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Kiwi returning to Hunua Ranges

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/03/2017

Kiwi are heading back into the Hunua Ranges, south of Auckland, after a decades-long absence caused by introduced predators.

An initial six North Island brown kiwi will be released into the wild on Friday at Kohukohunui in the Kokako Management Area (KMA).

The move follows an intensive pest-control operation in the ranges in 2015.

In all, 40 kiwi will be transferred from the Coromandel Peninsula over the next six years to establish a founding population.

Auckland Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore, who farms next to the ranges, says the pest control programme has been an ongoing success.

From a position where no kokako chicks fledged in early 2015, there have been record numbers this year.

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