Posted on 21st November, 2016

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Katharine enjoying her birthday!

What a fabulous Tutukaka Land Care kiwi release! 300 odd people, some travelling from Auckland, came to see Milo and Komarohi the two male kiwi before being released on Tawapou Farm on Friday 18th November 2106. Not only was this day special because of the first kiwi being released on Tawapou Farm but it was also Katharine Bowden’s 88th birthday.

Todd Hamilton from Backyard Kiwi engaged151 keen Ngunguru school students and staff earlier in the day before a strong crowd of 300 odd joined the welcoming of the kiwi to Tawapou.


On 17th November 2017 we released another three kiwi, this time all females Sheryl, Henreeta and Tumanako all from Limestone Island.
Approximately two hundred and fifty people braved the cold windy evening to watch this special occasion. Two of these birds are transmitted and are tracked regularly, so far they appear to be settled near the release site at Tawapou, hopefully they will meet up with 'Kicker' who is also still in the same bush on Tawapou Farm that he was released into Dec 2016.

Just a week after being released at Tawapou the two young male kiwi chicks – Ko marohi and Milo are settling in near a small catchment full of gum trees with a nice raupo wetland in the valley floor just north of Tutukaka. At the speed they were walking locals thoughts they might make it to Schnappa Rock Cafe before long but then they slowed down. Perhaps they have heard or seen the mature kiwi living in the nearby valley and decided to rest a while. Favourite sleeping sites appear to be thick kikuyu and bracken fern but no doubt they are checking out the neighbourhood at nigh,t so please keep your dogs tied up and watch out on the road.

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Milo resting on Todd Hamilton's shoulder as he walks slowly around an eager crowd at Tawapou Coastal Natives.