Pukaha News

Manukura gets a new boyfriend- Introducing Frickleton

Pukaha has welcomed Frickleton. This handsome male kiwi has joined the Pukaha team from Willow Bank Wildlife Reserve to be a potential mate for the rare white kiwi at Pukaha, Manukura. You can see him in the kiwi house and hear all about him at our 12 pm daily kiwi talk. Frickleton's arrival does mean Manukura is away at Wildbase Wildlife hospital. As we are hopeful these two become a breeding pair it is vital we let Frickleton settle into the aviary and make it his space.

Kiwi eggs in the nursery at Pukaha Mount Bruce look set to produce a New Year’s chick.


 Pukaha Mount Bruce staff received a super Christmas present, two kiwi eggs from the Rimutaka forest park trust arrived late last week. One of the eggs has just started the hatching process with an internal pip in the egg. This kiwi egg looks set to hatch just in time for the New Year.

The eggs are now in incubators in the kiwi house nursery where Pukaha staff will carefully turn them every 4 hours until they hatch.

Takahē pair at Pukaha Mount Bruce will give breeding another go.

The rangers at Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre were disappointed to discover that the takahē eggs laid last month will not be producing any takahē chicks. Resident pair, Natural and Fomi have been sitting on what was believed to be one egg. The egg was discovered in October by a Pukaha ranger. The discovery of the egg, marked the first time there had been a takahē egg laid at the centre for over 20 years.