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New arrival at Whinray Reserve

The second kiwi chick of the season was delivered to Whinray Scenic Reserve earlier this month.

The kiwi chick, who is yet to be named, is a descendent of one of the original kiwis who first lived in the Whinray Scenic Reserve kiwi creche.

The chick was born at the national kiwi hatchery in Rainbow Springs, Rotorua and transported to the reserve by members of the Whinray Scenic Reserve Trust.

Releasing of the kiwi was tied into a planting day for the tuatara creche, a habitat being created for tuatara.

Motu community and Whinray Trust community took part in the planting day.

“The Motu school children have a science project where they will learn about kiwi and, through their research, hopefully come up with a name for the chick,” Whinray Scenic Reserve and Motu School trustee Pania King said.

“The students and everyone involved in the day loved it.”

About 50 people from the Motu community took part in the day.

“This was one of the first community get-togethers for the Motu community since Covid-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown.

“We all got together for our collective wellbeing. Everytime we organise something it's a sort of check up on how everyone is doing,” Mrs King said.

KIWI COMMUNITY: From left are Paul Cornwell, Taane King, Harry Newman, Steve Sawyer, Zoe Newman and Greer Newman. Picture by Lottie Hedley