By Robyn Orchard, Communications Advisor
A Tauranga mum and her three children had the “most amazing day ever” last week when they released two kiwi chicks at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary.
The competition required them to answer the Kiwis for kiwi daily kiwi quiz. To help with the quiz the children spent the month finding out interesting kiwi facts and posting them on their bedroom walls.
On the day of the release, mum and the kids travelled over to Taupo. Along the way the family picked up the two kiwi chicks from Rainbow Springs in Rotorua where they had been incubated and hatched.
Mum Arna was very excited as she got to release one kiwi and eight-year-old Michael released the other. It was an incredible experience for both of them.
According to Arna the experience is all Michael has talked about back at school. His favourite moments were releasing the kiwi into it’s new home, seeing the takahē and having a kārearea swoop down and touch his head.
The family do a lot of bush walks together and having this hands on experience with some of our special native birds was fabulous for them and worth the day away from the office and classroom.
Save the Kiwi month is held during October each year. This year, New Zealanders raised over $50,000 in donations, helping to protect more than 500 kiwi. More information about the month can be found on the Kiwis for Kiwi website.