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Kaka & Kiwi

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From: Bridget Percy

Dear Department of Conservation,

Thank you for your responses to my previous OIAs.

With reference my kaka OIA please answer the following questions:

1. Please explain where your estimate of 150+ kaka came from.
2. When will the next kaka census take place?
3. Why are kaka at Pukaha no longer monitored?
4. If kaka have an average clutch of 4 chicks why is the strategic goal of just 15 extra (10%) kaka by 2021 so low?
5. Aerial 1080 was dropped over the Pukaha Forest in 2014, 2015, 2016 & again in October this year. Have any dead kaka been found in the Pukaha Forest since 2014 and if so were they tested for poison residues?

With regard to kiwi numbers please answer the following questions:

6. Thank for the table of translocated birds - please can I have this again but this time including the 3 kiwi brought into Pukaha this year.
7. In June this year there were 13 monitored kiwi and 3 unmonitored kiwi in the Pukaha Forest yet in your OIA reponse on the 27th November 2018 you indicated there were 7 monitored and 20 unmonitored kiwi currently in the Pukaha Forest:
a) Have 6 monitored kiwi lost their tags since June or are they dead?
b) Please explain your figure of 20 unmonitored kiwi when only 3 unmonitored kiwi were found in the 2018 kiwi call count.
8. In answer to question 8 of my previous OIA you stated that the Pukaha Mount Bruce Board has a strategic goal of achieving a 65% survival rate of monitored kiwi chicks for six months past release by 2035 (17 years away). Bearing in mind how many adult kiwi have been killed at Pukaha in the past 15 years please explain why this strategic goal only refers to chicks up to 6 months after release and doesn't mention total adult kiwi numbers.
9. With just two kiwi breeding this season and their young still being released back into the Pukaha Forest is there a risk of genetic deformities with such a small gene pool (assuming the chicks survive to breeding age)?

Yours faithfully,

Bridget Percy

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Dear Bridget


On behalf of the Director-General of the Department of Conservation, I
confirm receipt of your request below.


Your request has been forwarded to the relevant business group for
processing. You will receive a reply by 28 January 2019, in accordance
with the requirements of the Official Information Act 1982.


Please note that the Ombudsman has set an OIA holiday from 25 December to
15 January. The 20 working days allowed for your response will be on hold
over this period, and will continue again from 16 January.  


Yours sincerely


Gabrielle Muir

for Director-General





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Ministerial Support Advisor (Government Services)

Policy & Visitors Group

Department of Conservation - Te Papa Atawhai

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