Critically Endangered Haast Kiwi Released on Pomona Island
The First Steps On the evening of Wednesday 26 October 2011, seven Haast Tokoeka were released on Pomona. This sub-species is listed as critically endangered and numbers around 370 birds in total. These birds are the first group of a planned population of 16 kiwi for the island. They form part of a distributed population based in three centres - Pomona Island, Coal Island in Preservation Inlet and Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Dunedin.
The kiwi were transported to Pomona Island on the Meridian Energy vessel, Mararoa. DOC staff and Trustees fitted transmitters to all of the birds before they were released by students from Fiordland College and volunteers from the local community.
The Trust will monitor the kiwi, using signals from the transmitters, at regular intervals over the coming months.
Details of the Kiwi Creche on Rona Island are here.