Paul Kavanagh

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...

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...

Poison pills

A 1080 drop in top of the lake mountain valleys has been dubbed a "necessary evil" by Queenstown's Kiwi Birdlife Park. The Department of Conservation op took in 19,500ha of public conservation land last Friday. Birdlife park manager Paul Kavanagh says...
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