Kiwi by J G Keulemans, 1873, modified by Jamie Ward

Te Korowai o Waiheke: towards a predator-free Waiheke

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Saturday 5 to Sunday 27 October
- Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm
- Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm


Waiheke Library

131-133 Ocean View Road, Waiheke Island

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Kauri forests were the base of Waiheke’s ecosystem 250 years ago. Many major species such as moa were already extinct, but the forest would still have been alive with birdsong.

Today, introduced species mean we no longer hear kiwi and korimako. Disease threatens the remaining kauri. What native species do we still have, and how can we protect them?

The goal of Te Korowai o Waiheke is to make Waiheke the world’s first predator-free urban island. If we eradicate predators like rats and stoats, what could Waiheke look like in another 250 years? Is there a possibility of reintroducing kiwi?

What do we as a community need to do to protect our remaining living taonga?

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