Pukaha News

First takahē egg at Pukaha for over 20 years.

The rangers at Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre were delighted to discover that the resident takahē couple, Natural and Fomi are sitting on an egg. The egg was discovered on Saturday by Pukaha ranger, Tara Swan. The discovery of the egg, marks the first time there has been a takahē egg laid at the centre for over 20 years.

Pukaha receives ZAA Welfare Accreditation

Pukaha Mount Bruce has been recognized for meeting positive animal welfare outcomes.  Recently assessed by the Zoo and Aquarium Association’s (ZAA) Accreditation Program, Pukaha has successfully achieved Accreditation.  

The Zoo and Aquarium (ZAA) Accreditation Program has lifted the bar for animal welfare standards, and is for all ZAA member zoos and aquariums.  With a positive animal welfare focus, the new Accreditation Program is a world first for the zoo industry.

Love Pukaha 2017 a success

Pukaha's annual fundraising dinner was held on Friday 28 April and over $14,000 was raised towards the conservation work being undertaken on site.

Thank you to all the people and businesses who donated goods for this dinner. A full list of the donated goods can be found here

Thanks also to those who attended on the night.

Happy 6th Birthday Manukura!

On May the 1st six years ago Pukaha got a huge suprise when Manukura, the rare white kiwi was hatched in the kiwi house nursery. Manukura is not albino but has white feathers due to a recessive gene that has been handed down by her parents.

Now a days Manukura is sharing her aviary with her "boyfriend" Turua. They are both active kiwi in O.N.E - Operation Nest Egg. This is our national kiwi recovery programme.

Be a Junior Ranger at Pukaha these holidays

It's almost Easter school holidays so it's time to get your Junior Rangers signed up for Ranger duty! Pukaha can help keep the kids busy with our hands on, interactive school holiday programme.

BioBlitz 2016 a success

Our first BioBlitz, held on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February, has been declared an outstanding success.

A BioBlitz is a scientific race against time to find, identify and record all the different kinds of plants, fungi, animals, invertebrates and other living creatures present in a specific search area, in this case a one square kilometre area of the Pukaha Forest.

Bring out your Wild Things this summer!

This summer is all about more green and less screen at Pukaha Mount Bruce.

BioBlitz at Pukaha

The "Bug Man", Ruud Kleinpaste will be joining schools, community, volunteers and Pukaha Mount Bruce staff on February 26 and 27 to undertake a BioBlitz at Pukaha.

A BioBlitz is a biodiversity inventory and Pukaha is inviting the community to come and join in.

We are looking for people with an interest and passion for ecology - whether it's insects, invertebrates, plants, fungi or birds. Community volunteers will assist with collecting specimens, logging data and will also have the opportunity to spend time with Ruud in the Pukaha reserve.

Ducklings Galore at Pukaha

Pateke family

We are having a wonderful breeding year for our ducklings so far at Pukaha. 

Our Pateke have each successfully hatched 6 ducklings giving us an  even dozen ducklings.

Our Whio have raised 3 ducklings so far, with another 4 eggs close to hatching.

So far our red-crowned kakariki have been slow to breed but after triple clutching last year we think that they are taking their time this year.

Wairarapa Garden Tour Tickets sold out

Organisers of the Wairarapa Garden Tour, a fundraiser for Pukaha Mount Bruce, say that for the first time since the Garden Tour was first organised in 2010, it has sold out.