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West Coast pest-proof native forest maximising survival for kiwi chicks

A passionate community group dedicated to running conservation projects in the Paparoa Range, are creating a lush, predator-free native forest to ease the transition for kiwi chicks into the wild.

The Paparoa Wildlife Trust (PWT) opened the Atarau Sanctuary in 2010, fencing off 12.5 hectares of land with the long-term vision of turning it into a completely predator free sanctuary for the great spotted kiwi.
The Sanctuary has become a huge asset for the kiwi population, thanks to the PWT team and passionate community who are working hard to help restore the site to a thriving native forest.
Atarau Sanctuary regularly hosts open days and encourages schools and other groups to join them in learning more about how the creche helps boost recruitment of juvenile Kiwi back into the Paparoa Range.
Primary school children from the local Paparoa Range School recently spent an afternoon at the site and were thrilled to see a health check of a great spotted kiwi during their visit. Children then planted a native tree, provided through charity organisation Trees That Count.

Trees That Count is proud to be involved with the project and has committed to providing 2500 native trees through the marketplace for their 2020 season.
PWT’s Ray Beckford said Trees That Count’s support will make a significant difference to the restoration of the site.
“By planting this area in native plants it will replicate an environment that will be comparable to the wild environment in which the great spotted kiwi will be released,” says Ray.
“Support from organisations such as Trees that Count is really important for helping us create a safe transition for our young kiwis, and ultimately give them the best chance of survival.”