We are bringing Toutouwai - Robin back to the Ohope Scenic Reserve!

North Island RobinThe Whakatane Kiwi Trust recently initiated the translocation of 40 North Island robins, also known as Toutouwai, from Mokoia Island in Lake Rotorua to the Ohope Scenic Reserve. The robins were released into the reserve on 9 August 2014.

The main purpose of the translocation is to boost the small population of Toutouwai/North Island robin already present in the Whakatāne Kiwi Project area. This is a remnant population and the translocation will assist to ensure the species successfully re-establishes.

The translocation will also enhance public awareness for conservation of robin and other species, through public participation in the release, monitoring and management of the population.

The Whakatāne/Ōhope community will enjoy having the opportunity to see a species that is currently rarely seen in the area. Having a relatively tame, conspicuous species present in the reserve will help to promote the idea of the Ōhope Scenic
Reserve as a special place that is easily accessible by the local community.

The success of this project will help to inspire and encourage other community groups that are considering starting pest control/biodiversity restoration initiatives.

Read more about the North Island Robin and future plans for the Whakatane Kiwi Project here.