Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Kiwi safe haven to host kiwi book launch


Kiwi safe haven to host kiwi book launch

On Thursday 7th December, Wellington’s world-first Karori Wildlife Sanctuary will host the launch of leading natural history writer Neville Peat’s latest book.

Kiwi: The People's Bird tells the story of the nation-wide community efforts to protect this remarkable creature, and explores its biological oddities and symbolic status. Peat has been following the kiwi's fortunes for twenty years, working in the field with scientists and writing two previous books on the bird.

With a population of around 100 little spotted kiwi living just minutes from the centre of our capital city, Karori Wildlife Sanctuary provides one of the best opportunities to experience our national icon it its natural environment.

Being home to such an accessible, well-protected population of kiwi makes the Sanctuary the obvious choice for the book’s launch. The People’s Bird features the release and progress of the first 20 little spotted kiwi transferred to the Sanctuary from Kapiti Island in 2000, and the subsequent release of another 20 birds in 2001.

The birds aren’t actively monitored, but call counts and evidence of breeding every year suggest the population probably exceeds 80 birds now. The Sanctuary is the only place on mainland NZ where this kiwi species can be seen in the wild (it became extinct on the North Island over 100 years ago).

Nocturnal tours of the Sanctuary provide one of the best opportunities to experience our national icon it its natural environment, and are a unique addition to the capital’s famous nightlife.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 


NIWA: Tonga Eruption Discoveries Defy Expectations
New findings from the record-breaking Tongan volcanic eruption are “surprising and unexpected”, say scientists from New Zealand’s National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)... More>>


Commerce Commission: Appeals Record $2.25m Fine In Vodafone FibreX Case

The Commerce Commission has filed an appeal in the High Court against a record $2.25 million fine imposed on Vodafone NZ Limited (Vodafone) for its offending under the Fair Trading Act during its FibreX advertising campaign. While the sentence imposed in the Auckland District Court on April 14 was the largest-ever fine under the Fair Trading Act, the Commission will argue that it is manifestly inadequate... More>>



All District Health Boards: Historic Pay Equity Settlement

An historic agreement has been ratified that addresses a long-standing undervaluation of a workforce that is critical to the smooth running of our hospitals and the delivery of healthcare... More>>




Finder: RBNZ Survey: 64% Of Experts Say Rising Inflation Will Push More Kiwis Into Debt

Soaring inflation and cost of living pressures will see many households pushed to the financial limit, according to experts... More>>



Barfoot & Thompson: Rents Up By Around 3% In Most Areas

The average weekly rent paid for homes in most areas of Auckland has risen by around 3 percent year-on-year. The figures for end March from more than 16,000 properties... More>>


DoC: Smeagol The ‘Gravel Maggot’ Leaves Its Rare Mark On The Remote West Coast
An extremely rare species of sea slug or ‘gravel maggot’ has been detected for the first time on a remote beach in South Westland... More>>