Are you interested in helping the Save Our Kaweka Kiwi project? Do you have time to spare?
We have roles in the field for volunteers to monitor kiwi, and if you are keen to learn how to actually handle kiwi in the wild, we would love to hear from you.
Both roles will receive field training and offer you a real hands-on chance to help.
The main requirement is a good level of fitness.
The commitment can range from, say, one day a week for kiwi handling to one day a month in the field.
We also require volunteers to tackle the landscape maintenance at Lake Opouahi. Tasks include removing blackberry, checking traps and path maintenance. This is generally light work.
And if you have skills in fundraising or preparing video material, we would welcome some help there, too.
If you would like to contribute to SOKK’s pest control efforts, why not donate towards a trap? Costs range from about $40 for a standard DOC150 mechanism to a super killer trap, the AT220 at more than $400.
The inventors, NZAutoTraps, say the AT220 is ‘proven to effectively kill possums, rats and mice which reduces the need for different traps. Minimises the bait theft by rats and possums. Minimises trap damage from possums.’ And because it can reset itself, the trap is very low-maintenance.
SOKK has evidence that they work. Volunteers Peter and Judy have one installed in the Kaweka Forest Park, as part of a research project.
We are planning to expand the trapping network in the Kaweka Forest Park, mostly with the trusty low-cost but higher-maintenance DOC150.