Kiwi welcomed to Sanctuary
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The release of the Rowi kiwi to Kaipupu Point Sound Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday was for Mud House Brand Manager Chrissy Powlesland.
Despite the rather damp day, Chrissy was thrilled to be part of this event; the next step of the Sanctuary’s story.
The vision of the Sanctuary is to reintroduce species which would have originally been there, and now that the hard work of maintaining a predator free environment is done, birds and other native wildlife can be reintroduced.
First created in 2005, the Sanctuary is home of a raft of native birds such as kereru, tui, saddleback, South Island robins, and little blue penguins.
The arrival of the endangered Rowi kiwi is the start of a partnership with Kiwis for Kiwis, working with the Department of Conservation to provide temporary crèches, until the birds are old enough to fend for themselves.
Chrissy attended the public blessing ceremony alongside 100 people at Waikawa Marae, followed by a short boat ride across to the Sanctuary for the release of the Rowi Kiwi, which was attended by about 50 people.
She said the Sanctuary is such a beautiful place, and Mud House's ethos of Share a Taste for Adventure is well aligned with the aspirations of the Sanctuary and the hard work of volunteers.
Mud House has been a key sponsor since 2014. “It is such a credit to all the volunteers who have worked to make it happen and I know everyone at Mud House is so proud to be involved,” said Chrissy.
Hundreds of volunteer hours have gone into creating tracks across the peninsula to ensure all areas of the Sanctuary can be monitored. Pest monitor volunteers use wax tags, ink tunnels and traps to monitor and catch any predators, and a software programme developed by Auckland University helps to collate the data.
Thanks to Kaipupu Point for providing the above picture of Whetu the kiwi