Hunua Ranges Kokako Recovery Project

Help bring pest numbers down so that the rare and beautiful bird, the North Island Kokako can breed successfully in the heart of the Hunua Ranges.

You will be trap checking and replacing to reduce predator numbers in the area. You will work in the heart of the Hunua Ranges in lush bush and will be very likely to see rare native birds such as kokako and kaka. Your work will help to reduce the animal pest numbers in the Hunua Ranges and protect the native bird species there – the kokako and soon-to-be introduced brown kiwi in particular.

A good level of fitness and health is important, as you will be walking through the bush and carrying a small pack while you work. A great deal of walking is involved and volunteers need to be comfortable working with traps and toxic bait. Training will be provided to you, just come with a happy attitude!

You will need suitable footwear and outdoor clothing and ideally you will be experienced in walking and/or tramping in the bush.

Social Protocols

  1. Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
  2. Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
  3. Stay safe in the outdoors - Your guides know the environment better than anyone and are there to keep you safe; listen to ALL their instructions, ALL the time.
  4. Be sun smart - Make sure you bring sunblock to protect yourself from the Kiwi sun (even on cloudy days!)

Cultural Protocols

  1. Be a respectful visitor - You will be a guest during this experience, so please be respectful. Two important Māori customs are to take your shoes off indoors and avoid sitting on tables or pillows.
  2. Don't be shy - Kiwis are very friendly, open people so this experience is a great opportunity to not be shy, smile lots and make some new friends.
  3. Hello and goodbye in Māori - If you want to start practising some basic Māori phrases, you could try using ‘Kia ora’ (hello) and ‘Ka kite’ (goodbye).
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