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Stratford Press - 2021-10-13

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Kiwi on the move in Egmont National Park

Sports In Taranaki

Primo the kiwi has done some major exploring since she was released into Egmont National Park in May by the Taranaki Kiwi Trust. The Western Brown Kiwi took off over about 6 kilometres to get near Tahurangi Lodge. She then headed back down to her current spot, which is just below the Ram Track, having passed to the north of the North Egmont Visitor Centre. Sian Potier, from the Taranaki Kiwi Trust, says Primo’s radio transmitter shows she’s settled down and has been in the same area for the past two months. “These birds can travel massive distances after they are released, sometimes up to 25km, which makes our job of tracking them a little challenging at times.” And it is not unusual to have kiwi up quite high on the mountain. “We do have birds up in the sub-alpine zone. There is a male kiwi, Popo, who lives just below Tahurangi Lodge. We were all hoping Primo might join him up there as he has been living the bachelor life for a few years.” Broadband provider Primo sponsors the kiwi and managing director Matt Harrison says it fully supports the trust’s work in getting Western Brown Kiwi back into the wild. “And who knew a kiwi would be such a mountain climber. We’re just thrilled she’s settled down and is doing that kiwi thing, hopefully with a friend or two.”

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