Friends of Rotoiti are involved with efforts to protect and enhance the kea population.

Kea guidelines from the Kea Conservation Trust  - click here to download a pdf

Kea assisting with work on the kea diversion project

Kea assisting with work on the kea diversion project - photo Drew Hunter

Announcing an exciting new project for kea in your community!

April 2018

Information from the Kea Conservation Trust

The previous kea project was a great success and with minimal funding input we had a number of fantastic outcomes to celebrate in the majority of the key communities involved: Te Anau/Fiordland, Queenstown/Wakatipu, Wanaka/Mt Aspiring, Aoraki/Mt Cook, Lower West Coast (Haast – Hokitika), Upper West Coast (Hokitika – Westport), Arthur’s Pass/Canterbury, Nelson Lakes/Murchison and Motueka/Golden Bay. For outcomes of this project please visit our website Community –Kea Project page - http://www.keaconservation.co.nz/projects/community-kea-project-plans/
 
We are now pleased to announce that we have received 3 years funding from DOC CF for our new project entitled Community – Kea Conservation Initiatives – Growth and Future Proofing (http://www.keaconservation.co.nz/projects/community-kea-conservation-initiatives-growth-and-future-proofing/ ). This project will develop local kea working groups in each of the 9 key South Island communities, to increase the depth and breadth of kea conservation work currently being undertaken. Funds raised by the previous project will be utilised and the partnerships developed, to kick start locally owned conservation initiatives and support for kea. We are already pulling together seed funding to help communities initiate these projects.
 

Some of the exciting projects we are looking to initiate this year will include removal of lead in kea and their local communities, monitoring of local kea populations and developing new kea education resources for local schools among others. Each of the projects will be decided on and with local input from each of the communities involved (and as outlined in each of the Project Plans already developed in collaboration with you all over the past 2 years).
 



Kaka

Friends of Rotoiti volunteers assist DOC in monitoring and assisting with kaka research and protection.

KAKA CHICK TRANSMITTER TRIP

2 January 2019

Friends of Rotoiti members Wayne Sowman and Peter Hale accompanied Jen Waite and Corey Mosen (DOC) and Ron Moorhouse (Wildlife Restoration Manager Project Janszoon) on a trip to attach radio transmitters to kaka chicks. This is part of ongoing kaka research at Nelson Lakes to investigate chick survival and dispersal patterns as well as to locate active and new nesting sites. It is intended to fit all trees with active nest sites with aluminium bands above and below the entrance hole to protect the chicks as well as the all-important nesting females.

To read the full report click here

On location at the nest tree , fitted with protective metal bands.

On location at the nest tree , fitted with protective metal bands.

Heading to the back door of the nest

Heading to the back door of the nest

Fitting the leg band

Fitting the leg band

Fitting the harness and transmitter

Fitting the harness and transmitter

Chicks resting after having the harness fitted.

Chicks resting after having the harness fitted.

Ready for return to the nest

Ready for return to the nest