Unpublished DOC Report 2754937 - Ponui and Little Barrier Islands as Kiwi Translocation Founders

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From: Joseph Atkinson

Dear Department of Conservation,

Kia ora!

I have read that there are several disagreeing historical reports as to whether or not kiwi lived on Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) before humans arrived in New Zealand. I have also read that kiwi on Hauturu have a unique species of feather louse as well. While researching this, I came across a citation to an unpublished DOC Report that may discuss the origins of the kiwi population on that island. The report is cited as discussing the mixed origins of the kiwi on Ponui Island, but nothing is mentioned in the text about the provenance of the kiwi on Little Barrier Island.

The citation given is as follows:
Allendorf, A., Gemmell, N., Ramstad, K., Taylor, H., Weir, J., and White, D. 2016. Response to DOC ref: Request for Advice -- Expert Genetic Advice Regarding the Use of Ponui and Little Barrier Islands as Kiwi Translocation Founders. Unpublished document DOC-2754937, 1 May 2016.

I am looking to obtain a copy of this report to see if there is any information on the origins of the current kiwi population on Little Barrier Island and whether that might explain the number of white kiwi that have hatched at Pukaha/Mt Bruce from kiwi transferred from Little Barrier Island.

Yours faithfully,

Joseph Atkinson

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From: Joseph Atkinson

Dear Sonia and Fathima,

Thank you very much for facilitating the release of this report! Additionally, thank you for the addition references from the newspapers!

Yours sincerely,

Joseph Atkinson

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