News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Ears Primed for Kiwi Calls

Northland kiwi listening ears have been primed over the last few weeks as the annual monitoring season nears completion.

This is the sixth successive year that kiwi listening has been carried out in Northland and the information gathered will provide valuable information about whether the birds are still present at representative sites around the region.

The work forms a part of the Bank of New Zealand sponsored Kiwi Recovery Programme.

Northland is the last major mainland stronghold for North Island brown kiwi. Kiwi can still be heard calling throughout much of the region, a sound that has disappeared from many other parts of the country.

The monitoring programme, which always takes place in May OR June during the dark phase of the moon, involves people sitting quietly for two hours after dark listening for kiwi. The listeners are required to do this for four nights.

Northland advisory scientist Ray Pierce said the data collected is used to determine trends in call counts and therefore populations over time to find out about the responses of kiwi to different management regimes.

thirty sites spread out all over the region are being monitored with both Department of Conservation staff and trained members of the public doing the listening.

Dr Pierce said last year’s survey has showed that stable or increased call counts were coming from places like Trounson Mainland Island and intensive study sites close to Whangarei where management of predators and other pests was intense.

In areas where less management was taking place call counts were down in 1999 showing that a combination of pest control, community support and a high level of awareness about threats facing kiwi were the key to maintaining healthy kiwi populations.

Dr Pierce said this week’s announcement of additional funding for a kiwi zone near whangarei would enable populations to be more effectively defended

it is anticipated that the kiwi zone and other defended areas will increasingly be able to use new predator control methods identified in parallel research on mustelids

the kiwi zone is to include bream head and sites in the Purua-Motatau area where intensive study on factors influencing kiwi survival are being studied.

The results of this year’s kiwi monitoring are expected to be available in September.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
K Emma Ng's Old Asian, New Asian

This book, written by a young second-generation Chinese New Zealander, gives many examples of the racism that Asian New Zealanders experience. More>>