Our stand-out news has to be confirmation that bloodlines from kokako taken off Mt Pirongia in the 1990s are surviving today. One of the Pirongia males was part of successful captive breeding at Mt Bruce and the progeny was transferred to Kapiti Island and Tiritiri Matangi. We will be trying our utmost to return those descendants back to our maunga. A recent survey of kokako by DoC at Okahukura has turned up 45 pairs and 6 singles. 9 juveniles were also seen (this is a great
Ken Allen has been busy carrying out track maintenance in our 1000 ha pest control area. He has been hearing and seeing plenty of birds including robins and many riflemen. Expect some changes to our baiting days as the committee have been discussing ways to reduce our toxin use. We will try putting out less bait but top up more. We are also working out how best to time Pirongia baiting days so they don’t clash with those at Okahukura.