Annual Fundraising Dinner

Pukaha's annual fundraising dinner will be held on 28 April at the Copthorne Solway Park and Resort and organisers are hoping for a great turnout.

Tickets are $95 each (or a table of 10 for $900) and includes drinks, canapes, dinner and entertainment. There is also an auction with pieces including a photograph by Rebecca Kempton, a signed vinyl LP from Ladyhawke, dinner and a guided night walk for 10 people at Pukaha Mount Bruce and a signed jersey by Liam Malone.  Mystery envelopes and raffles will also be available on the night

How to get here

We are located on State Highway 2 between Masterton in the Wairarapa (approximately 30km) and Eketahuna in the Tararua district (approximately 10km).

This is toward the east coast, on New Zealand's North Island.

It takes about 2 hours to drive from Wellington and about the same from Napier. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive from Palmerston North.

Matariki at Pukaha

 

 

CELEBRATING MATARIKI

On Saturday the 23rd of June celebrate Matariki at Pukaha from 6.00pm. 

Enjoy a shared traditional hangi for Kai and then take a hosted night walk starting with an introduction to Matariki followed by a night time eel feed. We’ll listen for wild kiwi in the bush and visit the glow worms.

Return to the visitor centre for dessert and a hot drink to warm up while you enjoy a range of Matariki activities from Kapa Haka performances, flax weaving, and moko face painting. 

Manukura the rare white kiwi is back at Pukaha, watch this space as there could be further vet visits.

Manukura, the rare white kiwi returned to Pukaha Mount Bruce on Friday May the 4th. Manukura had been at Wildbase recovery hospital since February after being diagnosed with a beak infection that had then entered her blood stream. Although there is no sign of the infection in any recent test, Manukura is still in recovery mode. At the moment she can be seen in the nocturnal kiwi house aviary at Pukaha Mount Bruce. There may be times Manukura will have to be away for on-going vet visits or small breaks from the nocturnal house aviary while she recovers.

Pukaha Mount Bruce Annual Fundraiser nets record amount

Pukaha Mount Bruce is thrilled to announce it has broken all records and hosted its most successful fundraising dinner - ‘LOVE PUKAHA’.  Over 250 tickets were sold to the annual event which was established to raise funds for Pukaha’s forest restoration programme. This year’s event raised $18,600 – a record sum since its inception.

Manukura the rare white kiwi can't attend her own birthday.

White kiwi Manukura, who made headlines around the world when she hatched at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre in 2011, will turn seven years old on Tuesday, May 1st.

Unfortunately, she will miss her birthday celebrations as she is unwell and being treated at Massey University’s Wildbase Hospital.

Pukaha's annual fundraiser-LOVE PUKAHA-Get's bugged!

Ruud Kleinpaste - a.k.a – “The Bug Man” will be “BUGGIN” Pukaha Mount Bruce over the school holidays in April.

On Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st Pukaha Mount Bruce gets “Bugged” by the world famous, Ruud Kleinpaste- a.k.a- The Bug Man.

Ruud is best known for his television and radio shows, including Newstalk ZB’s ‘Ruud’s Awakening’ that was a popular radio talk-back program for more than 27 years.
Ruud’s television highlights include Maggie’s Gardening Show, What Now? and Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel series –‘Buggin’ with Ruud’.

Paintings at Pukaha- Returns for a milestone-It's 5th year.

5th annual New Zealand Flora and Fauna art exhibition - Paintings at Pukaha, marks a milestone for annual fundraiser.

36 well-known local artists have created an exhibition of native flora, fauna and wildlife which will be on display at Pukaha Mount Bruce from March 30th until the end of July 2018.

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.