In January and again in March Kiwi chicks were released on Motuora as part of the Auckland Zoo’s kiwi recovery programme. Kiwi eggs from Northland are incubated and hatched at the Auckland Zoo and when they reach about 300 gm they are released on Motuora (and some other islands and mainland refuges in the Auckland area). The March release on Motuora was the 250th young kiwi to be released by the Auckland Zoo kiwi recovery plan.
As Motuora is pest free and has an abundance of new bush the kiwi grow rapidly. Although the intention of the Zoo programme is to recapture these kiwi when they reach about 1 Kg so they can be returned to Northland many evade capture and have started to breed on Motuora.
This was the 249th kiwi and its release on Motuora was witnessed by the many campers holidaying on the island.