Kiwi Releases

Just before Christmas PF Olsen contractors and staff were represented at a release of a young kiwi into the wild at a heavily pest controlled sanctuary on the outskirts of Whakatane. This bird was the offspring of a breeding pair that have been present in an operational forest managed by PF Olsen.

Over the last three years a monitoring and breeding project has received some financial support through PF Olsen and the forest owner. The monitoring included establishing how the birds fared when careful harvesting occurred close by in their mixed plantation and indigenous forest habitats and also involved the lifting of eggs for captive breeding at Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua prior to re-release to the wild.