The Restoration Project


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Why Puketi?

Puketi has several advantages as a location for a pest free sanctuary:

Progress So Far

From commencement in 2003 to July 2011 the Trust raised almost NZ$1 million, most of which has been spent in the forest on pest control.

Nearly 100 km of tracks have been cut. Ten traplines with 740 stoat traps and 246 cat traps have been established in the 5500 hectare management area. 2300 rat traps and 841 possum traps have been set out in the 650 hectare core area. [See Map of the Management Area]

Reliable contractors have been engaged to service the traps, and to the end of 2011 more than 24,000 pests have been removed. See our [Pest Control] and [Trapping Results] pages.

Monitoring has indicated increases in populations of kiwi and other birds
[See Wildlife Monitoring].

Target low populations of rats suitable for re-introduction of vulnerable bird species have been achieved in the core area. [See Pest Monitoring]

Re-introduction of locally extinct wildlife has begun with 30 North Island robins (toutouwai) transferred in June 2009 and a further 30 in April 2010. Monitoring has confirmed that the toutouwai have bred successfully in the core area each season since their release. Transfer of kokako to Puketi has been approved and is planned for spring of 2012. [See the Strategic Plan]

This page last updated: 23 March 2012

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