Yesterday I was lucky enough to witness the release of two Coromandel brown kiwi (originally meant to be three, but one fell sick at the last minute) on lush, pristine Motutapu Island.
It was the result of a long buildup and many months of hard slog on the part of several parties, including the community-led Project Kiwi Trust, DOC, the Motutapu Restoration Trust and corporate sponsor Bayer.
With DOC facing funding cuts and a reduction in head counts, yesterday's outing was a powerful reminder of the importance of the work they do.
Here are some video highlights (with yours truly getting about half a second of facetime about 20 seconds in).
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