Motuora Kiwi find new home in Kaipara

12 Motuora Kiwi have now been transferred to Mataia in Southern Kaipara.

Last month a team of 11 people spent a long night chasing kiwi with limited success. The goal was to catch 14 birds for transfer, but in the end only 5 were caught. These birds were released in front of a huge crowd at Mataia celebrating the return of kiwi to the Kaipara area after a 50 year absence.

Last Monday night a small group of 5 of us went out to try and collect more birds for the Mataia restoration project. The birds proved a little easier to catch and 8 birds were taken off the island, 7 of which were released at Mataia on Tuesday.

The collection team from Monday