Kaitiakitanga Program and Network
7.1.1a Kiwi Recovery Project (DOC) - Project Details:
Prince Andrew Releases "Princess Beatrice" a Kiwi from Whirinaki on Mokoia Island (some mis-spell as Beatrix)
See the Daily Post Report by Mike Mather 20th March 2007
What you will not find in the report is the Whakapapa (geneology) of this remarkable royal bird. The Maori name she was given at birth was pikopiko; because she was curled up and opened like the edible fern frond she was named after.
This is her birthplace in the Whirinaki. Here you see her father who had the job of sitting on the egg.
Her father's name is Pohatu ma (White Rock) so named because the stream catchment where they have their territory has a large and very unusual limestone (re-crystallised calcitite) outcrop on it. (We only discovered this when going to find these birds, so they really led our geologists there to take samples)
Her mother Whaia riri (Angry Bird) was so named because she does a good job of guarding the nest and makes loud noises to try to frighten enemies off. You can see that she has a very long beak which she uses as a weapon.
Here is a picture story that explains how one of our tamariki (a child) of those Kiwi parents we care for as part of our Ngati Whare whanau (family) in the Whirinaki Rainforest, has been adopted by British royalty.
Eggs from breeding pairs in Whirinaki are taken for hatching in Rotorua where they are raised until the are large enough to repel preditors like stoats, then returned.
time to go thanks mum
visit our friends at Tawhio Kura at Murupara on the way
The powhiri to welcome Kareao back at Te Kura Toitu o Te Whaiti Nui-a-Toi in Minginu
All the best Brother
The fence above keeps these sharp teeth out
See also the DOC Kiwi Recovery and information site:
And also report on plans for Kiwi recovery program
VISIT TAWHAOWHAO's NEW WHIRINAKI KIWI TRACKER BLOGSITE - click here
Outcomes expected: Kiwi sustainably re-established in Whirinaki
Start Date: Ongoing DOC project
Budget: DOC Project
Nominal Project Leader: Andy Blick , Minginui resident is contracted to look after this project in Whirinaki
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