One of the many rewards as a result of the Whakatāne Kiwi Project is the improvement of the local biodiversity as a whole.
Due to targeted pest control, other bird species numbers are increasing, and animals such as skinks and geckos, and also weta, are becoming more common. The overall health of the bush in the reserves is on the up too – it’s certainly a magic place to be!
Management of pest animals is now under control and the focus can begin to shift more toward the management of pest plant species.
The stable environment in the reserves means that species which have been notably absent from the area can be reintroduced. The first such project was held in August 2014 with the translocation of 40 North Island robin from predator-free Mokoia Island near Rotorua, to the Whakatāne Kiwi Project area in the Ōhope Scenic Reserve.