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Ocean Beach Kiwi Release

March 22, 2016

Despite the poor weather predictions we managed to have a very pleasant and well attended Kiwi release on Tuesday afternoon!! The rain stayed away but 120 people did turn up to Dave and Pauline Asphin’s property to enjoy an awesome release! Todd Hamilton from Backyard Kiwi did another epic presentation to the crowd and they all came away fizzing and with a full understanding of what is needed to restore Kiwi numbers.

Bernie Buhler of Matakohe/Limestone Island helped all day again too and his infectiously bubbly enthusiasm won the crowd over also. One of the Kiwi was named In honour of Steve Westgate (who was in attendance) for his many years of work with the Trust as ecological advisor and trustee, it was just so good to have Steve there and we now have another reason to keep a connection with him!! Geoff Pike from BHCT gave a very wise and wonderful speech about the work of our Trust, taking this opportunity to thank our amazing volunteers. Thanks to those who helped marshall cars, make signs and manage the public…it all went very smoothly indeed.

To our new Kiwi, wiggles and Steve…good luck, live long and produce many beautiful offspring!! A big thankyou also to the main funder of the releases at Whangarei Heads…Kiwi for Kiwis. And thank you also to Kiwi Coast (Ngaire Tyson) for your ongoing funding and very valuable support.

Adam Willetts, BHCT Ranger.

Expectant onlookers waiting for the birds to emerge.

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