During 2017 and 2018 the Trust built Koru Native Wildlife Centre in Linkwater, between Havelock and Picton. This has been made possible with funding from our major sponsor New Zealand King Salmon LTD, and also financial input of the Lottery Grants Board and Rata Foundation. The Trust believes public education and engagement with conservation is key to ensuring the survival of New Zealand’s many rare and endangered species and their habitats. By being more accessible to the public, it is hoped Koru Native Wildlife Centre can contribute more effectively to that education in a fun, and inspiring way.
In January, 8 of our Yellow-crowned Kakariki chicks were released at the Abel Tasman National Park– Project Janszoon.
Another 8 chicks have left the nestbox, however they may be used to create new pairs for the next breeding season.
Today we had our first 17 Giant Wetas released on a nearby island in the Marlborough Sounds.
Two Open Days and three more beautiful birds, plus dozens of young giant weta nymphs!
Open Days and group visits are organised on a regular basis.
If you would like to spend an enjoyable boat cruise in the Marlborough Sounds and visit our wildlife park, the Tui team creates an entertaining day programme.
We’ve had a very busy year and been involved in a lot of projects:
Liam and Kendall making progress on the fence
We have been allocated funding to purchase and maintain self-setting traps by the Community Conservation Partnership Fund. This will make our rodent control less labour intensive and more effective.
Busy times looking after the Giant Weta nymphs (young). We look after almost 30 nymphs and 8 adults.
Great news, we've had funding approved from the Lottery Fund so we are able to continue our breeding programme for the next two years!