Portier​ said staff have been monitoring transmitters attached…

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14/06/2021

NZ on track for predator-free targets

A new report is giving hope to conservationists hoping to stem New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis It’s been five years since the Government launched its ambitious goal of ridding the country of rats, possums, and mustelids by 2050. The programme aimed to move from piecemeal local projects to a strategic nationwide approach for eradicating the three…

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14/05/2021

Rāhui on Taranaki Mounga lifted

The rāhui was lifted at 7 am on Friday 14 May and all operations and activities on the mountain can recommence. In respect for the passing of the two climbers near the summit last week, a rāhui had been in place since Wednesday 5 May. Ngā Iwi o Taranaki and DOC thank the public for respecting the rāhui, an important…

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29/04/2021

Kiwi returns to the Kaitake Range

TV One – Seven Sharp The return of kiwi after an absence of decades is thanks to the massive community effort to reduce predators numbers on the Kaitake Range. Watch the Seven Sharp article here. Fiona Gordon from Rotokare Scenic Trust, Tane Manu of Ngā Mahanga a Tairi and Sian Potier from the Taranaki Kiwi…

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10/04/2021

Kiwi milestone for Te Papakura o Taranaki

Radio New Zealand Six kiwi have been released onto the Kaitake range in Te Papakura o Taranaki / Egmont National Park where the call of our national bird has been absent for decades. The release is a milestone in a battle against predators on Kaitake being waged – for the most part – by a small army…

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10/04/2021

Kiwi coming back to Taranaki’s Kaitake Range

Taranaki Daily News A vanguard of three adult kiwi have been released into hills near New Plymouth as part of a historic reintroduction of the native birds into the area. Over the next few days 10 western brown kiwi will be released into the Kaitake Range near Taranaki’s famous Pukeiti garden. The range is close…

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07/04/2021

Jacinda the wētā discovered living on maunga Taranaki

Taranaki Daily News Jacinda has been found living on maunga Taranaki – no, not the Prime Minister, but an extremely rare type of wētā which is named after her. It is the furthest south that Hemiandrus jacinda has been spotted, and managers of the Te Papakura o Taranaki say it is proof efforts to trap predators within…

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