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


Okarito Second Generation Kiwi Chick Hatched

Photo Caption: Chris Rickard with Dawn, the new generation kiwi from Okarito in South Westland

Department of Conservation media release

19 January 2001

Okarito Second Generation Kiwi Chick Hatched

A new generation of kiwi has hatched in the Okarito kiwi reserve in South Westland amid plans to create the largest stoat control operation in the world.

A tiny chick named "Dawn" is being hailed as the new symbol of success for Operation Nest Egg in Okarito.

Closeup of Dawn

The two-week-old chick is the offspring of "Inka", the first Okarito Brown Kiwi egg artificially incubated by the Department of Conservation.

In 1997 Inka set the pattern when his egg was rescued from Okarito as part the Bank of New Zealand sponsored Kiwi Recovery Programme. He was hatched in Hokitika and placed on predator-free Motuara Island in the Marlborough Sounds until large enough to fight off stoats back on his home turf. Now Inka has made further history by entering fatherhood with the distinction of being the first captive bird to successfully pair up in the wild in Okarito.

Chris Rickard from DOC said the new chick was named Dawn to reflect the "dawning of a new era" for the threatened population of about 200 remaining Okarito Brown Kiwi, also called rowi.

"We're rapt... with thirty other rowi raised through the captive programme progressively coming up to breeding age at Okarito the future is looking very good, we have potentially got thirty birds that could be breeding in the next few years." Mr Rickard said.

"This is a big thing for people here in Franz. It is the first chick to be produced by a bird that was captive reared it is a real breakthrough and the start of a new generation."

Dawn is currently being readied for the trip to Motauroa Island, but may be one of the last chicks that has to make the lengthy road and sea journey.

This is because DOC's Franz Josef Waiau Area Office is preparing launch what is believed to be the largest stoat control programme attempted anywhere in the world. Using part of a $387,555 package allocated under the Government's biodiversity funding the massive operation will turn the 10km square reserve into a stoat-free-zone using more than 2000 traps housed in specially designed wooden tunnels to prevent accidental kiwi capture.

An initial contract was awarded this week that will see all the boxes placed on the reserve ready for trapping contractors to start work before the next breeding season begins in June. "If this is successful then Dawn will be the last of the chicks removed from Okarito," Mr Rickard said.

Meanwhile, Ivory, one of the first birds fitted with a transmitter tracking device in Okarito has died of natural causes.

Kiwi have a life expectancy of up to 40 years and it is thought Ivory was an ageing bird when her transmitter was first attached.

DOC staff have compiled significant amounts of useful information on rowi since monitoring began in 1992.

The Government's biodiversity funding has allowed monitoring at Okarito to double.

For further information phone Chris Rickard 03 752-0796 or Ian Gill 03 755-4013ah

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: From Free Press to Fancy Dress - Spielberg's The Post

Stephen Spielberg's The Post is an opportune newsroom drama in which a corrupt Republican president wages war against the "liberal media," as its plucky proprietor risks economic and legal ruin to bring the Pentagon Papers to public light. Its true protagonist is publisher Katharine Graham, a stringently diplomatic businesswoman, reluctantly compelled to take an overtly political stance in the interests of democracy and freedom of the press. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Black Dog of Empire - Joe Wright's Darkest Hour'

On the eve of England's contorted efforts to negotiate its ignominious retreat from Europe and the chaotic spectacle of the Tory party ratifying its undignified departure from a union originally designed to prevent another World War, there has been a renewed appetite for movies about 1940. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Anger Begets Anger - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

For fans of what Ricky Gervais termed "number movies" (Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Ocean's 11, Se7en), Martin McDonagh's latest offering will be a welcome addition to the roster. The Irish playwright turned screenwriter and director has produced another quirky and darkly comic tragedy that evolves around the futility of anger and grief, retribution and revenge. More>>

Howard Davis: Sexting in George Dawe's Genevieve - Part I

Te Papa's permanent collection includes an enormous oil painting by the English artist George Dawe called Genevieve (from by a poem by S.T. Coleridge entitled 'Love') that was prominently featured in the 2013 exhibition Angels & Aristocrats. Compare the massive immensity of the bard's gorgeously gilded harp with the stubby metallic handle of the Dark Knight's falchion, both suggestively positioned at crotch-level. Dawe's enormous canvas invokes a whole history of blushing that pivots around a direct connection to sexual arousal. More>>


Ethnomusicology: Malian ‘Desert Blues’ Revolutionaries To Storm WOMAD

Malian band Tinariwen (playing WOMAD NZ in March 2018) are a true musical revolutionaries in every sense. Active since 1982, these nomadic Tuareg or ‘Kel Tamashek’ (speakers of Tamashek) electric guitar legends revolutionised a traditional style to give birth to a new genre often called ‘desert blues’. They also have a history rooted deeply in revolution and fighting for the rights of their nomadic Tamashek speaking culture and people. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland