Kiwi Birdlife Park

An island weka tale

By GUY WILLIAMS Take a true story and improve on it a little. That’s the approach Glenorchy artist Dine Riera took when she decided to write a children’s book about Pigeon Island’s weka. The result is her first book, The Extraordinary True...

Park branches into gallery

A QUEENSTOWN-born artist is organising an art show to benefit the local Kiwi Birdlife Park. Professional artist and tutor Ira Mitchell (above) has pulled together 20 works for the fundraising exhibition, which will open at the park at 5pm tomorrow...

Park climbs off the canvas

By GUY WILLIAMS The long-term survival of Queenstown’s only wildlife park looks more assured after a financial lifeline from the government. The Kiwi Birdlife Park on Brecon Street is one of 28 similar facilities around the country that’ll get a slice...
By HUGH COLLINS Queenstown's only wildlife park has had "overwhelming" support after being forced into Covid-19 survival mode. For all of last month, Kiwi Birdlife Park on Brecon Street operated on donations only, a move that was purely about raising awareness,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown park for rare birds and reptiles is critically endangered itself. Opened 34 years ago, Kiwi Birdlife Park's a widely-acclaimed conservation park entirely funded by visitors, who of course stopped coming when the Covid-19 lockdown happened in...

Russell’s namesake

Queenstown's Kiwi Birdlife Park's newest resident's been named after his adopted grandad. Park boss Paul Kavanagh says Russell, a South Island kaka chick, has been named in honour of Southlander Russell Evans, who died in July, "an amazingly dedicated and...

In love at first tweet

Romance has blossomed between the two newest inhabitants of Queenstown's Kiwi Birdlife Park. In the latest addition to the park's breed-for-release programme, a pair of South Island kaka arrived at the park in October from Invercargill's Bushhaven wildlife centre. Park manager...

Something to chirp about

Kiwi Birdlife Park's all in a flap after being recognised for its animal welfare practices. It's the first wildlife park in NZ to be recognised under the newest iteration of an animal welfare programme. The Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA)...

Zipping into Conservation Week

The search for a breeding pair of keas on Ben Lomond's being given a boost by one of Queenstown's most environmentally-conscious companies. To celebrate Conservation Week this week, Ziptrek Ecotours has formed a partnership with the Kea Conservation Trust. The company,...

Kiwi bird saved by C-section

One of Queenstown Kiwi Birdlife Park's star breeding kiwis has been saved by a rare emergency C-section. Park keepers found Tawahi having seizures in her burrow last Friday afternoon. They rushed the bird, one of only two breeding females at the...

Cracking new blue additions

Queenstown's Kiwi Birdlife Park has a few new additions to its feathery brood. Four blue ducks, or whio, of which there are about 2000 in the whole country, hatched this week. The endemic birds are classified by the Department of Conservation...

Park’s cash for natives

Kiwi Birdlife Park owners are embarking on a new environmental initiative. Paul and Sandra Wilson are stumping up cash for staff to plant a tree per day within the grounds. Paul reckons it shows they're doing their bit for climate change. Sandra...
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