Kōkako translocation plans are well under way with consultation ongoing between various groups involved, including iwi and the Kokako Recovery Group. The Trust are still tracking to have catching and translocating from Tiritiri Matangi Island in August this year.
There is a lot of work to happen between now and then, with the last of the bait stations being filled in April and a survey will be conducted in May with DOC and the Taranaki Regional Council to ensure the Trust have reached their target of 1% or below 5% pests. Results from a recent Possum Survey conducted by the Taranaki Regional Council received positive results, with possum indices at 0.48% successfully reaching our target of 1% which makes all the hard work that is going in very rewarding.
We also received great news from Tiritiri Matangi Island, they have had a record 2015/2016 kōkako breeding season and the Trust are hoping to receive up to 20 birds in August. This will also be helpful to Tiritiri Matanga Island as it will release some territory pressure.
The Trust also have a givealittle page https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/parininihikokako if you would like to support their work.